Immigrant Me

Mission

My goal is to promote the humanity of naturalized Americans. Beyond obtaining a piece of paper that identifies us as Americans, we weave ourselves into the fabric of this country, expanding the meaning of what an American is as it has been done for generations. Indeed, America was built by immigrants and we still help shape the future of this country.

We are Americans but not by birth. Not by chance. We chose to become American. Before coming here, we had a different life. Once in the United States, we all had an adjustment period, which never really ends, no matter how much American we become. There’s always a struggle to adjust, to fit in, to be understood, to somehow retain a sense of our roots. Also, we each have a story about how we got here and why. Immigrant Me explores the immigrant’s experience, which is tattered with pain, fear, adjustment, courage, adventure, resolve and success.

Melinda Salerno, registered nurse from Slovaia, became US citizen in 2018

The Exhibit

Fifty American immigrants will be featured, each with a black and white portrait and personal story. The portraits will be 20in x 16in, framed.

Fresno, CA will host the opening exhibit in 2021. It will travel thereafter.