Immigrants and their children will account for all U.S. population growth in the next 45 years, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. People born outside the United States and their offspring already constitute Silicon Valley’s and the Bay Area’s most significant source of population growth. 

Mural in central San Jose

Mural in central San Jose (Photo by Jesus Nava Jr.) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan enterprise whose mission is to provide high-quality journalism for immigrants living in the Bay Area and for people worldwide who seek to understand the immigrant experience of the region. All stories are reported, written and edited based on the Code of Ethics of the Society of Professional Journalists. Stories seek to document the San Francisco Bay Area’s demographic changes based on the most-current U.S. Census Bureau data and to show how that data manifests in life with stories about foreign-born people and populations. 

SV1World seeks to generate cross-cultural insight and understanding. Our goal is to create a sustainable enterprise for this kind of journalism based on grants and member-readers.

First annual Vietnamese Tet Festival in San Jose, Feb. 28-March 1, 2015

First annual Vietnamese Tet Festival in San Jose, Feb. 28-March 1, 2015. (Photo by Sharon Simonson)

Sharon Simonson is founder and editor in chief of SiliconValleyOneWorld. She has worked as a professional journalist for America’s largest and most reputable newspaper owners including the Hearst Corp., Gannett Co. Inc. and American City Business Journals, owners of the San Francisco Business Times and the Silicon Valley Business Journal. She has lived in and written about the San Francisco Bay Area since 2000, covering business, government, the economy, architecture and land-use, demographics and culture. She is one of 15 people who has been admitted to the master of fine arts non-fiction creative writing program at San Jose State University for the semester that begins in the fall.

Quyen Mai is SV1World‘s business and marketing director with an emphasis on the Vietnamese community. He is the creator of the logo.

West Oakland mural

West Oakland mural. (Photo by Sharon Simonson)

Mai emigrated to San Jose from Vietnam with his family as an 11-year-old boy. Since 2008, he has hosted “EM Radio,” an hour-long program starting at 11 p.m. each weeknight on KVVN AM 1430 in San Jose, “the voice of the Vietnamese.” Em is an honorific title used to address a younger sibling and signifies “youth.”blue-cir (4)