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iForeignBorn educates, informs and inspires people from around the world. You may live in a country you weren’t born in, or travel across the world. We promote respect for all differences of all peoples of the world. These iForeignBorn stories are interviews with people from around the world who have come to live in the United States of America.

Russian Independent Filmmaker

Like many young guys in their late twenties, Mr. Mikhail Tot has a lot on his plate right now. In addition to his paying job as a photographer/videographer, he has written, directed and edited six feature-length films including one that will be screened on September 15th at Atlas Cinemas Lakeshore 7 in Euclid titled, “In Guns We Trust” which has already garnered some criticism from a few people who say

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Young Man from Spain Finds True Love, Home, and Calling in the United States

Meet Quenan E. García Martín. He’s a Spanish foreign born living in United States and founder of Lion IQ Solutions, Inc., which does credit consulting for individuals and firms. Quenan said he liked Ohio from the first moment he arrived here as an exchange student attending Buckeye High School in Medina during his junior year (2010-2011). His host family was very kind to him and he felt very accepted and welcomed.

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American Woman of Hungarian Heritage Becomes Taekwondo Master Through Perseverence

My name is Gwenyth Szabo. Zay-bowe. The “s” is silent. It’s not s-zay-bowe, sah- bowe, or zah-bowe. My name is Hungarian, and I usually have to clarify it every time I introduce myself or when people see it written. However, aside from knowing its origin and that it means tailor, I don’t know much about my Hungarian history. Does my last name indicate that my family came from a tailoring

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Carlos Fernando Villa Gomez, Colombian Economist

We first met Mr. Carlos Fernando Villa Gomez at the end of June at the summer networking event put on by the Northeast Ohio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce at Barroco in Lakewood and were very impressed with his accomplishments. He is a professor of marketing and as well as a consultant to various companies both in Colombia, his native land, and other Central American countries for over 40 years. Even more impressive to us

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Couple Immigrate Independently from Romania to Work Hard & Relish Freedoms of USA

On July 4th, we met Mr. Peter Costin and his family when we all volunteered to march with Ohio State Senator Michael Skindell (Democrat from District 23) in the annual holiday parade in Lakewood. As it turned out, Peter helped us carry the Skindell banner while his wife, Delia, drove the Skindell car. Peter and Delia, along with their son Christopher, were there because they admired Senator Skindell and because their daughter, Andrea,

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Indonesia Native Tino Go Builds “Dimensionally Yours” American Dream

On Tuesday, June 20th, we attended a City Club program on Public Square, For the Love of Cleveland: Reinvestment and Opportunity. We met Mr. Tino Go, founder of Dimensionally Yours, (dimensionallyyours.com), an Ohio-based company that focuses on fast and affordable customization of furniture made with environmentally conscious lumber. “It’s common for shoppers to find furniture that they find attractive and affordable, Tino says. “But it’s often the wrong size for

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Yeamelake Aklilu of Germany on Assignment with Interreligious Task Force on Central America

We first met Ms. Yeamelake Aklilu, full-time staff volunteer at the Interreligious Task Force on Central America (IRTF) on Saturday, January 14th at a spaghetti dinner that was put on by the IRTF to raise money to finance Ms. Aklilu’s to 10 day trip to Central America starting on February 17th. As the notes on the fundraiser flyer stated, “to complement her work (and IRTF’s), Yeamelake has chosen to participate

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Eva Nemcik, Czechoslovakian Immigrant, Comes a Long Way to Discover Her American Dream

One day last summer, we attended the Mentor Chamber of Commerce luncheon where we were seated at the same table as Ms. Eva Nemcik, who told us that she had left Czechoslovakia in 1968 with her family after the Russian invasion. Eventually they settled in the Cleveland area where she worked for General Electric for 26 years before she retired. At this time, she is a successful small business owner who

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Spending Time With The Talented Abstract Artist Ms. Jamila Alhaib

We first met Ms. Jamila Alhaib, a noted abstract artist, at the CAMEO holiday party at the Kan Zaman Restaurant in Cleveland where she accompanied our mutual friend, Ms. Cindy David who introduced us to her. We talked to Ms. Alhaib for a while and were very impressed by her successful efforts helping fellow artists obtain visas so that they might visit the United States and exhibit their art. We wanted

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Jerry Malinar, Croatian Artist

I had the opportunity to visit the Croatian Heritage Museum and Library before Christmas where I met Jerry Malinar and saw Jerry’s beautiful Croatian Nativity Scene that he created in 1987 for the museum’s Christmas exhibit.  It was made from papier-mâché, burlap, straw, and paint.  There is a lit cave with the Holy Family and shepherds surrounded by many Croatian dolls dressed in regional folk dress.  A circle dance of dolls, a kolo,

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