Many of us here in the United States are recent residents, others are 1st generations or more, and others probably just lost track of their cultural/country background.
To me, it's fascinating to hear all of those stories of how families ended up moving to the United States or some other country. However, the most fascinating part is to how you or your family ended up living in the city that you are living now, because you could've move anywhere in that particular country.
For example, in my case I have only live here for 15 years in Connecticut; however, there is a large peruvian population in Hartford and in some other areas in CT. It all happened 50 + years ago, when an American couple were traveling thru some of the small villages in Peru, they ended up staying with a local family at this village (Ocros, Ancash - Peru) who didn't have the means to support all of their family members, but yet along had the great hospitality towards the foreigners. The family begged the american couple to help them in anyway they can. The american couple agreed and were able to get a visa for one of their younger daughters to come to the States as a nanny. Remember back then, there wasn't much paperwork or laws about immigration so it was easy for her to get a visa. The peruvian nanny ended up living with the american couple in West Hartford, CT.
Years later, she was able to bring her entire family, and coming from a small village. Everyone knows each other, and even some are related to each other. More and more people from this small village ended up moving to CT following the "peruvian nanny".
On a different story, my uncle moved to Hamburg, Germany almost 60 -65 years ago. He ran away from his house (same village), and worked on the streets for some years until he was able to buy a ticket. He wanted to go somewhere as far as he could possibly go and never come back. In his young naive way of thinking, he thought that Germany was the farthest country he could ever go. He ended up marrying a German girl, had two beautiful kids (my cousins), and again the story repeats itself, more and more people from this village ended up traveling to Germany following my "Runaway Uncle".
What's your story?
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