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Citizen Story Project: Joaquin Uy

Joaquin Uy, from Seattle’s Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs recounts he and his parents’ immigration from Manila, Philippines to Cleveland in the early 1980s. Who was the first (or one of the first) family members to become a U.S. citizen? My father Joaquin “Jack” Chiong Uy [from] Manila, Philippines.…...

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Why Knowing Your Neighbors Matters

A connected community is a safer community; a more welcoming community; a community that’s better equipped to solve tough challenges. Studies have shown the potential for community violence increases when citizens feel powerless or disconnected. But crime rates are lower in communities with a strong civic life, as civically healthy…...

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Citizen Story Project: Rich Stolz

Rich Stolz, executive director of OneAmerica, describes his family’s immigration from Germany and South Korea. Who was the first (or one of the first) family members to become a U.S. citizen? My father’s father. Where did they immigrate from? Germany. What did they do to earn a living once they arrived…...

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Citizen Story Project: Lisa Herbold

Seattle City Councilmember Lisa Herbold shares the story of her great-great grandfather’s immigration from Germany at the turn of the 20th century. Who was the first (or one of the first) family members to become a U.S. citizen? Rudolph Maly, my great-grandfather (my paternal grandmother’s father). Where did he immigrate…...

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Citizen Story Project: Lorena González

Seattley City Councilmember Lorena González shares the story of her parents immigration from Michoacán, Mexico in the early 1960s. Who was the first (or one of the first) family members to become a U.S. citizen? My 5 siblings and I are first-generation born Americans.  My mother, Elvira González, was the first…...

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