How This Long Beach Woman Survived The Khmer Rouge

Voicewaves’ Preshous Jordan documents one Khmer Rouge refugee’s incredible journey of survival and finding happiness in Cambodia Town, Long Beach, despite family loss, violence, bombs and bloodshed. Listen to this audio diary at VoiceWaves.

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Haitian refugees and San Diego’s housing crisis — a documentary

San Diego’s housing crisis has put pressure on the city’s Haitian refugee community.  Youth reporters in San Diego filmed a short documentary — “Settling: Hope and Housing” — about the community’s struggle for affordable housing, bringing the issue to light. “When you move from one place to another place, you start from zero.” Watch the […]

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My refugee story

De Gray came to the United States from Burma as a teenage refugee, and as a survivor. A member of the Teen Producers Project, De Gray made a short film to show the compassionate nature of the local Karen refugee population, and to connect American viewers with stories from the refugee experience. The video was […]

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Hmong veteran reflects on secret war

Choua Thao became a nurse for U.S. forces during the C.I.A.’s secret war against Laos; her close association with Americans put her in danger when they abandoned the region, and she fled with her family to the United States. “If you are working for the American, they want to capture you, take you to kill you.” Now living in San Jose, the grandmother and […]

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Surviving ‘La Bestia’ – a student recalls his journey to the U.S.

The gangs and drug-related violence blazing in El Salvador have sent its citizens fleeing across the border, and many of them end up hopping a train nicknamed La Bestia, The Beast, because of the number of people who died falling from it. As thousands of children continue their harrowing escapes to the United States, one South Kern high school student recalls […]

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Bahati Mamas: refugees making a new home through farming

The Bahati Mamas are a group of five Somali Bantu refugees living in City Heights who started their own farming business. Forced by the civil war in Somalia to seek refuge in the United States, the women eventually started an organic farming business, and for the past five years have sold produce at the City Heights Farmers market.  Their refugee status helped […]

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