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Laura Alcorta strives to be a role model for younger generations of women, especially her 6-year-old granddaughter, Mia.
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Throughout her lifetime, Laura Alcorta, a retired educator, has witnessed a shift toward gender equality in the United States. She’s seen women make strides in the workplace and abortion rights gain more protections. Now, in the 2020 election season, she’s worried some of this progress will be erased.

Aaron Garcia, a student at Trinity University in San Antonio, and Kellie Andrews, a school nurse with Ascension Seton, volunteer with the Central Texas Food Bank loading food into cars.
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In one hour, the Central Texas Food Bank served 405 households at its Linder Elementary School distribution site on Thursday.

Volunteers from across the community – including school nurses, a janitor, an assistant vice principal and college students with extended spring breaks – armed themselves with gloves and loaded boxes of food into cars, all while practicing safe social-distancing measures.

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Diana Nguyen left her native Vietnam after her father was threatened with prison for serving in the South Vietnamese army.

She talks about encountering pirates in the Pacific Ocean, seeing snow for the first time and not taking anything for granted.

Ronald Muljadi came to the U.S. with his family at 5 years old.
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Ronald Muljadi is a mortgage broker in Austin. He moved to the U.S. with his parents and sister when he was 5 years old. 

Growing up, he never felt like he got the "full experience" of his Indonesian heritage until he got older.

Ximena Cardoso-Sloane, originally from Ecuador
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Ximena Cardoso-Sloane, a math teacher in Round Rock, never planned to move to the U.S. She left her native Ecuador in 2000 to visit a friend in America — and ended up staying.

"In my heart," she says, "I always was a citizen of the world."

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Monica Caivano came to Austin from Argentina in 1994. She co-founded Esquina Tango, a "mini cultural center" that teaches language and dance in East Austin.

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We're celebrating Immigrant Heritage Month by highlighting people who have moved to Austin from all over the world.


Anna Katrina Davey is originally from Italy, but spent time in Germany and Vietnam before moving to Austin. She owns a company that trains businesspeople to recognize and understand cultural differences with people they do business with in other countries.