Sharing Their Stories
Through her website, Cameroon native Pamela Anchang tells about immigrants who are succeeding in America.
At a recent cocktail mixer for minority business owners at a hotel in Santa Ana, all action seemed to swirl around Pamela Anchang.
Striking in a gray floral dress and a chunky beaded necklace from Cameroon, the Central African nation she came from 20 years ago, Anchang exchanged warm greetings with Radi Miranda, an Orange County insurance salesman who was born in the Philippines, and Sanja Dalal, a tech chief executive born in India. She embraced Mohammed Islam, an accountant from Bangladesh, and kissed the cheek of Kim Yen Huynh, a retired banker from Vietnam.
As editor of The Immigrant Magazine, a Southern California-based news and features website that bills itself as “the voice of immigrants in America,” Anchang has made friends across the diverse spectrum of immigrant communities in the Los Angeles area.
Her goal is to tell the unfiltered stories of those who came here from afar, and to interpret their shared experience.
On any given day Anchang might be found at a Polish film festival, a Cinco de Mayo party or a traditional Hindu celebration at an Indian temple in Norwalk. She might be working from her home office in Rancho Cucamonga, writing about influential immigrants such as the Persian American mayor of Beverly Hills or filming an interview with a French actress or a Nigerian gospel singer for her new Web series.