By Rupa Dev, Aug 21, 2009 11:50 AM
Editor's note: In June 2009, NAM co-released a national poll which revealed women immigrants to be the new face of migration. In collaberation with NAM's poll, stories of immigrant women are featured on this blog. As told to NAM intern Songrui Liu, Julie Situ, an immigrant mother, recalls the adversity she faced upon immigrating in 1985. Situ, now in her 50s, cleans private homes and small companies in San Francisco for a living. Liu writes:
While making breakfast for the next day at 9:30 p.m. in the kitchen, this tenacious Chinese woman told me stories about her mother, an immigrant, in addition to her personal experience as an immigrant mother. These are memories that have been untold for a half-century.
Since I only understand Madarin, Situ, a native Cantonese speaker, communicates with me in broken Mandarin. “This is the first time that I have actually recall everything in my life," Situ shares, with a smile on her face.