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  • Africa Then my mom and I came Now I have five cousins who were born here I was here It was really hard to come to the United States In Kenya life is hard but it is a nice place to live When I get big I want to visit Africa and Nairobi My life is now easy here in the United States I have been here two years and

    Original URL path: http://teams.lacoe.edu/documentation/classrooms/language/rifka/student/familystories/ubah.html (2016-02-17)
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  • she limited her phone calls to one a month phone calls were very expensive Perseverance was apparent when it took her a long time to find a job but she stuck to it Above all mother demonstrated self preservation by going to church and meeting new people She also got over her fear of talking to the Japanese people and learning a few words in Japanese She also made several

    Original URL path: http://teams.lacoe.edu/documentation/classrooms/language/rifka/student/familystories/krystal.html (2016-02-17)
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  • didn t know when we were going to see him again Only thing I could think of was him missing his flight It was a moment I ll never forget We didn t eat properly for days Then some months passed and my mom told me one day that we were going to Delhi to get our visa I was real excited My uncle and my cousin went with us and we got it we got the visa Everyone was very happy Some hours later we called my dad and he was happy too Then we got the tickets and started packing As the day of departure came closer I started to realize that I was really leaving That thought made me sad Then finally the day came We went to the airport in the same train with our same relatives It was just like my dad s departure but this time we were leaving Our flight was at 2 45 in the morning I ll never forget that day Whenever I think of it sadness takes over me As the time passed tears filled everyone s eyes and everyone was sad including me Now that I am finally here

    Original URL path: http://teams.lacoe.edu/documentation/classrooms/language/rifka/student/familystories/nitika.html (2016-02-17)
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  • most of the time during fall and winter season Hue is a romantic city where poets and writers use it in their poems and stories I lived there for seven years and finished my first grade there In 1993 my whole family was sponsored to settle in America since my dad worked for the American Government before 1995 I felt very happy when I heard the news that we would be settled in the United States a very rich country But I was very worry that we would have to live in a strange place with differnet culture and language I came to the United States two weeks before Christmas and it was very cold I felt very lonely because I missed my grandma grandpa uncles aunts and friends Luckily I still had my parents and my brother with me My brother and I went to Emerson School I started with the second grade and my brother started with the four grade I remembered I could not understand I would from my teachers and classmates I was frustrated and lonely But with the help of my friends and teachers I overcame with the barrier of language After four years in

    Original URL path: http://teams.lacoe.edu/documentation/classrooms/language/rifka/student/familystories/minh.html (2016-02-17)
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  • one month later my dad bought a car I feel very happy because my family has our own car Then about two or three days later my sister and my brother go to school and I have to go to school too I go to Arbor Heights School I was very afraid when I first came to school because I don t know everything I don t know how to

    Original URL path: http://teams.lacoe.edu/documentation/classrooms/language/rifka/student/familystories/michael.html (2016-02-17)
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  • But what of my father in law in the war If you didn t know he is a soldier fighting for freedom for Southern Vietnam What of my family My family in law Will they die wanting freedom Well I hope they won t Day Five Many people have fallen ill and died I am worried that Phuong or Binh will too fall ill or die The food on the boat is just plain and little All we get everyday is a tiny bowl of rice with some beancurd or salted pork I hope to arrive soon in America to get off this rickety boat Day Eight More and more people are dying The dead people will never get proper funerals The captain of the ship ordered for the corpses to be thrown off the boat and into the deep waters How pitiful The food storage is low Sometimes we have no food to eat at night We go to sleep hungry I feel bad for Phuong He eats a lot I wonder how he can survive this famine Day Twelve The captain predicts of some storms coming our way He s not very sure if the escaping boat would survive them well I pray to the Great Buddha that the boat would journey safely Day Fourteen The captain s prediction was right Storms are coming The waters are getting stronger and the wind is starting to howl I hope we will survive this threatening storm Day Eighteen The storm is over now Somebody but I don t know who fell overboard into the water People say he was swallowed by a whale I hope he wasn t Everybody on the boat is starving There wasn t even enough food to satisfy our hunger last week but now it s

    Original URL path: http://teams.lacoe.edu/documentation/classrooms/language/rifka/student/familystories/laura.html (2016-02-17)
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  • few days later she received a letter from her family Linh was very happy that she nearly cried The letter said that the whole family got to America safe and sound without any problems at all Now is was her turn to try to escape Linh couldn t wait The next day Linh was ready to go She was so happy though she didn t know what dangerous things lied sic beyond her One night when Linh s ship was in the middle of the sea a little motor boat was spotted nearby It belonged to the government That s the way Linh got put in jail The government caught her Linh stayed in jail for about six months She had to work as a slave for the government That was her only way of surviving Because if she didn t work she would not be given any food Everyday Linh would get up by herself and do her job She had to protect herself by watching out for the high tide The scary thing was that the jail was on a small island that was miles away from anything One night during Linh s jailry sic time one woman

    Original URL path: http://teams.lacoe.edu/documentation/classrooms/language/rifka/student/familystories/karen.html (2016-02-17)
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  • a break I could describe the first day we arrived in Seattle I looked around and I saw wow This city is bigger than in my thoughts So many buildings many cars and many companies We visited the Space Needle It was so beautiful The second thing after that first day I went to school I don t know anybody in that school don t have a friend and know

    Original URL path: http://teams.lacoe.edu/documentation/classrooms/language/rifka/student/familystories/thu.html (2016-02-17)
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