Remittances and expectations

For many immigrants who come to America, the expectation and pressure from people back home can be as challenging as navigating through their new life. “Many people in Africa think that when somebody gets into the U.S., by the next couple of weeks he should be able...

A struggle for understanding

Cramped in a small second floor classroom, walls the color of Mexican stucco, English as a Second Language teacher David Swanson speaks slowly. “What is it?” he asks the class of 12, pointing to a picture of a furnace. “What does it do?” Notebooks, pens, and...

Activist without a cause

This is how Maya Cohen*, now 32, saw her new home in Ann Arbor, Michigan in 1999, in contrast to Tel Aviv, where she had grown up.  The physical landscape of the American Midwest in late summer was the first major bit of culture shock Cohen faced after she had...