Immigrants Of The Week: Maye Saephanh, Marcelino Garcia, Camille Nelson
Immigrant of the Day: Maye Saephanh (Thailand)
Born in a Thai refugee camp and raised in a Sacramento housing project, Maye Saephanh has provided humanitarian aid in East Timor, Thailand, and Haiti. Next month, she will go to Afghanistan with the U.S. Agency for International Development, working to stabilize war-torn communities. Saephanh's family fled communism in Southeast Asia and she was born in a refugee camp in Thailand. The family resettled in the Bay Area when she was 5 and later moved to Sacramento. By age 9, at the Wellspring Women's Center in Oak Park, Maye was translating for many of the Mien refugees. She attended Loretto High School and went on to UC Santa Barbara on full scholarship.
Immigrant of the Day: Marcelino "Chelino" Garcia (Mexico)
Garcia, now 46, is a legal U.S. citizen and a highly successful entrepreneur at the forefront of the Oklahoma City area Hispanic community. He is the founder of the Chelinos Mexican Restaurant chain, which operates 11 restaurants and several other businesses. He is a source of inspiration for immigrants young and old.
Immigrant of the Day: Camille Nelson (Jamaica)
Kevin R. Johnson is currently Dean, Professor of Law and Chicana/o Studies, and the Mabie-Apallas Public Interest Law Chair holder at the University of California at Davis. He is also one of the editors of ImmigrationProf Blog.
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