StoryCorps: Carol Rauschenberger & Aloun Khotisene

Aloun Khotisene was born in Laos, and escaped with his family at the age of 7. He lived in a refugee camp in Thailand before moving to France, and later to Elgin, Illinois. Carol Rauschenberger was raised in Elgin but only recently returned to Elgin to live. She has adopted two children from Cambodia.  Both discussed the immigrant experience from their different perspectives. Aloun emphasized the need for 3rd and 4th generation immigrants to be grateful for opportunities available to them in the United States; they are often unaware of how lucky they are. Carol describes immigrants as the most resilient citizens of the United States and dislikes hearing talk of preventing immigration because the United States is a country of immigrants. Their Story was recorded on July 22, 2010 in Elgin, IL.

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