Kian Shafé came to the United States in 1955 on a student visa from Tehran, Iran. The youngest of four children, he grew up with the nickname Kiki and came to study in the U.S. after political shifts interrupted his education in Iran. While studying to receive his Bachelors of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Missouri – Columbia, he met Judith J. Homan. A few years later, her name became Judith J. Shafé and even though Kian completed his B.S. in three years, he was a bachelor no more.
“You go to California and you see all those workers out there. You don’t see a single American, white young man working that field. There is no reason we can’t let the immigrants come and work.”
In the video above, Kian and members of his family share their thoughts on immigration.