Welcome to the Journeys Website

The Journeys website contains immigrant interviews written by students at James Logan High School, in Union City California. Logan juniors and seniors interviewed parents, aunties, uncles, grandparents, classmates, and community members about their journeys to the United States. Immigrants were asked about their home country and why they decided to come to the US. In addition, interviewees shared their experiences in the US and their reflections on what it means to be an American.

The name of the website was inspired by Sonia Nazario’s book Enrique’s Journey, the true story of a Honduran immigrant’s perilous journey to the United States. With the help of Facing History and Ourselves students read Ms. Nazario’ s Pulitzer Prize winning book, and heard her speak at Logan’s campus. Students then documented the journeys of new Americans to the Union City community, whose stories are linked below:

Immigrant experience         Nation          Student Interviewer

Riley Azam                           Afghanistan     Fatema Etemadi

Agnes Bajka                          Hungary          Yvette Szabo

Edna Gamboa Bona               Philippines     Anthony Bona

Sara Cheriji                            Mexico           Paul Espinosa

Marisa D’Souza                     Kenya/India    Maureen D’Souz-Anjo

Gurdev Jhaj                            India               Kirandeep Jhaj

Chitima Ly                             Thailand         Pauline Ly

Bilal Malik                              Canada           Crystal Kwong

Mariam Mawlavizada             Afghanistan    Farhat Mawlavizada

Sharif Mawlavizada                Afghanistan    Rahat Mwlavizada

Cai Lyn McCarthay                China              Phillip Peng

Chandrika Patel                       Zambia           Nisha Bhak

Shwe Pyie                                Burma            Jean Zhu

Adam Regulla                          Spain              Christine Khayat

We would like to give special thanks to all the community members who agreed to share their journeys with our students, and to Facing History and Ourselves for providing the opportunity to read Enrique’s Journey and hear Ms. Nazario speak.

For more information contact about the Journeys project contact Dave Forrest - dforrest@nhusd.k12.ca.us

Photos by Logan student Fatema Etemadi