Project of the North San Mateo County Oral History Archives, Skyline College Library
Student project for LSCI 110 - Digital Oral Research Project, Skyline College


“Destination to United States: Emeline Morino

Click here to read the research essay “Living the Navy Life”, by Mae Dela Cruz

Click on the links below to hear audio segments from an
October 2004 interview by Mae Dela Cruz with her cousin, Emeline Morino, while they talk about adjusting to the American life.


After settling in the United States for many years, Emeline tries to remember the Philippines by teaching her children the same traditions and values she was taught.


1.      Coming to the United States

2.      Growing up in the Philippines

3.      Parents

4.      Adjusting to the United States

5.      Relatives Helpful

6.      Discrimination

7.      Belonging to Clubs

8.      Teaching Her Children Respect

9.      Gender Roles

10. Grandfather Came in the 1920s

11. Remember About Grandfather

12. The Farms in Gilroy, CA

13.  Retirement Plans


1.      Coming to the United States

Emeline talks about her father being in the Navy, so they came to the United States to seek better opportunities and life.

Emeline (in pink), brother (in green shirt), her mother (in brown), and father (with navy clothing) just arrived to the United States, and are pictured in the Naval Base.


1.      Growing up in the Philippines

What she remembers is her mother being a teacher, while her father was always away because of the Navy.

Emeline’s father was always stationed on board, pictured is her mother, her brother, as well as herself with one of the many ships her father was to leave on.

2.      Parents

We talked about how her parents disciplined and raised her, and if she instills the same rules to her current children.

3.      Adjusting in the United States

       It was a big transition for her family when they arrived in the United States, going from having people do things for them to having to learn how to do things on their own.

4.      Relatives Were Helpful

She had relatives who were already her in the United States that helped her family out, showing them around and getting them settled.

5.      Discrimination

There wasn’t really any discrimination that she experienced when she first arrived, but she felt that not knowing how to speak well in English was a barrier that she felt she had with her peers.

6.      Belonging to Clubs

Throughout her school life she, especially in high school there were no Filipino Clubs that she could of joined.

7.      Teaching Her Children Respect

She was taught to respect her elders and show them a gesture of  “mano po”, which she interprets as appreciating the elderly.

8.      Gender Roles

We go into some detail of differences she sees in how  “gender roles” differentiate between the Philippines and in the United States.

9.       Grandfather Came in the 1920s

      Her grandfather arrived in the 1920s as a farmer in Gilroy, CA. He lived there until his death.

10.  Remember About Grandfather

Stories she heard through her father, and what she remembers of him.

11.  Farms in Gilroy, CA

She talks a little about going to the farms in Gilroy when she was a kid, and what she remembers back then.

12.  Retirement Plans

Her retirement plans are simple and she wishes to do them when her children are all grown up.


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last revised: 1-21-05
by Eric Brenner, Skyline College, San Bruno, CA
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