Wei-Jen Chua Yankelevich, is at the cutting edge of her field, working toward a cure for HIV. However, she is struggling to get a worker’s visa upon graduation. Yankelevich, a recent graduate from the McDonnell International Scholars Academy, is featured in “Homeland: Immigration in America,” a three-hour PBS documentary series that explores one of the most polarizing issues facing America today.
The documentary presents the story of new immigrants who find themselves walking a fine line between access to and expulsion from the American dream. It’s also a story of American citizens who wonder if legal and illegal immigrants threaten their way of life. Homeland reveals the complex economic, political, personal and cultural dilemmas that are often portrayed as simple choices of right or wrong, legal or illegal. Immigration is not just a short-term border state issue; it is a national and local issue with long-term consequences for communities and the nation as a whole.
The three hours of the documentary focus on three different topics: refugees, enforcement and jobs. Yankelevich’s story is featured in the jobs hour of “Homeland: Immigration in America.” To watch the entire documentary, visit the PBS website. For an update on Wei-Jen Chua Yankelevich’s story now, read the St. Louis Beacon’s article.