THe Immigrant STories Project

The immigrant stories project is a new initiative from the World Affairs Council of Tacoma to record, capture and present the experiences of Tacoma immigrants in their own words.  From the date of its incorporation as a city, immigrants have contributed to the character and vitality of Tacoma.  These brief interviews are intended to raise awareness of the immigrant experience in Tacoma and the contributions that immigrants make to our city. 

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SOK-KHIENG LIM HARDY

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Sok-Khieng came to the United States as a refugee from the Cambodian genocide in the 1970s. Hear her story of adjusting to life in her new country and establishing a successful career as Tacoma attorney.

Hear her story here:

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KERRY RAMROOP

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Kerry, who is originally from Trindidad, relocated to the United States to be with his wife. After moving to Tacoma, he embarked on new career as a nurse, which included helping with the COVID crisis.

Hear his story here:

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RESHMA DAVID
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Reshma David is an immigrant from India who became a beloved member of her community in North Tacoma before visa problems forced her to move to Canada. 

Hear her story here:

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LEON KHALSA-MAULEN

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Leon Khalsa-Maulen immigrated to the United States from Germany as a teenager before moving to Tacoma to take a job teaching psychology at Pierce College. 

Hear the story of his journey toward becoming an American citizen.

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MAURICE LEKEA

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Maurice Lekea came to the United States as a refugee from the Democratic Republic of the Congo.  Hear his story of how he has made a new life for himself in Tacoma, including his participation in the Tacoma Refugee Choir.


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The Immigrant Stories Project is funded by a grant from Tacoma Creates:


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