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Our Journey To Canada

Meet Eileen Chen. She is a Chinese-Canadian Environmental Activist, University of Windsor graduate, and Community Volunteer. While reflecting on her family's immigration story this is what she had to say.

"We landed in Windsor from China and had nothing except our suitcases and some packed boxes. We had no furniture in our one bedroom apartment on University Avenue. To eat, we unpacked one of the cardboard boxes and flipped it over to make a little table. The only thing I remember when this was happening was 'wow this is a cool table.' I was 7 at the time and thought every little bit was an adventure. It never occurred to me that I was in a foreign place because I was with my parents. I still remember that we had Ramen noodles for dinner because we could only bring dry food across. I remember that the first bowl had soap in it because my mom had just previously washed the dishes and the soap had not been fully rinsed off. It is weird to think about my own immigration process because everyone has different stories. My journey to Canada was enjoyable and I never felt like I did not belong"

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