I started this project as a way to humanize immigration. Historically, immigrants have faced hatred and racism; whether it’s the Chinese in California during the gold rush or the Irish due to the potato blight, they have always had to fight to beat stereotypes. This is ironic considering that all Americans, with the exception of the Native Americans, derive from elsewhere in the world. However, fear surrounds the unknown.
As a second generation American it’s easy for me to see how immigration has shaped my life. I started this project to remind Americans that we are all products of immigrants and I hope it will illuminate our heritage and eliminate the unknown/fear surrounding immigrants.
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