Saturday, August 15, 2015

Immigrant of the Day: Jirayut Latthivongskorn (Thailand), Med Student


Here is a "feel good" story for our readers.  Jirayut Latthivongskorn, now a medical student, left his native country of Thailand at the age of nine with his family to pursue the American dream. “For my parents, moving to America was the best and only choice.” Once they were in America, Latthivongskorn’s parents worked in restaurants to make ends meet and they encouraged him to pursue an education. He graduated from UC Berkeley with a degree in molecular and cell biology.  Latthivongskorn was one of the founders of a nonprofit called Pre-Health Dreamers, which helps other undocumented students who were pursuing a higher education in the medical field. Three and a half years later, Pre-Health Dreamers’ network now consists of 450 undocumented students, one third of them in the Bay Area.


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