By: Rey Macawile
the links below to hear
audio segments from an April 2008 interview by Rey Macawile
with grandfather Nicolas Macawile, who was an American-born Filipino growing up in the 1940’s.
The slums of Manila, Philippines
1. Early Life
7. Looking Back
Early Life (1:02)
Illustrates early life, being born in
Plans For Future (2:02)
Ambitions, and goals as a Filipino American returning to
San Francisco, California
New Life In America (2:02)
Life back in
Serving in the United States Navy
Maintaining Filipino Customs (2:06)
Transition from traditional Filipino life into American way
Life back in San Francisco in the 1950’s
Life In Philippines VS Life In America (1:57)
Comparing and contrasting new life in
Hard at work: American President Lines
Military Life (3:57)
Tenure with United States Navy with only a 6th grade education and limited English speaking, reading, and writing skills.
United States Korean War
Looking Back (2:29)
Reflecting on decision to leave
Home Sweet Home: Daly City, California
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last revised: 6-2-08
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