Reuniting with mom and dad in the United States
by Jordan Duncan
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
by Max Wasserman
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
by Katie Fenton
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
by Frankie Godoy
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
by Elizabeth Alvarado
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
by Jack Russillo
"Its buildings, its cities, its cars, everything, the people, everything is big."
Dec 29, 2016
A restaurant wall says a thousand words
by Aaron Huang
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
by Sam Tilford
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
by Carly Knight
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
by Taylor McAvoy
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
by Ashley McCuen
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
by Sophie Hayes
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
by Kayla Roberts
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
by Sidney Sullivan
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
by Starla Sampaco
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
by Erika Sommer
“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
by Clare McGrane
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