In the spirit of Asian Heritage Month & Immigration Month, we want to raise awareness around our unique immigration stories and let’s kick off this!!!! As Asian Americans, we all have a powerful immigration story. Share your family’d immigration story of coming to America or the challenges you faced growing up as an Asian American. Then tag 3 of your Asian American friends & challenge them to share their story!
Use #thisishome #pbpsf and tag @pbpsf to join the movement!!!! You can find our first shared story below from one of our member @thaopham26 [Repost] I have my own room with a locked door for the very first time in March 2017. I came to the US as a student ten years ago to the middle of nowhere called Yuma, Arizona. Though I started English when I was ten, I couldn’t understand much of what my classmates and professors said. I wasn’t ready to move to America when I was seventeen but my parents had sacrificed a lot to send me here with a hope for a better life and education. It was difficult adapting to this new life, new culture and new people. I tried to fit in - even learned to make knock knock jokes. It was not the slang, the multiple under-table jobs, the culture difference that stressed me out. It was the post university life and how can I hold on to my “American Dream”. As a non STEM student, like the millions of us out there, we are holding on to degree after degree after degree, a piece of paper that helps us extend our stays here in America with a hope that one day we will get sponsored by a company or for some, find a husband/wife (let’s just be real here). Same for many refugees, immigrants and international kids out there, I was willing to take a chance, to chase after my dreams and what I believe to be my happiness. Throughout the years, I realized that we are greater than our circumstances, we don’t have to go through life being a victim. No matter how bad it is or how bad it is going to get, I am going to make it! I am sure each of us have stories of our own and it will be awesome to share challenges and how you overcome those as an alien/immigrant in the US.