From 2015 to 2065, immigrants and their offspring are projected to account for 88 percent of U.S. population growth, according to the nonpartisan Pew Research Center.
According to the most current U.S. Census data, foreign-born people represent not quite 40 percent of Silicon Valley’s population, nearly three times the national rate.
SiliconValleyOneWorld.com is a nonprofit, nonpartisan enterprise. Its mission is to provide high-quality journalism for people worldwide who seek to understand the immigrant experience in one of the most discussed, maligned, misunderstood and sought-after regions of the world.
SV1World seeks to generate cross-cultural insight and understanding. All stories are reported, written and edited based on the Code of Ethics of the Society of Professional Journalists. SV1World seeks to document the San Francisco Bay Area’s demographic changes based on the most-current U.S. Census Bureau research and to show how sterile numbers manifest in real life with stories about Silicon Valley’s foreign-born people and populations.
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 a second-year student in the masters of fine arts nonfiction creative writing program at San José State University. She was the managing editor for the SJSU literary magazine, Reed, for its 150th anniversary edition in 2017-2018. She was awarded The Rico Ressman scholarship by SJSU English Department faculty.
Mai emigrated to San Jose from Vietnam with his family as an eleven-year-old boy. For many years he 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.”