Reuniting with mom and dad in the United States

Jorge Juares and his family took different paths to get to the United States.
Jan 4, 2018

Seeking refuge in the U.S. after fleeing persecution in Hitler’s Austria

Claire Ellinger's family worried until the last minute that they would not make it out of Nazi-era Austria.
Jan 3, 2018

Discovering a U.S. that’s not just a Hollywood image

Claire Komori's first impression of the United States was quite different from what she expected.
Jan 2, 2018

Hugging everybody on her first day in the United States

Mario Godoy-Gonzalez told his wife that some Americans don't like to be kissed and hugged. But on their first day, that went out the window.
Dec 29, 2017

A sleepless first night in the United States

His first night in the U.S. was at the home of some friends of the family. It wasn't a warm welcome.
Dec 30, 2016

Coming to a big, big, big country

"Its buildings, its cities, its cars, everything, the people, everything is big."
Dec 29, 2016

A restaurant wall says a thousand words

Tired of being shaken down in Greece for running a food stand, a family moves to Seattle.
Dec 28, 2016

In America, you can get to know your waiters

Shaun Sik, from Malaysia, and his family had a conversation with a waiter that changed his impression of people in the United States.
Dec 27, 2016

A first impression of the U.S.: Roads so straight and smooth

Tatyana Shtefyuk, originally from Ukraine, was struck by the short lines, smiles from strangers and smooth roads in her new country.
Dec 26, 2016

An Algerian chef starts an Italian restaurant with a French name

Chef Abe Hadjal of Zouave restaurant in Ravenna talks about his journey, his food, and why the U.S. is still the best.
Dec 16, 2016

A first day in the U.S. with birthday cake

There was a chocolate cake awaiting Sandhya van den Eijkhof in their new Chicago apartment on the other side of a long immigration line.
Jan 1, 2016

Embracing a new life in the U.S. after a fatal prognosis

Given five years to live after a cancer diagnosis at age 18, Vladmira Behrova immigrated to the U.S., determined to see the world.
Dec 31, 2015

A German arrives in the U.S. at its most tragic moment

Among Sigrun Woten's first experiences in the United States was hearing the news of President John F. Kennedy's assassination.
Dec 30, 2015

An Asian family’s first experience with American sizes

Aaron Wong recalls his family's reaction to the size of their hotel room and their dinner on their first day in the United States.
Dec 29, 2015

Bahamian businesswoman overcomes first days of hardship

Leona Coakley-Spring, today a Redmond business owner, recalls her first experience of snow and trusting people who took advantage of her as a new immigrant.
Dec 28, 2015

Mexican teen finds refuge in Seattle

“No one could go out after 7 p.m. because it was dangerous and [the gang members] could just pick you up off the street,”
Jan 2, 2015

Scottish in Seattle

When was the last time you saw a cow? If you lived in Kilmaurs, Scotland, the answer would probably be “this morning.” The town of just over 2,600 people is ringed by dairy farms, manure-filled fields, and cows, making them part of residents’ everyday life.
Dec 26, 2014

Immigrant dancers fighting for U.S. work visas

Ballroom dancers come through customs hoping to propel their careers by training with some of the world’s top coaches. But they're often gone again within six months, unable to secure an O-1B work visa.
Dec 19, 2014