June is Immigrant Heritage Month, so we’re totally entitled to tackle a topic that has been a bit hidden under the carpet. The ups and downs of riding the immigration carousel, and the question that opens up the truth…
Where are you from? Like really from? Sounds familiar? Maybe it’s your accent that triggers the question, your skin color, your unique features, the spices you use, the clothes you wear… Expats get lots of questions, but few get to share the mix feelings they have: confusion, hope, frustration, exhaustion mixed with that sense of originality… It’s part of the immigration dance. Some, even take it further and pass it over to their kids. So that, even descendents can feel the burden and the exotic, the joy and the longing, the shame and the pride of their forefathers at the same time.
#IAmImmigrant. The movement that put immigration on a different page
America’s diversity — fueled in great part by immigrants — makes us stronger and more connected as a nation. (iamanimmigrant.com)
That’s how the #IAmImmigrant crowd define their purpose. Since June of 2014, they have focused on June as Immigrant Heritage Month in the United States, giving people (including first generation immigrants) an opportunity to celebrate and explore their heritage for diversity’s sake and own sense of identity that makes the community life spicier.
If you also believe that looking close or far into the past of your family gets you to an immigrant story at some point in time, you are already part of the movement. Everybody came from somewhere and that’s the unique story of America. But we guess that’s also true for Canada, Australia, and many other parts of the world. Today, the population waves makes that reality even more visible. So, how can we escape the thought?
During Immigrant Heritage Month, the project #IAmImmigrant shares video stories that cast famous immigrants and show how immigration waves enriched our society. Time to #CelebrateImmigrants as they put it.
Cristela Alonzo. The happy connection between poverty & stand-up comedy
She’s a stand-up comedian born in Mexico, who joined the #IAmImmigrant movement where famous people stand up as immigrants or immigrant supporters or descendents to raise awareness about the expat reality and spices new ethnic groups bring to the new culture. Also, an anti-discrimination campaign. Cristela Alonzo has a brave and funny story…
Z for Zendaya
Do you know Zendaya Coleman? She’s a Disney superstar! We picked this tender-voice video where she has an intimately beautiful conversation with her mother, Claire Stoermer, and her dad, Kazembe Ajamu. What about? The roots of her family and the roots of her name.
FilmStruck presents the joy and struggle of “Coming to America”
Several stories or Voices as they are introduced in the side text. One after the other, forming a multiple layer intimate monologue. Don’t get fooled by the coherence of the documentary by FilmStruk. :)
The lady opening up the movie feels she’s American, regardless of where she was born. The atmosphere inside her home was Mexican, and the outside world American.
Second input is a lady of Asian origin. Next Iranian, next Israeli. Multiple personal voices in one story. Go with the flow of immigrants’ intimate thoughts!
BRAVE NEW FILM opens the talk about discrimination & racism
Don’t imagine immigration is discrimination-proof or racism-proof. Expats often have to put up with that and prove the wrong thinking. Especially in the USA, where that starts with a president. BRAVE NEW FILMS presents the post-immigration harsh aspects of reality from the teachers’ and students’ perspectives. Plus, how education motivates people to risk their safety. Prepare for something harsh and touchy!
Grandma Lan. Sharing a recipe that brings back many memories
A video story about the ups of expats before, during and after immigration, from a very specific angle: grandmas! :) More specifically, the value expat grandmas and expats’ grannies have in keeping the food heritage alive along the immigration process.
Meet grandma Lan in San Jose, California, home of a large community of Vietnamese. The immigration was an optimistic solution. She came to the USA in 1979 and made it in the food business. She’s now sharing a great recipe that has a special place in her immigrant story, all imbued with personal photos from youth and the story of their life before and after moving abroad.
American in South Korea. Great opportunities and the unexpected truth
Taylor Rivers decided to take the immigration step for more than one reason. But what moving to South Korea unfolded for her was unexpected. Here’s the American teacher and model living in Seoul, South Korea, sharing her experience of Korea as a black woman. Her tellings open up about some of the struggles she faced since living there.
If you like such compilations, please leave a comment so that we know if you’d like more.
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