8 First-Generation Kids Tell Their Story


“What was often tough as a first-generation American kid,” Heba told me, “was explaining things that were so culturally normal in America, like going to sleepovers or having a boyfriend, to which I’d receive a hard “no” or “la” (Arabic for no).”

It’s easy to call communities “melting pots,” but what does it really feel like when cultures mix inside a single home, a single person? When your birth – your life — marks a huge geographical and cultural shift in your family’s history? I talked to eight people about what it’s still like to be first-generation. Their situations are all different and yet they’re threaded together by similar anecdotes both comical and emotional. Click through above to read their stories.

Photos by Simon Chetrit.

Haley Nahman

Haley Nahman

Haley Nahman is the Features Director at Man Repeller.

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