Getting used to life in a different country can be challenging and eye-opening. Personal reflections on adjusting to transportation, politics, raising children, and more are included in this section. View these stories about Adjusting to Life in the United States.
There are many examples of different art forms being used by immigrants from around the globe to reflect upon and express their backgrounds and unique experiences. View these stories about Art, Music, and Dance.
The impact of immigrant entrepreneurship in the United States is widespread, influencing the nation’s economy and culture in profound ways. View these Entrepreneurship stories, which follow the development of restaurants, magazines, a furniture business, and more.
Immigrant ancestors are often traced through photos, records, and/or personal narratives. View these Family History stories that cover the migration experiences of family members from Italy, Laos, Lithuania, and Ireland.
The identities of immigrants are influenced both by their home country and the country that they move to. Many face challenges when trying to adapt to their new environment. View these stories about Identity.
An important aspect of immigrant heritage is language; not only does it contribute to the preservation of their cultures, but it is an important driver of their social integration. View these Language stories.
Immigration laws in the United States are very complex and it can be difficult for people to navigate the immigration system. View these stories about Navigating Immigration Laws, which provide examples of the processes that individuals and families can undergo when obtaining legal documents, moving through the criminal justice system, and dealing with deportation.
Material objects with cultural or familial significance represent the family heritage of some immigrants. View these examples of Objects that Tell a Story, which include a wedding saree, a cello, and clippings of a grape vine.
Navigating life through the process of resettlement and in refugee camps is a reality for many refugees before they come to the United States. View these stories about Refugee Camps and Resettlement.
The lives of U.S.-born children of first-generation immigrants are affected by the ethnic culture of their parents and the local cultures where they reside. View these stories about different Second-Generation Experiences.
Southeast Asian refugees can provide unique, first-hand accounts of the wars in Southeast Asia, the difficulty and dangers of life as a refugee, the vast resettlement bureaucracy, and the communities refugees and their families built in the United States. View these stories about Southeast Asian Refugee Experiences after 1975.
Transnational families come in many different forms. View these stories about Transnational Family Life, which include the accounts of family dynamics extending between the United States and the Philippines, Kenya, and Thailand.