I can finally achieve one of my two life dreams. One was to become a licensed attorney, and the other hopefully to one day become a US citizen.
Romanian immigrant Ovidiu Colea claims to be the last New Yorker to manufacture Statue of Liberty replicas in the city. He makes a point to hire immigrants in his Queens factory.
Winemaking was “immigrants’ business, because America drank beer.
Brigitta Balogh left her hometown of Szentes in the south-eastern part Hungary when she was 25 years old. She now lives in San Diego, California where she works three jobs, including one where she makes gelato by hand. One of her unique flavors: beer gelato.
She trained as a pastry chef in Hungary, and then went to work in restaurants in Qatar, Austria, Italy, and London. There, she enrolled herself in an intensive language program to learn English. She’s the first and only person in her family to move to the U.S.
PRI’s The World, inspired by the South Asia Asian American Digital Archive’s First Days Project, is looking for your stories about your first days in the United States—or those of your parents or grandparents. Share by tagging your Tumblr posts #firstdays, or by pressing the record button below and speaking into your computer’s microphone.
I talked to Samip Mallick the other day about his “First Days” project at the South Asian American Digital Archive. Fantastic idea. People often remember, despite how many years have gone by, their first days, their arrival, to a new country with crystal-clear recall. Mallick is capturing that digitally. We’re asking our listeners who are immigrants or have immigrant heritage to share their first days in the United States? Have your parents or grandparents told you about their first days here? Tell your stories here in text and/or images, or share links to audio or video recordings. Here’s a link for more info:
Share your story by using the tag #firstdays.
Most of us live here. We have a ghost town, basically, at home.