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.
9. Gender Roles
13. Retirement Plans
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.
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.
We talked about how her parents disciplined and raised her, and if she instills the same rules to her current children.
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.
She had relatives who were already her in the United States that helped her family out, showing them around and getting them settled.
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.
Throughout her school life she, especially in high school there were no Filipino Clubs that she could of joined.
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.
Her grandfather arrived in the 1920s as a farmer in Gilroy, CA. He lived there until his death.
Stories she heard through her father, and what she remembers of him.
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
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