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Luma Al-talankee

Luma Al-talankee

Luma Al-talankee is from Iraq, but now she is living in Bellevue. She came to America with her husband and children in 2010 for a better life. There was much fighting in Iraq at that time, and it wasn’t safe to live there anymore. Now Luma is a busy mother taking care of her three kids who are ages 11, 8, and 4.

05.1.2017| Reader Story

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Rosalie Mayer

Rosalie Mayer

Rosalie Mayer is from Lome, Togo which is a tiny country located in West Africa. Rosalie came to America in 2014 with her husband and her daughter because her husband got a job here. In Togo, Rosalie worked as a hair stylist. Rosalie speaks 3 languages and these are: Ewe, French, and English.

03.1.2017| Reader Story

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Kate Sidorova

Kate Sidorova

My name is Kate Sidorova, I’m from Russia. I’m a biologist. After graduating from Moscow State University, I worked as a teacher at Faculty of Biology for 10 years, and 3 years as a researcher at one of Moscow’s medical research institutes. My husband, daughter, and I moved to the USA in 2013 because my husband got a job in Seattle.

01.1.2017| Reader Story

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Farida Ahmadi

Farida Ahmadi

Farida Ahmadi is just 19 years old, and she is busy working two jobs and studying English at Bellevue College. Farida is from Afghanistan, and she came to America in February of 2016. She is one of eight kids, so she is busy helping everyone at home when she’s not working.

11.1.2016| Reader Story

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Vladimir Karpishev

Vladimir Karpishev

Vladimir Karpishev is from St. Petersburg, Russia. He came to America in September of 2015 with Irina, his wife of 40 years. They came because their daughter needed help with her children. Now Vladimir and his wife, Irina, are taking care of their grandchildren and at the same time studying English at Bellevue College.

07.1.2016| Reader Story

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Sharif Alsaleh

Sharif Alsaleh

Sharif Alsaleh is from Safawa, Saudi Arabia, and he is studying at Bellevue College now. He retired in 2011 after working for 28 years as a petroleum engineer. In 1986, he had a work assignment for one year that brought him to Texas. After spending one year in America, he knew he wanted to return after retiring.

05.1.2016| Reader Story

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Vinh Nguyen

Vinh Nguyen

Vinh Nguyen is from Saigon, Vietnam, and he came to America in October of 2014. Vinh came to Bellevue for his son’s education, and he came for a better future for his son. Vinh’s son is 16 and is currently attending Sammamish High School. Vinh worked for 31 years as an electrician in Vietnam before he retired.

03.1.2016| Reader Story

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Luiza Mustafina

Luiza Mustafina

Luiza Mustafina knows all about life changes. Although she was born in what was then called the USSR, it changed to Uzbekistan in 1991. Now, she is living in the United States as she came here in 2015 after her husband passed away. Luiza has four daughters but they live in four different countries so now, Luiza is learning English at Bellevue College and living with her grand-daughter in Bellevue. Luiza has noticed that there are many cultural and life style differences between living in America and Uzbekistan.

01.1.2016| Reader Story

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Liyan Zheng

Liyan Zheng

Liyan Zheng came from Dongguan which is a big city in the south of China. She lived in Dongguan for eleven years after graduation. Six months ago, she quit her job and came to the U.S. with her daughter to join her husband because her husband found a job at Expedia. In the beginning, Liyan felt happy and excited.

11.1.2015| Reader Story

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Anna Ma

Anna Ma

Anna Ma came from China eight years ago. She was an elementary teacher in China. She loved her job and her students. Then in 2007, her life changed completely. She immigrated to the U.S. with her family. At first, she had a big problem with English. She couldn’t speak or understand her neighbors or the cashiers in the store.

09.1.2015| Reader Story

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Farhang Karimi

Farhang Karimi

Farhang Karimi is from Shihraz, Iran and he is Bahai. The Bahai are a religious minority group, and they are persecuted for their beliefs in Iran. Farhang and his family had to flee to Turkey from Iran because of their beliefs. They stayed in Turkey for about 18 months before they came to Bellevue in 2008.

07.1.2015| Reader Story

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Majd Aladib

Majd Aladib

Majd Aladib came to the U.S. in 2013 from Syria to get a good education and to build a better life because his country is currently at war. Majd is an American citizen because he was born in Maryland while his parents were studying dentistry there. His family left the U.S.

05.1.2015| Reader Story

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Gokhan Tatar

Gokhan Tatar

Gokhan Tatar is from Malatya, Turkey and he came to America in June of 2014. In Turkey, Gokhan worked as a computer programmer in the IT industry. Gokhan and his wife came to America to live because life in Turkey was becoming more difficult. Now, Gokhan is learning English because he wants to work as a computer programmer here in America.

03.1.2015| Reader Story

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Chit Wong (Rosette)

Chit Wong (Rosette)

Chit Wong is from Macau and she goes by Rosette. Macau is a tiny regional area near Hong Kong that is the most densely populated region in the world. Because of the busy feeling in Macau, Rosette came to America to study in September of 2014. She and her brother are here because they want to get a good education.

01.1.2015| Reader Story

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Joao Tapel (Jomat)

Joao Tapel (Jomat)

Joao Tapel is from Timor-Leste which just became a country in 2002 when it broke away from Indonesia. In Timor-Leste, many of the people live without electricity. When Joao Tapel (who goes by Jomat) was growing up, he would walk 10 km to school one-way. He had to climb up over a mountain in order to get to school and it would take him 90 minutes to walk to school.

11.1.2014| Reader Story

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Jie Ren (Patton)

Jie Ren (Patton)

Jie Ren is from Shanghai, China but, he likes to go by the name of Patton. Patton worked for National Geographic as a photographer for many years. During his time at National Geographic, he was able to do many things. He once rode his motorcycle from China through Russia and on over to the Scandinavian countries.  Along the way, he took photographs of his journey. Now, Patton is retired so he decided to come to the United States to live.

09.1.2014| Reader Story

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Yair Uribe

Yair Uribe

Yair Uribe is from Bogota, Colombia and he has been in America for two months. In Colombia, Yair had his own cooking show on TV and he was a chef. In addition to having his cooking show, Yair taught cooking classes to students at the University in Colombia. Now, Yair is living in Mill Creek with his aunt, cousin, and two dogs.

07.1.2014| Reader Story

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Mehdi Hadi (Parsa)

Mehdi Hadi (Parsa)

Mehdi Hadi is from Iran. He goes by the name of Parsa. Parsa arrived in America just a few months ago. Before coming to America, Parsa lived in Norway and worked there. While working as a DJ at a Norwegian party, he met Roya who was originally from Iran.

05.1.2014| Reader Story

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Necmi Kayak

Necmi Kayak

Necmi Kayak is from Istanbul, Turkey, and he came to America one year ago. Necmi won his green card through the lottery program. He was teaching the Turkish language at a middle school, but he thought that the chance to come to America to live was too great of an opportunity to pass up. Now, that he is in America, he is taking ESL classes at Bellevue College, but he’d like to finish his Masters and also a Ph.D.

03.1.2014| Reader Story

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Adelita Briones

Adelita Briones

Adelita Briones is from Huehuetenango, Guatemala and she speaks Spanish and English. Adelita has 7 brothers but no sisters. She came to America six years ago because she wanted a better life with more opportunities.  Now, she lives in Bellevue with her husband and her six-year old son.

01.1.2014| Reader Story

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