At age 5, helping mom and dad adjust to life in the U.S.

Arriving in the US at the ripe age of five, Sam was the first in his family to adapt to life in Seattle and he helped his parents and sister adjust.
Sep 12, 2019

First a road trip, then a dream come true

Massimiliano Chiodo recalls his first time in the United States on a road trip with friends — lots of McDonald's and not at all like the movies.
Aug 21, 2019

A life lesson in the “chicken”

An interpreter remembers her first days in the United States being embarrassed about struggling with English. But one day changed all that.
Aug 7, 2019

Skipping class for an away game in the United States

UW student Qiao "Bridge" Hu immigrated from Beijing to the U.S. in 2014. Though he struggled to adapt at first, he says now that he doesn't regret coming.
Jul 22, 2019

A long-planned entry to the U.S. goes differently than expected

When Lien Pham first immigrated to the United States, she was surprised to find that her arrival wasn't as easy as she had originally anticipated.
Jul 15, 2019

Readjusting the senses in the United States

When Shourya Jain first landed in the United States, he was mesmerized. But it took him some time to adjust to his new surroundings.
Jul 8, 2019

A flood of emotions on her first days in the United States

When Jordan native Abeer Hawamdeh came to America for her eldest daughter's graduation, she was struck by the contradicting emotions she felt upon arrival.
Jul 3, 2019

Landing in the United States was like opening a gift

In 1998, Arnold Pasia immigrated from the Philipines to Seattle at the age of 33. He discusses his experience in this interview.
Jun 24, 2019

Six days without showering en route to the United States

Oscar Rodriguez discusses his experience immigrating from Mexico to the United States.
Jun 17, 2019

The first day in the United States was a step into the bigger world

21-year-old University of California San Diego student Jae Kim immigrated to the U.S. when he was 14 years old, by himself.
Jun 10, 2019

Looking for a sense of belonging in the United States

While in the process of becoming a U.S. citizen, Lulu McManigal lost her Chinese citizenship. Now, she's struggling to find a sense of belonging.
Jun 4, 2019

The adventure and culture shock of coming to a new country

Cindy Huang first arrived in the United State in 2011 at age 16 from her home country, Taiwan.
Dec 28, 2018

The rush of arrival and welcome on his first day in the United States

Bilal Sijok’s spent his first day in Portland, Oregon, before arriving in Camas, Washington, where he would attend his senior year of high school.
Dec 27, 2018

The exciting and exhausting journey across an ocean

Tamara Benassuli is an International student from Switzerland. She visited the New York as a tourist a few times, but Benassuli only recently came over to live in Seattle as an exchange student.
Dec 25, 2018

From the first drive from LAX into a country reliant on cars

Jack Ma is a 21-year-old student at the University of Washington studying Computer Engineering. He came to the United States from Guangzhou, China, in 2012 at age 15 with his parents after middle school.
Dec 24, 2018

The greatest choice his parents ever made for him

"You go to a store, people try to talk to you, say, "Hey, uh, you can't touch that, you can't touch that." But you can only look at their facial expression, looking like, oh, they're screaming at me, what are they really saying?"
Jul 6, 2018
Danica Groah came to the US from Germany in 2006. (Photo courtesy Danica Groah)

Gambling on returning to United States

"Coming from Germany where there is not a lot of space, we have small cars...the first time I was over here and I look around at this really big Dodge Ram Ford F-150 or whatever driving next to the bus, which is already big and I’m like “Holy sh*t, what is that thing? Is that a tank?”
Jul 5, 2018

A “country girl” from Costa Rica in front of the White House

Isabel Loomis first came to the United States in 1951 for a one-year scholarship program under the Truman Point Four Program in Washington D.C.
Jul 4, 2018

A birthday also becomes her anniversary of arrival

"I moved here on my birthday, so every birthday I also celebrate my anniversary here."
Jul 3, 2018

A 24-hour journey to the United States

Bishara Kharoufeh, 50, was born in Palestine during the 1967 war between the Arabs and the Israelis.
Jul 2, 2018