17 episodes

Immigrants share inspiring personal stories of why they left their homelands, how they got to the U.S., and the lives they are making here. They meet the challenges of a new land with determination, perseverance, resilience, and creativity.Listeners will see America through their eyes and renew their appreciation for the land we love.When I Got Here is narrated, edited and written by Byron Harris. Harris is a longtime Dallas journalist and winner of two Peabody Awards.Original music by John Wesley Gibson, composer-in-residence for the Dallas Winds.Learn more about Literacy Achieves: LiteracyAchieves.org

When I Got Here Literacy Achieves

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    • 5.0 • 14 Ratings

Immigrants share inspiring personal stories of why they left their homelands, how they got to the U.S., and the lives they are making here. They meet the challenges of a new land with determination, perseverance, resilience, and creativity.Listeners will see America through their eyes and renew their appreciation for the land we love.When I Got Here is narrated, edited and written by Byron Harris. Harris is a longtime Dallas journalist and winner of two Peabody Awards.Original music by John Wesley Gibson, composer-in-residence for the Dallas Winds.Learn more about Literacy Achieves: LiteracyAchieves.org

    Kay and Venna (Philippines): A Simple Life

    Kay and Venna (Philippines): A Simple Life

    Kay and Venna Juperatum made a plan to come to the U.S. so they could support their parents in the Philippines. They left family and Kay’s career as a television and radio personality behind. They would rely on Venna's medical training. They had to adapt to different family roles as well as small town and big city life in America. They are building a life and raising a family in America together, according to plan.Support the Show.

    • 10 min
    Ion Zanca, Young Heo, Efren Guzman: Something Different

    Ion Zanca, Young Heo, Efren Guzman: Something Different

    This is a story about how music brought three immigrants together: a Romanian viola player, a South Korean bass player, and a Mexican drummer. They are part of the Grammy-nominated Dallas String Quartet, DSQ. They structure their concerts to connect with audiences throughout America. They have concerns as foreigners in America and about America in the world. Still, they value living here. Learn more about them and sample more of their music at https://www.d...

    • 14 min
    Thear (Cambodia) Called to Lead

    Thear (Cambodia) Called to Lead

    After the 1975 Khmer Rouge takeover of Cambodia, Thear Suzuki’s family started from zero. Thear was three years old. Her story of survival, persistence, and self-discovery led her to high level leadership in consulting firms and the community. Her story inspired President George W. Bush to paint her portrait for his book, Out of Many One.Support the Show.

    • 16 min
    William (Rwanda): Miracle Man

    William (Rwanda): Miracle Man

    William Twayigize is a Hutu who miraculously survived horrific experiences as a refugee, a Tutsi prisoner, and a Nairobi street boy to complete an elite education and achieve a distinguished academic career. A transcript of his episode (lightly edited for clarity) is available at https://www.literacyachieves.org/category/immigrant-stories/English skill is the key to success for immigrants and refugees. It gives them a voice to advocate for themselves. It gives them con...

    • 17 min
    Jose (Cuba): Cigar Entrepreneur

    Jose (Cuba): Cigar Entrepreneur

    Jose Hernandez's ambition to become a doctor in Cuba was thwarted. Hear how he came to the US and planted seeds that revived his grandfather's business. Jose has grown it into a firm with international reach. Support the Show.

    • 14 min
    Arang (South Korea): Different. Don't Be Afraid.

    Arang (South Korea): Different. Don't Be Afraid.

    Arang Cistulli came to the US from South Korea as a very young child with her family. She grew up in a small Ohio town where her father was a medical doctor. Her story is bookended by prejudice she experienced as a child and by recent hate directed at Asian-Americans. Don’t miss her lessons about dealing with hate and prejudice.The story of Arang's parents, "Physician and Family," is in Immigrant Stories from the When I Got Here Podcast and Literacy Achieves.Support the Show.

    • 11 min

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Can’t wait to listen!

Literacy Achieves is a world class nonprofit organization and I’m excited to dive into this stories where immigrants are moved from the margins to the center and their real stories pierce through the ongoing rhetoric.

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FANTASTIC AND INSPIRING STORIES!

Congratulations on this podcast! It is inspiring to listen to these stories of resilience and gratitude from those who have made the difficult choice of leaving their countries. I only wish all Americans could learn to appreciate that we are descendants of individuals featured in this podcast series. We do not know what we have until we lose it. We should learn directly from immigrants and refugees who come to the United States seeking a better way of life that hard lesson of what it is like to lose everything and start over again.

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