First Person Immigrant Stories

Kathryn Dyer

Kathryn Dyer, American


Kathryn: Kathryn Dyer.

Interviewer: When did your family first come to America?

Kathryn: My family we can trace it back to they fought in the Revolutionary War. So my grandmother on my dad's side is part Native American. So I could say forever.

Interviewer: How would you then define the word American?

Kathryn: I just think of Americans as accepting and as a place where everybody belongs.

Interviewer: What are some of those traditions that you learned from your family?

Kathryn:  Accepting everyone and embracing all cultures and learning from your history.

Interviewer: How would you embrace other cultures?

Kathryn: Well I did a lot of mentoring for younger kids and my husband and I both, he's Hungarian and he was a refugee during the Hungarian Revolution. So what I actually do more is give my son those traditions.

Interviewer: What's a specific memory that you have with being, that you felt really proud to be in American?

Kathryn: Again it would probably be mentoring kids with all different backgrounds. The fact that anyone can do anything. My parents were just what you would consider like your typical middle-class family working for everything they had and I would say just pride of family and pride of being able to help other people so probably that.

Interviewer: How would you define the word immigrant?

Kathryn: I think we're all immigrants. So, you know, that's a tough one because I don't necessarily even ever consider that because I feel like in at some point all of us in America are immigrants. So, I guess I would define it as everyone here.

Interviewer: I think we are okay thank you so much.