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Royal Ancestry Reveals Strong-willed Women

By Utami Diah Kusumawati I learned from my family that strong-willed and influential women of our royal ancestry had great roles in creating the history of my country, Indonesia. I remember the day I first learned about this heritage from my father,  Raden Untung...

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A Eurasian Who Has Never Been To Europe

By Patricia Nangkal Although I was born and raised in Miami, Florida, I knew growing up I was not like my peers. No one looked like me or was familiar with the meals my family ate such as, Pad Thai or Paella. No one could figure out my diverse ethnic make-up while I...

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Globalization runs in my family

By Natasya Ong Being a fourth-generation Malaysian, I am blessed to be born and raised in a culturally rich country. Located in Southeast Asia, Malaysia has a mix of Malay, Chinese and Indian culture, and I have two cultures running in my blood because my father is...

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Escaping famine, seeking the American dream

By Jason McCoy Little is known about my family’s history and arrival to the United States, which is compounded by the contradictions my father, Larry Croghan, has discovered in the stories told by my grandfather, Jim Croghan. My legal name is Jason McCoy because I was...

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Swedish Ancestors Create A New Life

By Matthew Walsh My family’s immigration story starts with Emma Callstrom, the first in my family to immigrate to America and start a new life. Her family worked in agriculture in the southern farmlands of Sweden in a town called Jönköping. Emma was born on Nov. 2,...

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Bosnians help build Lincoln’s Silicon Prairie

By Cassie Kernick When Samir Muslic came to America in 1996, his life in Bosnia was already established. He had a wife, Amila, an infant daughter, Hana, and a promising career as a graphic designer. Even during the Bosnian War the determined Muslic found a way to work...

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