The average immigrant is risk averse. We've left our homeland (in my case, Liberia), and in many instances, our possessions to start from zero. We're chasing the American Dream and will do anything to improve the quality of life for ourselves and for our families.
Now, the Golden State is building a blueprint of pro-immigrant policy-making that's reverberating across the nation. And we are far from done. This year, we're determined to break new ground and fortify our blueprint for immigrant rights.
There had always been only us: my mother, my father, my five sisters and four brothers, one uncle, an Armenian aunt -- probably with her own sad story to tell -- and their daughter who married and moved away too soon. Then a void.
Last Mother's Day, I filmed an interview with my now 89-year-old grandma and her 96-year-old best friend in their assisted living home in Queens, NY.
I continue to celebrate and honor my grandmother's life by following her passions for reading and writing. Both these pastimes are an integral part of my own life. This is my way of honoring her.
There are simple strategies for journalists to stop acting as saviors. We can't just drop in, extract our story, and depart. We must take the time to listen, develop relationships, dedicate resources, and ultimately, allow the migrants themselves to steer the ship.
Hillary Clinton, please take a moment to thank Rep. Steve King for his tremendously effective effort to assure your election in 2016. When it comes to rapidly ascendant American Latino and Asian-American voters, Steve King and his radical ideas are the equivalent of several, well-funded SuperPacs dumping money in Hillary Clinton's favor.
"I had a friend and when we were 14, she said to me, 'I have a secret,'" she says. "And the secret was that she had a fiancé who was 10 years older. At the time, I didn't know what it meant, and I thought it was like having a boyfriend."
It's horrifying. It's inhumane. Yet there are men and women who are forced to make that choice every single day: whether to die at home, for certain; or to take to the sea and maybe die, or maybe live.
FirstGen Show is the late coming-of-age story of a first generation American woman who discovers that she wants to drop out of Harvard Medical School...to become a comedian. Her immigrant parents are less than pleased.
People of South Asian descent, listen up. We have a big problem on our hands and there just aren't enough people who know about it. If we don't act ...
Over the past couple years, I have written about some extraordinary young immigrants in our country. Common to all of these personal success stories has been the quiet assistance of a single organization, The Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans.
While it may not have been Tammy's intent, posing this seemingly innocuous question is a poorly disguised microaggression that perpetuates the belief that Asian-Americans are cultural and racial outsider within the American context. T
As an immigrant who came to this country at age 5 with no economic advantages, I believe that entrepreneurism is the greatest force the world has ever known for lifting people out of poverty. SBA plays a special role in empowering those born without any head start.
Those who attempt what is very risky journey often feel they have few other options, and the disappearance or death of those who don't survive is incredibly distressing for their families. Colibrí both help to contest the dehumanization of migrants, dignifying them as individuals whose lives matter.
While looking for modern slavery is certainly not an easy task and there is still more to do in our own supply chains, it is something that all big companies can and must do.