My Mission

My Mission

You might know that Immigrant Me was a solo exhibit at the Fresno Art Museum, January – June 2018 (above photo). It featured 25 hand-drawn portraits, each with a short biography of the person. I aimed to share the positive side of immigration and I feel great...
Torn Apart

Torn Apart

This week, I bring you a different kind of story. This one deals with the tragic side of immigration, focusing on the border with Mexico. While I prefer to focus on stories of success, it’s also important to be aware that some who attempt to find a better life...
Javier Patiño: an American Immigrant

Javier Patiño: an American Immigrant

Javier Patiño was born in Sanger, California. So, how is he an immigrant? Well, this brings up interesting element about immigration.  While he was infant, his parents returned to their native Mexico. They settled in Morelia, the capital of Michoacán, where they...
White Privilege: An Armenian’s Perspective

White Privilege: An Armenian’s Perspective

The San Joaquín Valley is a flat land, in the middle of California. Almond, pistachio and orange orchards as well as vineyards and melon, onion and tomato fields sprawl across the landscape. The 99 is an asphalt artery, stretching almost the entire length of valley,...