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Celebrating Diversity: Ahmad Norouzi

Posted by Eskaton on Feb 22, 2017 7:58:56 PM

Ahmad, 77, was born in a small village in Theron, Iran. He and his wife of 53 years raised three children: two sons and one daughter. Ahmad first moved to Tucson, Arizona, in 2003 before retiring in California. Now the couple enjoy life at Eskaton Hazel Shirley Manor. “I like Eskaton. Good people, good manager. It’s quiet. Everything is good,” says Ahmad

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Celebrating Diversity: Sumiko Hall

Posted by Eskaton on Feb 20, 2017 10:00:00 AM

Orginally from Yokohama, Japan, Sumiko came to America in 1960. She is married and has one child. Throughout her time in the United States, she has lived in California, New Mexico, and Boston, Massachuetts, where she worked in the laundry business. She moved to Eskaton Hazel Shirley Manor 8 years ago. “I love it," says Sumiko. "Everything is close by and the people are nice too."

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Celebrating Diversity: Jia Kai Chu and Hui Wen Liu

Posted by Eskaton on Feb 13, 2017 10:00:00 AM

“Love. L-O-V-E,” says Jia Kai Chu when asked to share his thoughts on what it takes to make a marriage last.

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Celebrating Diversity: Yu Mei Lin and Joung Hui Chen

Posted by Eskaton on Feb 6, 2017 10:00:00 AM

Seventy-nine year old Yu Mei and her husband Joung Hui moved to Eskaton Hazel Shirley Manor  5 years ago. They were born in Tipai, Taiwan, and immigrated to America  20 years ago. Together they have 6 children.  Yu Mei and her husband celebrated their 60 year wedding aniverary. Dancing and exercise keeps Yu young, healthy and happy.

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Celebrating Diversity: Tong Yan

Posted by Eskaton on Jan 30, 2017 11:00:00 AM
Tong, 87, studied commercial administration and graduated Shanghai University before making a career in banking. In 1990 his entire family immigrated to the US and he decided to come along. He and his wife raised 4 children, one son and three daughters in China. Now they have six grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren.Tong enjoys his large family and the freedom America has to offer. He and his wife have lived at Eskaton Hazel Shirley Manor for the last 14 years. "It’s peaceful and safe here," said Tong.
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Celebrating Diversity: Kazuko Gafford

Posted by Eskaton on Jan 23, 2017 8:00:00 AM

 

Kazuko was 22 years old when she immigrated from Tokyo, Japan, to America. Now at 80 years old, she has found herself living in California for half of her life.

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Celebrating Diversity: Sakinah Muhammad

Posted by Eskaton on Jan 16, 2017 8:00:00 AM
Sakinah, 71, graduated high school in Richmond before moving to Silicon Valley. She spent her career in manufacturing of tech hardware and retired from Hewlett Packard 15 years ago. She raised a son and now has three granddaughters in Tracy, CA. She is delighted to live close to her mother who has been a resident of Eskaton Hazel Shirley Manor for 15 years. "The location is excellent," says Sakinah. "We are close to stores and pharmacies. We can go just about anywhere.”
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Celebrating Diversity: Mr. and Mrs. Wang

Posted by Eskaton on Jan 9, 2017 11:00:00 AM

For the last 16 years Eskaton Hazel Shirley Manor has been home to the Wangs. Originally from Ningbo City, China, the couple moved to the U.S. to be close to their three children living in the Bay Area. Xiuchen worked at a battery company many years and was in manufacturing before retiring. She is now 82 years old and lives with her 84 year old husband Songzhang. 

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Celebrating Diversity: Enoch Laud-Darku

Posted by Eskaton on Jan 2, 2017 11:00:00 AM

Eighty-one year old Enoch grew up in Ghana. As a ballroom dancer and instructor, he attended many events where he was invited to sit at the table with the country's leaders. The Rumba was one of his favorite dances. Enoch moved to California in 1972 to study International Business at Menlo College in Atherton. He spent his career working in hospitality before retiring and moving to Eskaton Hazel Shirley Manor in 2015.

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Celebrating Diversity at Eskaton Hazel Shirley Manor

Posted by Eskaton on Dec 12, 2016 5:14:56 PM

The series “Celebrating Diversity” was photographed by Thomas Sanders on September 2, 2016, in El Cerrito, California. Seventeen seniors living in affordable housing were interviewed about their immigration to America or migration to California. Only one of the 17 people interviewed who live in HUD subsidized housing was born and raised in El Cerrito. From Taipei to Tokyo, Columbus to Valley Forge, each of these diverse individuals has a unique life story to tell on how they came to live at Eskaton.

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Topics: Residents + Staffs, Celebrating Diversity