Mills College

Navigating food in a new land

Jul 2, 2015
photo courtesy of Peralta Hacienda

It’s barely past 8 a.m. on a Wednesday morning in Oakland’s Fruitvale district, and the PeraIta Hacienda Park is already teeming with life.

Flickr user masha_k_sh

This past summer thousands of women and young people flooded over the border -- seeking to escape terrible violence in South and Central America. Many who came brought little with them, but they carry emotional baggage. And that’s where mental health counselors step in -- to help the recently arrived deal with the trauma they’ve faced, and even to help convince American courts to let them stay. But there are a lot of barriers to good mental health care for immigrants.

Flickr user Brooke Anderson

 

It’s a bright spring afternoon in Oakland’s Northgate district, and a half dozen Yemeni-American students from Oakland International High School, or OIHS, are leading a group of their teachers and counselors on a tour of places they go when they’re not in school. Outfitted in brightly colored head scarves, they’re walking to one of their first stops: the Bee Healthy Honey shop on Telegraph Avenue.

Familial love between different cultural generations

Jun 30, 2015
Flickr user katphotos

Over the past six months, student reporters from Mills College in Oakland have been tracing the path of the American dream. Jessica Toyota brings us the story of Lisa Hsia, whose Chinese parents thought very differently than she did.

If you love and respectful for your parents, then you know more than them, they push you to be Americans, but then you see them as knowing less than you. It is a little bit difficult. My relationship is good with them, but some things are out of touch. Culture definitely plays a role in that.  

A mother reflects on raising her daughter in America

Jun 30, 2015
Alex / Flickr

Over the past six months student reporters from Mills College in Oakland have been tracing the path of the American dream. Jessica Toyota brings us the story of Erika Monico, a mother who explains what she’s gained and lost by moving from Brazil and raising her daughter in the U.S.

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