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What it’s like to be the child of immigrants | Michael Rain

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Michael Rain is on a mission to tell the stories of first-generation immigrants, who have strong ties both to the countries they grew up in and their countries of origin. In a personal talk, he breaks down the mischaracterizations and limited narratives of immigrants and shares the stories of the worlds they belong to. "We're walking melting pots of culture," Rain says. "If something in that pot smells new or different to you, don't turn up your nose. Ask us to share."

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63 Comments on What it’s like to be the child of immigrants | Michael Rain

  1. Hello

  2. Tap my photo… Everyone deserves to read the message…

  3. Oop Perfect // 12th June 2018 at 5:06 pm // Reply

    First

  4. Peaceful Manners // 12th June 2018 at 5:13 pm // Reply

    Not every immigrant has a bomb strapped to their waist or is smuggling in guns and plotting terrorist attacks. If your own home country was bombed to utter pieces, and you were forced to move, would you like being discriminated against? I highly doubt so.

    • This guy’s parents weren’t even refugees and neither was he. What are you talking about?

    • alakazam fam // 12th June 2018 at 5:57 pm // Reply

      Peaceful Manners it’s sad how people are defined by the violence imposed upon them.

    • Dack Hacksaw // 12th June 2018 at 6:02 pm // Reply

      Peaceful Manners – yet indigenous people and their children are forced to work hard and pay higher taxes so that the immigrants and their children can enjoy better outcomes. That is discriminating against indigenous people.

    • Justin Hofmann // 12th June 2018 at 6:31 pm // Reply

      Peaceful Manners, LIES! ALL LIES!

  5. Lil Colgate Vert // 12th June 2018 at 5:15 pm // Reply

    *Bro*

  6. shiva dhanush // 12th June 2018 at 5:17 pm // Reply

    At 3:00 did he say axed instead of asked

  7. I love this story! I know exactly what your talking about!
    I think the best thing about this talk wasnt necessarily that michael was being open and honest, But how it was recieved by the audience. Standing ovation

  8. Spanish Inquisition // 12th June 2018 at 5:30 pm // Reply

    what about children of non immigrants?

    • World History With Dan // 12th June 2018 at 7:25 pm // Reply

      D_Unknown are you saying that the majority of Americans (as the majority is white) are willfully ignorant? What statistics do you base it on? Why does you prolific bias have to manifest itself in such a vicious manner in which you are unwilling to aid a person who is ignorant in coming to an educated consensus?

    • World History With Dan // 12th June 2018 at 7:27 pm // Reply

      D_Unknown either you are unwilling to do the research and join in a civil discussion or you are willfully being bias and using your prejudice as an excuse to not approach the issues of our day. Moreover, your statement shows that you have missed the point of the video entirely.

    • To Err is Huma // 12th June 2018 at 7:41 pm // Reply

      D_Unknown You are a racist. You are also the ignorant one, clearly. America is one of the most educated societies on the planet, ever. You’re simply too stupid, too ignorant and too racist to have any kind of a sensible or reasonable opinion. People like you, are why the alt-right exists, and is growing.

    • Spanish Inquisition is just trolling for hits. “What about x” is a specialty of Kellyanne Conway. Divert, redirect, discount and lie. Yes there might be a point to the comment. But “What about” is not responsive to the focus of the response.

      As a side note, the only children of non-immigrants are Native Americans. But I seriously doubt our troll realizes that.

    • Spanish Inquisition, oh that question was not excpected 😀

  9. Lauren Fratostitanu // 12th June 2018 at 5:31 pm // Reply

    The food section of this video is super relatable

  10. World History With Dan // 12th June 2018 at 5:32 pm // Reply

    Growing up with my parents (who came from the Soviet Union) is probably my biggest blessing. They came with no money, and no knowledge of the English langue and made their way into the American middle class with hard work and motivation starting as full time workers at a truck loading facility. This inspires me to see how competence and love for family can get you far in our country as they strove to better their situation for me and my sister as they both worked full time and studied in college. Immigrants face a lot of struggles to the point where I cannot completely list the complexity of issues my parents still face but just remember that hard work, love for family, and a respect for the country you have come to can bring you far.

  11. World History With Dan // 12th June 2018 at 5:39 pm // Reply

    I honestly want to try fufu now. Just because it sounds very fuzzy and warm.

    • ill microwave a moldy peach for u how does that sound?

    • It isn’t fuzzy at all. It is warm though.

    • World History With Dan // 12th June 2018 at 6:13 pm // Reply

      J Briggs sounds like it would taste like the lovely internals of someone’s stomach. I was thinking more creme brûlée.

    • I think you would be extremely disappointed by fufu. Unless you like bland food that poor ppl in Africa eat to stay alive and which resembles a ball of dough.

    • World History With Dan // 12th June 2018 at 6:37 pm // Reply

      J Briggs I assume like any traditional dish it can be incorporated very cheaply or high quality, don’t project your views.

  12. Dack Hacksaw // 12th June 2018 at 5:58 pm // Reply

    I imagine it is very satisfying, being the child of immigrants, being the beneficiary of a lifetime of state social security benefits, not having to work for a living, playing the race/victim card to get what you want, when you perceive there’s an obstacle in your way. In many cases, having interpreters laid on for you when you go to hospital for your free medical treatment, paid for by indigenous taxpayers. Yes, I think I would enjoy being the child of immigrants. Sadly, I’m indigenous so I must work so that the children of immigrants have plenty of time to enjoy themselves, and also have a much, much bigger family than I could ever afford.

    • Marcos Saldana // 12th June 2018 at 7:41 pm // Reply

      Oh man, i forgot about my free immigrant health care and such. Lemme just quit my job while im at it cuz turns out i just get free money

    • Poor baby. Maybe you’ll grow up an see past the end of your nose. Maybe…

    • Dack Hacksaw // 12th June 2018 at 9:18 pm // Reply

      Marcos Saldana – ‘poor baby’? You really need to try harder at being a narcissist. Your attempt at a demeaning and belittling comment was, well, just a bit amateurish. But you did get my attention, which, as a narcissist, was your goal all along, so well done.

    • Sir Hoelstad // 12th June 2018 at 10:51 pm // Reply

      Dack Hacksaw Have I understood you correctly if you mean it is beneficial in life to be the child of an immigrant?

  13. I really want to try fufu now

    • Mate the same is true for foods from any other part of the world. Bread, Pasta, Knödel, Noodles, Dumplings, Nang, Tacos, Pizza, they all just used to be balls of dough that poor people made to fill their bellies. And even now, they’re alright on their own, but the spices and sauces and veggies we put on them make them better, and the same is true for fufu. Based on images of it on google, it doesn’t look bland at all. It looks good.
      Seriously dude, don’t knock it till you try it. I’ve had food from Africa before and it tasted awesome. Just don’t assume that everything coming from there is automatically tasteless. That’s a prejudice. Just try it first.

    • What about mud cookies from Haiti?

    • I don’t know. What about mud cookies from Haiti? What do those have to do with anything?

    • A common food they eat in haiti is cookies made out of mud. search mud cookies in utube and u can see how they are made.

    • I know what they are, but why are you bringing them up? What do they have to do with fufu?

  14. DriveR13G27 // 12th June 2018 at 6:05 pm // Reply

    I wish all people were able to look beyond the surface and realize that there are good and bad, legal and illegal, adaptable and unadaptable, qualified and unqualified immigrants from every continent, country, ethinicity, culture, religion etc. Generalizations / Prejudices really don’t do anyone justice, it’s troubling when e.g. a black immigrant tries his best to integrate and is still not regarded as a full-value citizen by some, no matter how hard he tries

  15. REMINDER. Not all immigrants are minorities, both my parents are German (from Germany.) Everybody in the comments seems to only be discussing immigrants in a negative way.

  16. Justin Hofmann // 12th June 2018 at 6:43 pm // Reply

    Why do immigrants act as if it’s everyone else’s duty to learn about THEM? Why is anyone obligated to do anything for someone else? Yes, it is the CORRECT thing to do, but you can call people privileged and entitled when you yourself are DEMANDING/EXPECTING natives to learn/understand YOUR background and upbringing. It just doesn’t make sense. It’s the opposite of unity, love and understanding. I’m one for peace, love and support, but when someone teaches the opposite through guilt,finger pointing and name calling/labeling…

    • Justin Hofmann // 12th June 2018 at 9:08 pm // Reply

      Brenda dude… Bro… I’m not going to disrespect what I thought was an actual conversation, so I won’t say “yawn”. But I will make it clear that at this point I could honestly care less what you have to say in response to this last reply I will give you. I think you’ve chosen the wrong bits and pieces of my statement to quote, in order to gain what you think is the upper hand, by that I mean you are trying to debate all the wrong points and you are picking bits and pieces out of my statement in order to create a one-sided debate. I’m not going to waste anymore of my time with you, I think that my statement spoke for itself, and I wasn’t even trying to make any real “points”. I merely stated a very clear conception of a largely potential problem in the current state of affairs, I’m walking away at this point because if you truly feel the way that you have made it scene, you are hopeless and no one including myself is going to get anywhere with you and unfortunately you are a lost soul, I still wish the best for you, hopefully one day you will wake up and see the truth around you

    • _You_ clicked on the video dude…

    • Justin LoL Too funny!

    • Dack Hacksaw // 12th June 2018 at 9:25 pm // Reply

      Brenda Rua – good to see you attempt – lamely, if I may say so – to patronise, demean and belittle other commenters. May I recommend you seek professional help? I think you could benefit from some therapy for your quite observable self-esteem issues.

    • How did you get it is everyone else’s duty to learn about THEM? My take is he just wants Americans etc to open their minds. If you see something that is not a hamburger , don’t just say that it is disgusting and it does not belong in America. Plus immigrants love sharing their culture, just like they love taking in American culture.

  17. iliveasnatalie // 12th June 2018 at 6:51 pm // Reply

    I like this guy. Good keynote speaker.

  18. Stanislav Coros // 12th June 2018 at 7:02 pm // Reply

    People in poor conditions should stop producing offsprings if they can not live comfortable where they are. Whats the point of poor african or asian or poor european to have 5-10 childrens when parents can not give them good comfort of living that will not force child to migrate. I understand that not everyone was born in habitable area of planet, but if he will produce more and more offsprings from that place, his entire family will be worse and worse. And then they blame other nations to not helping them. First you have to help by yourself, after u can have childrens. It is OK to migrate with 1-2 childs if conditions become harder than was before, but I dont like to see poor people having 10 childs asking for help.

    • Stanislav consider that the Roman church is a major factor in the places you mention, and you have your answer.

    • Ivory Miller // 12th June 2018 at 8:59 pm // Reply

      I use to wonder why the poor seem to breed more than the rich. This nuance really baffled me for a while but then I realized that it is usually a result of their mindset. With an irresponsible mentality comes irresponsible behavior.

    • Dack Hacksaw // 12th June 2018 at 9:30 pm // Reply

      Ivory Miller – exactly. Poor people place themselves in their predicament due to poor life choices.

  19. DURMUŞ BAYSAL // 12th June 2018 at 8:52 pm // Reply

    O mankind, indeed We have created you from male and female and made you peoples and tribes that you may know one another. Indeed, the most noble of you in the sight of Allah is the most righteous of you. Indeed, Allah is Knowing and Acquainted. (The Noble Quran. Surah Al Hujurat. Verse 13)
    The purpose of our life is that:
    English: And I did not create the jinn and mankind except to worship Me. (The Noble Quran. Surah Adh Dhariyat. Verse 56)
    Germany: Und Ich habe die Ginn und die Menschen nur darum erschaffen, damit sie Mir dienen (sollen)
    French: Je n’ai créé les djinns et les hommes que pour qu’ils M’adorent.
    Listen to the voice of The Noble Quran.
    French : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lVY8pwx9B74
    English: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Omh4oG8T_Fw
    German: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EXWTxB6oS6I

    • Dack Hacksaw // 12th June 2018 at 9:29 pm // Reply

      DURMUŞ BAYSAL – what is the proscribed penalty for blasphemy in Islam? What is the penalty for an apostate, that is, a person who leaves Islam or converts from Islam to another religion? Why did Muhammad marry Aisha when he was over 50 and she was 6, making her his 11th wife, and then have penetrative vaginal intercourse with her when she was 9? What is the penalty for homosexuality in Islam? What is the penalty for adultery in Islam?

  20. question ade // 12th June 2018 at 8:59 pm // Reply

    What you are mate is a human just like everyone else

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