A light at the end of the tunnel(12/6/2017)-Growing up, I was the happiest little girl in the world. I received a lot of love from my family; my parents even visited me at school for lunch almost every day. I didn’t have a care in the world, until that whole world shattered. My life was never the same after my father died. […]
iSpeakATL – Language Access in the City of Atlanta(10/24/2017)-The City of Atlanta is set to launch a citywide Language Access Plan. The cornerstone of the plan will be the provision of free, competent, and effective language access services. By communicating with Limited English Proficient (LEP) clients in languages they fully understand, the City seeks to improve the overall quality of life in Atlanta […]
Mayor Kasim Reed Statement on President Trump’s Decision to End the DACA Program(9/5/2017)-Post Date:09/05/2017 2:22 PM Mayor’s Office of Communications 55 Trinity Avenue, Suite 2500 • Atlanta, Georgia 30303 Anne Torres, Director 404-330-6423, office 404-904-2618, cell email@example.com Jenna Garland, Press Secretary 404-330-6612, office 404-357-5579, cell firstname.lastname@example.org FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 5, 2017 News Release Mayor Kasim Reed Statement on President Trump’s Decision to End the DACA Program […]
The Hidden Side of Islam(8/2/2017)- I attend a mosque called Jaffari Center, which was started by people that were a part of a community back in India. They continued to grow their community when they came to the US, and it has grown immensely since its start about 30 years ago. Everyone knows each other here, and it’s like […]
20 Things Every Pakistani-American Knows(7/12/2017)-About the Author: Maya is a proud Pakistani American attending The Westminster Schools. She has interned with Welcoming Atlanta, and loves speaking about issues involving refugees and immigrants. Anyone growing up in the United States with immigrant parents will tell you the same thing- growing up with two cultures is HARD. Forming my Pakistani-American identity […]
Caught Between(5/9/2017)-My life as a first generation American has been challenging rollercoaster of emotions. I had to endure being left alone for certain periods of time and having to move on from grief. My parents traveled a dangerous route, crossing the dry and empty desert, just to come to the USA so they could provide for our family and give […]
My Story(4/28/2017)-The fall of Saigon– April 30th, 1975, this date marked the changing of my parents’ lives forever. My dad would often share with me the vivid stories of his escape from Vietnam. He was forced to leave everything behind, including my grandmother and aunt. He had it the hard way, escaping on foot then evading from the Viet Cong on boat. (Keep in mind that he was only about six years old at the time.) People like my dad would later on be called “boat people” by many authors who wrote about the Vietnam War. His excursion took him to the Philippines where he would stay for about four years learning English and praying that someone in America would basically “adopt” him. My mom on the other hand, had it easier. She was in Vietnam for the fall of Saigon but was “withdrawn” with my grandfather who served in the South Vietnamese Army as a Lt. Colonel in the joint task force alongside the American soldiers. Her whole side of the family flew to America and received citizenship very quickly.
My Life After Coming To The U.S.(4/24/2017)-In 1997 my father came to America in hopes of a better future. He had spent 3 years in the U.S. trying to settle down before going back to Bangladesh to marry my mom. My dad came back to America just months after he got married to my mom. I was born the following year […]