Family stories pass down and so do culture norms. For many natives who live in their homelands for a lifetime, it seems common to take this tradition for granted when storytelling as an intrinsic channel for family narratives become inherited from one generation to another. In the eyes of immigrants, there is always another layer added to their tones of such a storytelling where the sense of home chronically haunts their memories. Their consciousness travels back and forth from the past to present, navigating the unity of a peaceful mind and their earned identities. For those who escape their mother lands in pursuit of survival in another site inevitably have one more dimension in their narratives — exile and return.

Keyword: ethnography, personal experience narrative, Latvian American memory