Anmol Sanyasi, 14-year-old Nepali refugee holds a traditional combat knife that for him represents heritage and strength. In 2009, Sanyasi and his family resettle in the United States bringing only three suitcases. Thursday, Aug. 20, 2015
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Anmol Sanyasi, 14-year-old Nepali refugee holds a traditional combat knife that for him represents heritage and strength. In 2009, Sanyasi and his family resettle in the United States bringing only three suitcases. Thursday, Aug. 20, 2015

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Anmol Sanyasi, 14-year-old Nepali refugee holds a traditional combat knife that for him represents heritage and strength. In 2009, Sanyasi and his family resettle in the United States bringing only three suitcases. Thursday, Aug. 20, 2015

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Adrien Ikaba, original from Congo. ..Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2015, in Houston. ( Marie D. De Jesus / Houston Chronicle )
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Adrien Ikaba, 44, original from the Republic of Congo, stashed away the baccalaureate degree he brought from home and became a farmer in Houston. 

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Adrien Ikaba, 44, original from the Republic of Congo, stashed away the baccalaureate degree he brought from home and became a farmer in Houston. 

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Alexander Kogan, 73, came to the United States from the Soviet Union in 1979 looking for asylum. Kogan brought with him a kazan he had bought in 1964 in Pharhana City. The kazan is used to cook pilaf. Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2015, in Houston. ( Marie D. De Jesu
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Alexander Kogan carried $114, a suitcase and his kazan and left the Soviet Union for a life in the United States.  

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Alexander Kogan carried $114, a suitcase and his kazan and left the Soviet Union for a life in the United States.  

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The most meaningful item, Thieu Dang, a Vietnamese American, brought to the United States was a hand written letter from an official of the United Nations in 1981. The letter wishes him a prosperous future in the U.S.
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The most meaningful item, Thieu Dang, a Vietnamese American, brought to the United States was a hand written letter from an official of the United Nations in 1981. The letter wishes him a prosperous future in the U.S. ×
The most meaningful item, Thieu Dang, a Vietnamese American, brought to the United States was a hand written letter from an official of the United Nations in 1981. The letter wishes him a prosperous future in the U.S. ×
Adrien Ikaba, original from Congo holds vegetables. Ikaba was trained in economy but became a farmer when he migrated to the United States. Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2015, in Houston. ( Marie D. De Jesus / Houston Chronicle )
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Adrien Ikaba, 44, original from the Republic of Congo, stashed away the baccalaureate degree he brought from home and became a farmer in Houston.

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Adrien Ikaba, 44, original from the Republic of Congo, stashed away the baccalaureate degree he brought from home and became a farmer in Houston.

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Marisa Rummell was born in Mexico but grew up in the United States. She has kept her grandmother's 105-years-old hand embroidered handkerchief hoping she can pass it on to the next generation and be a reminder of their heritage. Monday, Sept. 21, 2015, in
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Marisa Rummell was born in Mexico but grew up in the United States. She has kept her grandmother's 105-years-old hand embroidered handkerchief hoping she can pass it on to the next generation and be a reminder of their heritage. Monday, Sept. 21, 2015, in

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Marisa Rummell was born in Mexico but grew up in the United States. She has kept her grandmother's 105-years-old hand embroidered handkerchief hoping she can pass it on to the next generation and be a reminder of their heritage. Monday, Sept. 21, 2015, in

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Alex Antonio George...Monday, Sept. 28, 2015, in Houston. ( Marie D. De Jesus / Houston Chronicle )
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Alex Antonio George, from Eritrea, climbed an anchor chain and pulled himself aboard a container ship and hid himself for days in the engine room. He was later found, fed and given a blue jumpsuit. He has kept the jumpsuit for 11 years as a reminder what he went through to make it to the United States and save his life.  

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Alex Antonio George, from Eritrea, climbed an anchor chain and pulled himself aboard a container ship and hid himself for days in the engine room. He was later found, fed and given a blue jumpsuit. He has kept the jumpsuit for 11 years as a reminder what he went through to make it to the United States and save his life.  

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Idolortegwolor Smith Iruru tunes a song that reminds him of his home in Negieria and the Uwvie people of the Niger River Delta. Saturday, Sept. 12, 2015, in Katy. ( Marie D. De Jesus / Houston Chronicle )
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Idolortegwolor Smith Iruru tunes a song that reminds him of his home in Negieria and the Uwvie people of the Niger River Delta. Saturday, Sept. 12, 2015, in Katy. ( Marie D. De Jesus / Houston Chronicle )

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Idolortegwolor Smith Iruru tunes a song that reminds him of his home in Negieria and the Uwvie people of the Niger River Delta. Saturday, Sept. 12, 2015, in Katy. ( Marie D. De Jesus / Houston Chronicle )

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Anna Steinberger who was born in Radom, Poland holds a photograph of her parents before they fled to escape German occupation. Thursday, Sept. 3, 2015, in Houston. ( Marie D. De Jesus / Houston Chronicle )
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Anna Steinberger who was born in Radom, Poland holds a photograph of her parents before they fled to escape German occupation. Thursday, Sept. 3, 2015, in Houston. ( Marie D. De Jesus / Houston Chronicle )

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Anna Steinberger who was born in Radom, Poland holds a photograph of her parents before they fled to escape German occupation. Thursday, Sept. 3, 2015, in Houston. ( Marie D. De Jesus / Houston Chronicle )

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Alexandra Christie's, 67, wedding reception dress she used 47 years ago in her home country Greece. The dress is special to her because the fabric used for the dress her husband brought from the United States before she knew they were going to wed. Saturd
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Alexandra Christie's, 67, brought her wedding reception dress she used 47

years ago in her home country Greece. The dress is special to her because the fabric used was purchased in Texas by her husband before she knew they were going to wed. Her husband flew to Greece with the fabric hoping to find a wife. They randomly met in a bus. ×

Alexandra Christie's, 67, brought her wedding reception dress she used 47

years ago in her home country Greece. The dress is special to her because the fabric used was purchased in Texas by her husband before she knew they were going to wed. Her husband flew to Greece with the fabric hoping to find a wife. They randomly met in a bus. ×
Krishna Vavilala, 78, brought from India his father-in-law Ph.D dissertation as a reminder of how much the family values education. Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2015, in Houston. ( Marie D. De Jesus / Houston Chronicle )
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Krishna Vavilala, 78, brought from India his father-in-law Ph.D dissertation as a reminder of how much the family values education. Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2015, in Houston. ( Marie D. De Jesus / Houston Chronicle )

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Krishna Vavilala, 78, brought from India his father-in-law Ph.D dissertation as a reminder of how much the family values education. Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2015, in Houston. ( Marie D. De Jesus / Houston Chronicle )

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Alexander Kogan, 73, came to the United States from the Soviet Union in 1979 looking for asylum. Kogan brought with him a kazan he had bought in 1964 in Pharhana City. The kazan is used to cook pilaf. Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2015, in Houston. ( Marie D. De Jesu
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Alexander Kogan, 73, came to the United States from the Soviet Union in 197

9 looking for asylum. Kogan brought with him a kazan he had bought in 1964 in Pharhana City. The kazan is used to cook pilaf. Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2015, in Houston. ( Marie D. De Jesu ×

Alexander Kogan, 73, came to the United States from the Soviet Union in 197

9 looking for asylum. Kogan brought with him a kazan he had bought in 1964 in Pharhana City. The kazan is used to cook pilaf. Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2015, in Houston. ( Marie D. De Jesu ×
Armando Perez arrived to the United States from Cuba, August 12, 1962 only bringing with him what he was wearing, a red shirt, pants and shoes. For 53 years Perez has kept the shirt as a reminder of a precious life he left behind in pursue of freedom. Wed
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Armando Per

ez arrived to the United States from Cuba, August 12, 1962 only bringing with him

what he was wearing, a red shirt, pants and shoes. For 53 years Perez has kept the shirt as a reminder of a precious life he left behind in pursue of freedom. 

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Armando Per

ez arrived to the United States from Cuba, August 12, 1962 only bringing with him

what he was wearing, a red shirt, pants and shoes. For 53 years Perez has kept the shirt as a reminder of a precious life he left behind in pursue of freedom. 

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Lourdes Reira, original from Honduras, crossed the Rio Grande River carrying the photographs of her children. .Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2015, in Houston. ( Marie D. De Jesus / Houston Chronicle )
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Lourdes Reira, original from Honduras, crossed the Rio Grande River carrying the photographs of her children. .Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2015, in Houston. ( Marie D. De Jesus / Houston Chronicle ) ×
Lourdes Reira, original from Honduras, crossed the Rio Grande River carrying the photographs of her children. .Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2015, in Houston. ( Marie D. De Jesus / Houston Chronicle ) ×
Khatera Khorushan, 38, a refugee from Afghanistan made sure to bring her diplomas and degrees when she moved to the United States. Saturday, Sept. 12, 2015, in Houston.
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Khatera Khorushan, 38, a refugee from Afghanistan made sure to bring her diplomas and degrees when she moved to the United States. Saturday, Sept. 12, 2015, in Houston.

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Khatera Khorushan, 38, a refugee from Afghanistan made sure to bring her diplomas and degrees when she moved to the United States. Saturday, Sept. 12, 2015, in Houston.

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