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  • Bringing Your Slice of Life to the Potluck

    | Anonymous

    I was born and raised in the Bay Area all my life, my first experience of being "American" began back in 7th grade. All of it stemmed from my lacking inability to ask for help in Cantonese, my mother didn't take kindly to this and called me out. "You're Chinese! Act like it!" This left me bewildered, and I instinctively snapped back with, "I'm Chinese-American! I was born here…

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  • Moved Legally, Now Running Out of Options

    | Anonymous

    I moved here legally as a child with my parents and sister but as time moved on my application to stay here fell through cracks in the immigration system. Now that my entire family is here as lawful permanent residents, I have been struggling for the past 8 years, jumping from one visa status to another to be able to stay here with my family. Every year I face…

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  • Hiding in Plain Sight

    | Anonymous

    Gareth Kelly, a small business owner in San Luis Obispo, is more than meets the eye. His journey began with a J-1 visa, and later an H1-B visa, which allowed him to work in the United States after traveling from England. When the business he was working for suddenly closed shop during the Recession, Kelly was shocked that he was not legally able to transfer his visa to another…

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  • Maria Burns

    | Anonymous

    American is not define by a geographic situation, is define by who they are, an American is someone who follow his/her dreams, who is fearless and persistent, who do the best for him/herself and others, someone who makes a difference in this world, doesn't matter if is just a little contribution, we together can make a difference.

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  • Ashley O'Kurley

    | Anonymous

    I am enormously sympathetic to immigrants and I applaud the effort to include all perspectives. I look like a stereotypical "all-American" -- played football in college, leader in my Fraternity, established in the financial profession, pro-business outward-looking worldview, etc. But I have been struggling for five years in the Labor Certification process trying to get my Green Card.

    I think that a light needs to be…

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