Tell us your story

We hope that you found our exhibition inspiring and we invite you to share your own stories with us. Tell us about your or your family’s experiences of migration. Consider sharing a picture of a person, place, or an object that is representative of these experiences. Your story will appear below on this page. 

You can share your story in any format you prefer. 

Here are some guiding questions to help you think through your experiences. You can focus on one of them if you find it challenging to tell the whole story. You do not have to frame it as an answer to the questions. Feel free to share your story or particular parts of it in any form. 

– What are the reasons and circumstances of your migration?

– What expectations and hopes did you have when you were making the          decision to move?

– Describe your journey to your destination. 

– What were your first impressions when you arrived?

– What kind of people did you meet on your journey and at your new place?

– What challenges did you face in the process?

– How did this experience change you? Did you change your opinions,             values, ideas about yourself, other people, and the world?

– Do you have any regrets about moving?

– What advice would you give to people who want to migrate?

    SHared Stories


    In the picture: my grandmother and my mother in Vietnam.

    Migration to me is rooted in my parent’s experience as migrants from Vietnam after the fall of Saigon. They arrived to the US and I was born shortly after, new to the world to parents new to a country. Growing up, there was always a family past I could never quite piece together in the right order and place, the politics of war and the family stories never really tangible while growing up in suburban America. The past felt like a foreign country I could almost wander through, holding up this or that remarkable memory and bringing it to new life. This sense of elsewhere and of trying to make the past cohesive, I believe, led me to work in different cities, study in different countries, and to change career paths. Migration to me is tied to a restlessness and a search for a home that is complete. After many years living in different cities in Europe, I recently returned home to Seattle where my mother and extended family live. My family have largely stayed in the same city, my many cousins have many kids, and there is a new generation. My wanderings and migrations have made each new place seem less foreign, my parents’ experiences more relatable, and somehow my childhood home, now, seems remarkably more like home.