AIISF is pleased to present stories about the immigrant experience. These stories offer testimony to the perseverance, courage and tenacity of immigrants whose belief in the American ideals of freedom and justice was unshakable despite hardships and discrimination.
We invite you to share your immigrant story or about an immigrant you know in our growing web exhibition that will be read by people all over the world.
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Latest Immigrant Story
This piece was written with the purpose of bringing to life and then preserving a family's immigration story, and it was written by a fourth grader. Sitting at a table in my fourth grade classroom, Jack worked quietly and independently on this story for several weeks in December of 2013. The whole class was given the task of investigating how their families came to California, which is a Palo Alto fourth grade tradition called the "California Passport Project." Jack took the assignment very seriously, envisioning and revising his piece with patience and care that is exceptional for writers his age. After poring over his drafts, covering sheets of looseleaf in blue and then red ink, Jack sat at one of our classroom computers, continuing to examine and reflect, improve and perfect his work. The result was so beyond what other students wrote in its narrative quality that when I read it, I quickly called Jack over to express my admiration and amazement at what he had created. He took bare facts that most kids regurgitated sequentially and crafted a story that is lively, engaging, and descriptive. I believe this piece captures an important piece of American history, and it captures a powerful moment in the development of a fourth grade writer. I hope you enjoy and value this story as much as I did.