Esha Kher

Postcard Image for Esha Kher

I support the immigrant community.”

My story starts with my friend Neha Kumar, about her potted Aloe Vera cactus in her dorm.

She shared how this plant makes her room feel more ‘homely’ and is a constant reminder of her mom. Neha’s mom has plants all around her house and she treats them like her little babies. She would walk around the house watering them and talking to them. Her dad is also a fan of gardening and thus for Neha and her family, gardening is a family ritual that helps strengthen their bond. Her parents were both born and raised in India and back home they both had gardens that they maintained.

Her family also tries to play a part in environmental sustainability, and so instead of using planters, they use old recycling bins to plant all their garden veggies. Having been born and raised in India myself,  I connected with Neha through our shared culture and memories of “home.”

 

The Butterfly postcard campaign was developed by the UIC Latino Cultural Center in collaboration with student organizations Fearless Undocumented Alliance and Heritage Garden Student Group that highlights the parallels between the migration of people and Monarch butterflies across national borders.

  • Postcard Image for Jocelyn Munguía Chávez

    Jocelyn Munguía

  • Postcard Image for Eduardo Muñoz Colunga

    Eduardo Muñoz Colunga

  • Postcard Image for Sharanitha Sampath

    Sharanitha Sampath

  • Postcard Image for Ruben Bautista

    Ruben Bautista

  • Postcard Image for Jessica Zhang

    Jessica Zhang

  • Postcard Image for Tammy Lee

    Tammy Lee

  • Postcard Image for Lily Diego-Alvarez

    Lily Diego-Alvarez

  • Postcard Image for Martha Aguila

    Martha Aguila

  • Postcard Image for Rosemarie Dominguez

    Rosemarie Dominguez

  • Postcard Image for Natalie Cruz

    Natalie Cruz

  • Postcard Image for Xavier Burgos

    Xavier Burgos

  • Postcard Image for Julieta Saldana

    Julieta Saldana

  • Postcard Image for Karl Novak

    Karl Novak

  • Postcard Image for Zainab Shirazi

    Zainab Shirazi

  • Postcard Image for Roxana Delgado

    Roxana Delgado

  • Postcard Image for Albert Murphy

    Roxana Delgado

  • Postcard Image for Sarah Hernandez

    Sarah Hernandez

  • Postcard Image for Christian Alfaro

    Christian Alfaro

  • Postcard Image for Lulú Martínez

    Lulú Martínez

  • Postcard Image for Yaxal Nabil Sobrevilla

    Yaxal Nabil Sobrevilla

  • Postcard Image for Ricky Martinez

    Ricky Martinez

  • Postcard Image for Kim Navoa

    Kim Navoa

  • Postcard Image for Victoria McClain

    Victoria McClain

  • Postcard Image for Esha Kher

    Esha Kher

  • Postcard Image for Uriel Sanchez

    Uriel Sanchez

Share a story about Migration & Transformation...

How does it feel when you’ve moved from the neighborhood that was familiar to you or the country where you grew up? What were some of the challenges that you confronted in this new place? What or who helped you adapt to this new place?
  • Story will not submit if 300 word limit is exceeded.

You can also pick up a postcard at the UIC Latino Cultural Center and mail it to someone that can help improve the lives of immigrants.