Every year, Nancy Foner (who's a sociology prof. at NYC's Hunter College) requires the students in her honors seminar course, "The Peopling of New York" to interview a close relative about their family's recent history. This year, GOTO's own Alex Akulov was one of Foner's students.
“At the time when we came to America, I wasn’t even sure what engineers did,” Mr. Akulov said in an interview.
When the family arrived in New York in 1998, Mr. Akulov’s parents both found work at a Russian-owned laundromat in the Bronx where they were paid less than minimum wage. His father made extra money delivering newspapers.
“I don’t know how they could take it psychologically,” he told the class. “That’s crazy sacrifice.” Mr. Akulov’s mother now works as an accountant for theY.M.C.A., and his father is a clinical researcher at a nonprofit AIDS research organization.
Here's a link to the full article. You can also find an audio excerpt from Alex's oral history presentation on their site.