immigrants http://kuow.org en Alone And Pregnant In A Foreign Country http://kuow.org/post/alone-and-pregnant-foreign-country <p><em>Being a mother isn't easy, and it's even harder when you're both single and an immigrant. But that didn't stop Maria Perez. </em>RadioActive<em> youth producer Estefania Chirino Perez tells the story of her mother's struggle, and what kept her from giving up.</em></p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/127600351&amp;color=ff6600&amp;auto_play=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>My mother came to the United States with only the thought of getting to know a different language and the American culture. She didn't think that leaving her hometown would give her a whole different reason to live for. Thu, 09 Jan 2014 22:33:04 +0000 Estefania Chirino Perez & RadioActive Youth Media 26195 at http://kuow.org Alone And Pregnant In A Foreign Country Identity Crisis http://kuow.org/post/identity-crisis <p>For our last week of the summer we bring you stories of change, challenge and identity!</p><p>Hosts Carlos Nieto and Isaac Noren speak about what it means to be themselves and how others view them. Isaac Noren takes us into to the mind of a girl born in the wrong body and tells us about how she’s adjusting to her new life. Then Srikar Penumaka gives us an inside look on a religious refugee from Bhutan, how he’s adapted to American culture and how he’s slowly trying to bring his two worlds together through technology.</p><p>Hopefully today's podcast will make you think about who you are and where you come from.</p><p><em>RadioActive is KUOW's youth radio program, and all the stories here are produced by young people age 16-21. <a href="http://www.kuow.org/programs/radioactive"><u>Listen to RadioActive stories</u></a>, subscribe to the <a href="http://www.kuow.org/rss"><u>RadioActive podcast</u></a> and stay in touch on <a href="https://www.facebook.com/RadioActiveYouthMedia"><u>Facebook</u></a>.</em></p><p></p><p> Tue, 13 Aug 2013 16:25:31 +0000 Carlos Nieto & Isaac Noren & Srikar Penumaka 18455 at http://kuow.org Identity Crisis Wash. Groups Join National Fast For Immigration Reform http://kuow.org/post/wash-groups-join-national-fast-immigration-reform <p></p><p></p><p></p><p>Across Washington state this week, supporters of immigration reform are taking up a new challenge: no food for 24 hours. The effort is part of national fast that’s underway as Congress debates a sweeping immigration bill.</p> Wed, 03 Jul 2013 17:13:31 +0000 Liz Jones 16012 at http://kuow.org Wash. Groups Join National Fast For Immigration Reform Episode 39: The Ups And Downs Of Moving Countries And Choosing Careers http://kuow.org/post/episode-39-ups-and-downs-moving-countries-and-choosing-careers <p>This month RadioActive hosts Yafiet Bezabih and Ann Kane are fixing to surprise you. First we bring you three amazing stories about the challenges and hardships of moving to a new country. In collaboration with Renton High School’s <a href="http://www.facebook.com/pages/Renton-Arrow/199539563477954">Arrow newspaper</a>, &nbsp;Renton High school students from Somalia, Ethiopia and Mexico share their experiences of coming to America and adjusting to the weather, navigating the language barrier and finding friendship.</p> Thu, 30 May 2013 18:06:07 +0000 RadioActive Youth Media & Ann Kane & Yafiet Bezabih 13876 at http://kuow.org Episode 39: The Ups And Downs Of Moving Countries And Choosing Careers Questions Concerning Adoption Law http://kuow.org/post/questions-concerning-adoption-law <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong>Governor Jay Inslee signed a bill into law on Tuesday that gives people who were adopted access to non-certified copies of their birth certificates. Before now they had to get a special court order. More than 50 percent of families in Washington state have been impacted by adoption — meaning someone in their extended family is either an adoptive parent, an adoptee or the birth parent of an adoptive child. Thu, 23 May 2013 19:40:40 +0000 The Conversation with Ross Reynolds 13608 at http://kuow.org Poet Colleen McElroy On "Crossing Oceans" http://kuow.org/post/poet-colleen-mcelroy-crossing-oceans <p>One of the most&nbsp;persistent stories about America — that it was&nbsp;made by immigrants&nbsp;fleeing "the old country" — is also one of the most incomplete. And since stories shape our perception of reality, poet <a href="http://www.poetryfoundation.org/bio/colleen-j-mcelroy" target="_blank">Colleen McElroy</a> is intent on telling another aspect of&nbsp;America's story in "Crossing Oceans."&nbsp; The poem appears in her most recent collection&nbsp;"<a href="http://www.upress.pitt.edu/BookDetails.aspx?bookId=36336" target="_blank">Here I Throw Down My Heart</a>" (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2012). Wed, 15 May 2013 18:56:16 +0000 Elizabeth Austen 12896 at http://kuow.org Poet Colleen McElroy On "Crossing Oceans" Seattle Immigrant Women Overcome Cultural Constraints To Exercise http://kuow.org/post/seattle-immigrant-women-overcome-cultural-constraints-exercise <p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p>Physical activity is good for the body and mind, though finding time to exercise can be a challenge. But for some people, time is not the only issue. Many Muslim women find that cultural constraints limit their options. A group of immigrant women in Seattle found a way to overcome that challenge.<br> Tue, 09 Apr 2013 14:10:34 +0000 Ruby de Luna 11057 at http://kuow.org Seattle Immigrant Women Overcome Cultural Constraints To Exercise No Citizenship? No Problem For IRS http://kuow.org/post/no-citizenship-no-problem-irs <p>On a recent night at El Centro de la Raza, in Seattle’s Beacon Hill neighborhood, undocumented workers show up with folders of paperwork. They’ve come to this Latino-focused non-profit to get help with their tax returns.</p><p> Fri, 01 Mar 2013 22:05:46 +0000 Liz Jones 9062 at http://kuow.org No Citizenship? No Problem For IRS Sequester Frees Immigrants From Tacoma Detention Center http://kuow.org/post/sequester-frees-immigrants-tacoma-detention-center <p></p><p></p><p></p><p>Sequestration has apparently led to a “get out of jail free” card for some detainees at an immigration lockup in Tacoma. Wed, 27 Feb 2013 20:54:32 +0000 Liz Jones 8897 at http://kuow.org Sequester Frees Immigrants From Tacoma Detention Center Coming To America http://kuow.org/post/coming-america <p>According to the Migration Policy Institute as of 2011, 13.3 percent of Washington’s population was born in another country. Today on <em>The Conversation,</em> Ross Reynolds hears stories about traveling to the US in search of a new home.</p><p> Wed, 06 Feb 2013 20:20:00 +0000 Ross Reynolds 7797 at http://kuow.org Coming To America Washington Farmers Encouraged By Senate Immigration Plan http://kuow.org/post/washington-farmers-encouraged-senate-immigration-plan <p></p><p>This week, something new is sprouting in the Northwest’s fields and fruit orchards: optimism about immigration reform. Thu, 31 Jan 2013 17:03:32 +0000 Liz Jones 7426 at http://kuow.org Washington Farmers Encouraged By Senate Immigration Plan