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Monday, December 27th, 2010
10:14 pm
Hi, I love that there has been a group created just for this!

Do you speak your family's language? yes, I speak fluent Polish
Did you often visit their home country? I've only been back once since I was born (summer of 2007)
Did you grow up among other immigrants from the same country or was your family background unusual?
I've grown up with my parents and brother and the occasional Polish friends of my parents, but never for a long time at a time.
What was your family's attitude to education?
My family supports it and my parents (especially my father) are making it a must that I get into a very "good" college.
Did they have access to education at home?
Has your family background influenced your choice of work?
Definitely, as an immigrant I've discovered my love for other cultures and learning about them. I also love traveling, thus its only the more reasonable that I'm choosing to major in International Relations
If you were born abroad but immigrated at an early age are you first or second generation?
I believe I'm second generation, I was born in Poland but came to the US at 3. My parents brought me over, thus making me 2nd gen.
Thursday, October 30th, 2008
4:00 pm
Hello everybody *waves at everybody*

I am hppyflwr  and I am new here (just joined actually) and I am very happy that I found this site is really cool. Hope to get to know a lot of people. Here I go

Do you speak your family's language?Yes I do I speak English and Spanish

Did you often visit their home country? It's been 14 yrs since I went back

Did you grow up among other immigrants from the same country or was your family background unusual? There is a lot of us here where I live

What was your family's attitude to education? Oh absolutely, that's the reason why Dad decided to come to the US in the first place

Did they have access to education at home? Yes my mother is an accountant dad was in the Ejercito (MIlitary in Mexico)

Has your family background influenced your choice of work? Well I am an accountant too (just like mom)  and I work with Latinos so I guess I have to say yes.

If you were born abroad but immigrated at an early age are you first or second generation? 1st generation my sister an I were very little when we immigrated here to the US.

Well that all for me is really nice to be here people.


Current Mood: ready to go home
Sunday, May 11th, 2008
10:25 pm
Another Newbie C:
Do you speak your family's language? Partly. My mum's British so, english is my thang. My father's from Belize and speaks something I have no desire to wrap my tongue around.

Did you often visit their home country? Nope.

Did you grow up among other immigrants from the same country or was your family background unusual? I was raised as an American so I have no memory speaking with other immigrants.

What was your family's attitude to education? Gogogo! Education is extremely important to my family. I've been encourage to go as far as I can. Doctorate here I come. ;D

Did they have access to education at home? High school (or the equivalent) is as far as they've gotten.

Has your family background influenced your choice of work? Not at all.

If you were born abroad but immigrated at an early age are you first or second generation? Second? My parents came with me here to the US when I was 3.

Current Mood: artistic
Friday, May 2nd, 2008
1:25 am
New here
Do you speak your family's language?
I only know a few Finnish words, but I can sort of get the jist of a conversation.

Did you often visit their home country?
No, but I would love to go!

Did you grow up among other immigrants from the same country or was your family background unusual?
Actually, there were (still are, actually) a lot of Finns in my area in Michigan. I remember my grandparents on both sides speaking to each other in Finnish and the older people at church. A lot of my friends are also part Finnish.

What was your family's attitude to education?
To my father it is extremely important! He finished college with a BA in...something science. Mom only finished high school but took some night courses through the local college.

Did they have access to education at home?
I know my dad went to elementary school when he was still living in Finland - the teachers were VERY strict (according to him).

If you were born abroad but immigrated at an early age are you first or second generation?
Since my father was born in Finland but immigrated to the US...I guess that makes me first generation.

I feel like my heritage is very important to me! I'm proud to be Finnish! Hopefully someday I will actually learn the language and be able to have a real conversation with my grandmother in Finnish!
I've learned that I can apply for dual citizenship in Finland because my father was born there - so that is something that I will most likely look into.

Current Mood: happy
Thursday, May 1st, 2008
6:12 pm
Do you speak your family's language?I'm trying to learn Italian. My father spoke it when he was a child. My great grandparents(his grandparents) came to America in 1906 from Italy. He and most of the family stopped speaking Italian when they passed away. So I only knew a few words growing up.Therefore I consider myself a third generation. Great grandparents the immigrants - my grandfather, their son ,first born in America 1st generation- my dad ,second generation- me third.
Did you often visit their home country?I am planning my first trip either this fall or next spring
Did you grow up among other immigrants from the same country or was your family background unusual? Well i grew up in a area in seattle known as the "garlic gultch" most of the people living there were Italian- but most were 1st generations not immigrants

What was your family's attitude to education?Most of them didn't even finish high school.

Has your family background influenced your choice of work?yes I'm pursing a degree in history.

If you were born abroad but immigrated at an early age are you first or second generation?I made my explanation above. The proof is in legal papers not in what you believe. After looking into dual citizenship, it was explained to me by the consulate.
Wednesday, April 23rd, 2008
11:18 am
Hi all!!

Do you speak your family's language? Yes, we all speak English

Did you often visit their home country? I'm a first-born Australian where all my family is from the UK, and I've lived there for about 4-5 years of my life.

Did you grow up among other immigrants from the same country or was your family background unusual? I grew up among other Australians.

What was your family's attitude to education? Generally positive, though it's kind of hard to tell, to be honest. Sometimes they seem to think it's important but they seem confused as to why I'm not able to earn a lot of money while studying full time (I'm an undergrad Anthropology student).

Did they have access to education at home? Yes, but I don't think both of my parents finished high school.

Has your family background influenced your choice of work? I suppose so, the travelling we did as a kid made me interested in cultures, hence my choice of studying Anthropology.

If you were born abroad but immigrated at an early age are you first or second generation? First generation.

A bit more about me - like I said, I'm the first in my family to be born in Australia, I'm an Anthropology student with a work background in Event Management (and other dull administrative jobs that pay bills) and my partner and I are thinking of immigrating to Canada one day.
Monday, March 24th, 2008
1:16 pm
Poetry anthology
Hello, hello hey

I am working on an anthology of poetry by immigrant [or first generation] people who identify as LGBT/queer. I want the poetry in this anthology to focus on the experience of an individual living between two worlds, the world they/their family/community comes from [sometimes even lives in] and the world their sexual identity brings [or doesn't] bring them into. I am looking for submissions or publishing leads.

This is the long story or the short one:

I have been interested for some time in the lives of those who negotiate who they are and when; walking a line between community and acceptance. I grew up in an immigrant Russian household [immigrant myself] within a Russian community. This experience shaped me into a creature of balancing acts and secret poetry. I would sneak out to queer open mics and come home to a place where my parents would talk about how strange and disgusting Americans are, fucking everyone and shaming the world. I realized that I was one of those "Americans" and in order to live safely within the Russian community, I would have to disguise myself at all times. Outside the Russian community I was just another queer white girl who wouldn't come out. Didn't I know about PFLAG? Everybody's community/family eventually "gets over it,' right? Well, if you recognize the lack of english speakers in immigrant communities or the lack of LGBT outreach and ACCEPTANCE education in places like "little Russia" then you understand where the road ahead seemed blurry. In a culture of Will&Grace, Queer Eye for the Straight Guy and every other show that allows you to think coming out leads to acceptance, there is very little in the way of safety nets for those who do choose to risk the truth.

When I first came out to myself, I found most of my sollace in poetry, in the words of Adrienne Rich, Audre Lorde, June Jordan, and later Michelle Tea, Thea Hillman, and Staceyann Chin. Even so, it was only Staceyann's work that really talked to me about the negotiation of identity. When I was kicked out of my home and crying because I had ruined the dream of two people that left everything they knew in order to give me a better life (while they confined themselves to a language they didnt understand and a medicare system that left them near death), there was no poetry I knew to go to. Poetry had always been my answer, my bible, and when I needed it most --it held nothing for me. Later, sitting between two friends talking about our lives as queer children of immigrants [ one Bengali and the other Dominican], I realized our sharing gave me a hope and I craved a way to carry it with me, to give it to others.

I need to create this book in order to know there is a place where the voices of immigrant queer/ LGBT people are collected. Our stories are intense, beautiful, and empowering. I need this book because I need it, because I know there are people out there who need it.

If you can contribute, please contact me letting me telling me you're interested asap.
Contribute before April 15th



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Tuesday, February 26th, 2008
3:40 pm
cultural practices related to health
If you're from a culture other than american, and have time to spare, please help me out with my research assignment by answering as many of the following questions you can. thanks!!

With what ethnic group do you identify yourself?
Where you born, how long have you lived there/here?
What are your attitudes/beliefs about birth, death, health, and illness?
Does your culture influence the manner in which you relate to body image change resulting from illness or surgery?
How do you view work, leisure, and education?
How do you value privacy?
How do you feel about those of a different social class? Opposite sex?
How do you view biomedical-scientific health care?
How does your cultural group regard expression of emotion/feelings in relation to death or illness?
Do you have restrictions related to sexuality, exposure of body parts, or certain types of surgery?
What language do you speak at home?
To what cause(s) do you attribute illness and disease (eg, "divine wrath," hot/cold imbalance, "hex," "soul loss")?
What do you believe promotes health (e.g. certain foods, amulets, crystals, saints, prayers, etc.)?
What is your religious affiliaton?
Do you rely on cultural healers?
In what types of cultural healing practices do you engage?
Who decides what symptoms constitute disease and illness?
How do you view mental disorders?
What do you usually eat?
Do your religious beliefs influence your diet or healthcare?
Who constitutes your social network?
How do members of your support network define caring (e.g. being there for you, looking after your family, etc.)?
Does a key familiy member have a role that is significant in health-related decisions?
What influence does your economic status have on lifestyle and health care?

thanks again!!!
Sunday, January 27th, 2008
12:56 pm
Complete a survey? Please?

I'm working on a research paper on plural nationalities for my Sociology class (Polish-Canadian myself), and I was hoping some of you might be willing to complete a survey to help me out.

The survey is meant for people who identify strongly with more than one nationality (such as immigrants, Third Culture Kids or Cross Cultural Kids).

It will take approximately 15 minutes to complete the questionnaire, and I would be very grateful if you could go have a look at it.

Click Here to take the survey
Wednesday, October 10th, 2007
2:10 pm
your story
Hello everybody!

I am looking for stories of immigrations! This is my website: http://www.ihavebeeninusa.com please share  yours!

Thank you!
Sunday, May 6th, 2007
12:07 pm
Hi Guys!!!
I'm going to move to the UK, I'm from Russia and I'm a student, do you think it's sensible to do it? And will it be easy for me to find work?
Monday, April 23rd, 2007
2:56 am
Do your Civil Duty - even virtualy.
Many things can be understood - oil, gas, territory. But...


Post this video in your journal and available communities.

Make your neighbors think.
Wednesday, February 7th, 2007
11:45 am
Monday, January 15th, 2007
5:11 pm
I apologize for the political tone, however, I thought some of you might be interested in this movement, and in the forum.

Stop the Raids!
Stop Disappearing Latino Workers!
Public Forum on the Situation in Danbury

7:30 P.M.
· Representative, Campaign to Stop the ICE Raids in Danbury
· Isaac, Day Laborer arrested and jailed by ICE
· Jim Welcome, Attorney for the Danbury 11
· Simon Moshenberg, Yale Law School, Attorney in Lawsuit against
Homeland Security
· Fr. Thomas Mitchell, Pastor, St. Augustine Church
· Representative, SEIU, Local 32BJ

What Happened in Danbury, Connecticut?

On September 19, 2006, eleven day laborers were approached by an
unmarked van with hardhats on the front seat. The workers jumped into the
van expecting to go to work, but were instead taken straight to jail.

The government refused to release their names, leaving their families
unsure of the fate of their loved ones. They were taken 150 miles away
to impede their defense. Soon six were shipped to two prisons in Texas.

The Danbury 11 joined the nearly 16,000 Latino workers currently being
unjustly held in a system of local and national prisons.

This raid, like all the other raids being carried out by ICE
(Immigration & Customs Enforcement –arm of Homeland Security) is designed to
induce terror and keep workers from fighting for decent wages and

Expert legal help and demonstrations have freed 9 of the Danbury 11 on
bail. However, ICE has since arrested 6 more immigrants in Danbury.
The mayor and chief of police have vowed that raids will become a normal
part of life in Danbury.

Join us in the defense of immigrants in Danbury and elsewhere! Stand
up for immigrant rights and STOP THE ICE RAIDS!

Initiated by the CT Regional Coalition for Immigrant Rights. Sponsored
by the Western Connecticut Central Labor Council. For more information
go to http://www.stoptheraids.org, or call 860-538-3920.
Tuesday, December 12th, 2006
8:07 am
Just a little introduction
Hi kids, I'm Sonnya and I am a product of immigrants.

Both of my parents were born in Colombia, but came to the US a couple of years before I was born so they can live a better life.

I was born and raised in NYC. Spanish was the first language I learned because both of my parents didn't know English. I learned English when I went to Pre-K. Now I speak better English than Spanish. C'est la vie.

I visit my family in Colombia as often as I can, but now that I'm older, its gotten more difficult due to responsibilities such as work and school. But I finally got some free time and I'll be returning to Colombia tomorrow (!!). I think its been about 6 years since I've been there so I'm super nervous.

Even though I was raised in the USA, I retained a lot of the Colombian customs and attitude. I consider myself to be more Colombian than American, but I definatly won't deny my American-hood.

I feel very strongly about immigration issues, especially here since Bush is starting to become more harsh towards the laws. My father almost got kicked out, but luckily was allowed to stay after 3 years of court dates. When we got the verdict, I think I cried for about 5 hours out of happiness that he can stay. Unfortunatly, this isn't the case with most people out there.

Anyways! Hi! This is my travel journal, so feel free to add. I'll be updating a lot with pictures and videos of my trip to Colombia. Or you can add my other journal, s0nified

Current Mood: calm
Thursday, October 12th, 2006
5:26 pm
Hello all. I came accross this community and I was emediately interested in joining. I have always been interested in cultures other than my own, as well as traveling to other countries. The Country I am most intrested in is England. If you knew me personally, you would probably be sick of hearing me talk about it (lol) because I am obsessed with England. I have wanted to go there since I was 12 (I am 25 now) and plan on going sometime in the next year. Not only do I want to visit and "test the wters" so to speak, I also want to live there for at east 2 years (like the visa would permit). But I would need a lot fo money first.
Here are my answers to the questions from the main page:

Do you speak your family's language?   Not really.  My family is from Puerto Rico so we would speak Spanish, but I had meningitis when I was a baby so the doctors (surprised I even suvived the illness) told my parents to not teach me Spanish.  Even though I was born in Puerto Rico, I grew up in Massachusetts since I was a baby.

Did you often visit their home country? I consider it my home country too, even though we aren't technicaly our own country since the US took over in 1898.  I have gone back 2 times.

Did you grow up among other immigrants from the same country or was your family background unusual?
I grew up in the City with African-American kids. Not so many hispanic kids.

What was your family's attitude to education?   Education was and still is very important in my family.  My grandfather was apublished poet (I say was because he past away a few years ago) and was known to many people from Puerto Rico.  In fact, I learned that my friend who grew up in California heard of him.  Because of there, there was a lot of pressure to learn and study.

Did they have access to education at home?   That is an intereting question because we moved to the states due to college.  It isn't because there weren't any coleges at Puerto Rico or even cood ones (because there are) but my dad wanted to go to College in Boston Mass.  There are a lot of good schools on Boston.

Has your family background influenced your choice of work?  Not really.  Right now I have a dumb job at Macy's.  The part that is most like my culture or my family is the push to get a career.  It is hard for me to just switch my jobs.  I have worked at a TV studio and should seriously re-apply.

If you were born abroad but immigrated at an early age are you first or second generation?  I consider myself 1st generation, even though it wasn't my active choice to come here.  It is strange to me to see on my passport my place of birth and still be a US citizen...

Other thoghts:  Sorry folks but I am ashamed to say that I am a US citizen.  I know that there are many people out there who wish that they were citezens so that they could legally work in the US, and I mean no disrespect to them, but I never liked it here.  Ever since I was little, I would refuse to salute the flag of lies.  I always felt that the "freedom" this country promised was just a bunch of lies.  I don't beleive people are truly free here.  Again, I mean no disrespect to those who do genuinely love this country.  Live and let live.  That is just my 2 cents.
Wednesday, September 20th, 2006
10:54 pm
Thursday, August 31st, 2006
5:14 am
for anyone interested in latin american events in australia, i've come across this website
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for anyone interested in latin american events in australia, i've come across this website
<a href=""http://www.thelatinvoice.com">the latin voice</a>

and <a href=""http://www.latinos.com,au">latinos</a>

there seems to be quite a lot of stuff going on, ranging from band/dj comps to club nights and dance lessons. because music is such an integral aprt of the latino community its no surprise that the majority of events are music based. go have a look and most of all have lots of fun!
Wednesday, August 16th, 2006
8:47 am
Do you speak your family's language?   Conversationally. I decided at 19 I would pick up Tagalog after many years of just understanding random words. I'm still not fluent but I can pretty much hold a decent dialogue with my cousins and elders. Mostly in Taglish, though. :P

Did you often visit their home country?
When I was younger I used to visit the Philippines yearly. Now, that I'm older and a working student...it's been about 5 years since I've last been there.

Did you grow up among other immigrants from the same country or was your family background unusual? My family was very active in the local Philippine community but because of my dad's businesses and his general outgoing nature I grew up around a myriad of cultures. Some of my dad's closest friends were Jamaican. And at our business I took in an elderly Jewish lady worker as my "bubbie."

What was your family's attitude to education? My parents aren't elitists. They chose a local commuter university over the prestigious one further away as a choice for my education. According to them, 'It's not where you go, but how you go."

Did they have access to education at home? Yes. My mom and dad were both working students in the Philippines.

Has your family background influenced your choice of work? Yes, definitely! My dad is an entrepreneur and I plan on working for myself also.

If you were born abroad but immigrated at an early age are you first or second generation? I was born in the US but somehow I feel more like a 1.5 than a second generation citizen. Weird.

Current Mood: cold
Monday, July 31st, 2006
4:43 pm
«Unauthorized Persons... are Welcome!»
Within the framework of European Youth Campaign «All different – All equal»
From 1 July 2006 to 30 November 2006

Guidelines of the contest: Diversity, Participation, Human Rights
We are looking forward to getting ideas that would become basis for official European Actions’ materials already this year
- 1 September – International Action «Europe without Nazism!» www.stopnazism.anti-fa.ru
- 29 September– International Action «Babiy Yar – Nobody have’t been forgotten!» www.antifa.hrworld.ru
- 9 – 16 November – International action Week against Nazism and anti-Semitism «Never again!» www.antifa.hrworld.ru.

It can be any kind of graphics and images which can be placed on information materials or be posted in the Internet. For example:
- sticker, leaflet or poster model,
- logo, banners for actions,
- wallpaper for the desktop,
- comics, animations
and the like

- Creative outcomes are accepted from 1 June to 30 November 2006
- The product should be saved in .jpg format, no more than 1 МB (if it doesn’t fit - please put it in the internet and send us a link)
- The product must have an electronic format
- You should email your work to: antifa-graph@hrworld.ru.
- If it is difficult you can send a disk by regular mail: 125009, Moscow, p/o 143. And also you should fill in «Registration Certificate». You can ask for it at the Organizational Committee.

The Main Award – your work will be published in thousand copies and be disseminated widely across Russia, NIS and European countries.

You can ask for «Registration Certificate» at: antifa-graph@hrworld.ru.

Organizational Committee:
Movement «YOUNG EUROPE», Youth Network against Racism and Intolerance
Eastern and Central-European Network for realization of European Campaign «All different – All equal»
125009, Moscow, p/o 143
e-mail: antifa-graph@hrworld.ru
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