BuzzFeed News

Reporting To You

I Followed My Uncle’s Legend To Italy, And Found A New Way Forward

My great-uncle Tomas Concepcion was a legend in our family — a famed artist and politician living in a hilltop castle on the Mediterranean. When I was 20 I visited him in Italy, looking to understand how he got there, why he stayed, and what it means to be an immigrant who leaves home with hopes of building something permanent.