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If your life was a story what would be its title.?

“Pause.”

If your life was a story what would be its title.? “Pause.”                I feel I never really have time to stop and think about what’s happening in my life or take time for myself. I think I need that reminder.

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"'...you didn’t really belong with them or with the Mexicans. You didn’t fit with them because they had different customs. You were just kind of in-between."

If your life was a story, what would be its title? My Life as a Chicana.  I was born here in Goshen, raised here in Goshen. When I started here it was just difficult because there weren’t so many Hispanics. I was born in 1981. What would be the chapters of that story? I had to be in first grade two years because I didn’t know enough English. My parents, all they spoke was Spanish. So, that was first grade (the first chapter). Then I remember finally in sixth grade a lot of Hispanics came then to the U.S. That […]

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What advice would you give a whole bunch of people?

"Try to find connections with other people. That can lead to so many things.

And you don’t need to fill any moment of space with something else."

What was the happiest moment of your life? The one that comes to mind is biking to the most remote location I know and wandering around through the woods on this big hill and finding this dock picnic table with a boat hitch. Sitting there in what felt like the middle of nowhere even though I really wasn’t. There was a little stream and a little marsh. I felt independent because I discovered a place I had never heard about. That was the summer I was working through feelings of leaving high school and going to college. I was glad […]

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Which stories do you choose not to tell?

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What makes you happy?

"Talking to my dad."

What makes you happy? Talking to my dad. What do you talk about? I Just ask how he is and  about his work.  

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"When I’m here I feel like kind of an outsider, but when I go back to Mexico I become an outsider again. I’m neither from here nor there; where do I belong?"

When Edgar was 11 months old, his family moved from Mexico to California. After five years they moved back to Mexico. After five more years they packed up again. This time they moved to North Manchester. There Edgar began to learn English in 7th grade.  I remember going to middle school crying because I felt deaf and mute. There was no English support program for immigrants. I learned my English in eight months because I was immersed in the culture and exposed to the language. We were living in a trailer and didn’t have cable or radio. I came in […]

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"In my nation we have a famous poet who said something like, 'Learn something new, but don’t forget your roots.'"

July 15, 2013– I met Andrew, a friend of our Ukrainian translator and another interviewee in a home off of Kercher Road. He moved to the U.S. a year and six months before this interview.  Could you tell me a bit about yourself? I was born in Ukraine. It’s a little country in central Europe. I was born in a little town, Rivne town, in 1979. I have a mother, father and one brother, a little brother. After middle school I studied at national university. After national university I studied at a Bible college. After Bible college I started work. […]

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What’s the best advice you’ve ever been given?

"Never trust a man in a big white van."

What’s the best advice you’ve ever been given? Never trust a man in a big white van. If you could give a bunch of people advice what would you say? Never trust a man in a big white van. If your life was a story what would be its title? My Life. What is the chapter you’re in right now? Teenager. What was the happiest moment of your life? When my basketball team was undefeated. What was the saddest moment of your life? This year, when my basketball team didn’t win a game.  

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What is the best advice you have been given?

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What was the happiest moment of your life?

"I kissed a girl today. That’s not one of the happiest, happiest moments of my life. I got these new shoes."

If your life was a story what would be its title? Big Life Why? Because I have a big life. I do a lot things. I’m athletic. A lot of weird things, sad things, mean things, of drama. Like what? Like arguments with girls. But, I deal with it. What was the happiest moment of your life? I kissed a girl today. That’s not one of the happiest, happiest moments of my life. I got these new shoes. What’s the best advice you’ve ever been given? Conversate. With girls. If you could give advice to a bunch of people what […]

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