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

 

 

The Land of Promise: Nicholas C. Macawile

By: Rey Macawile

Click on 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 1940s.

 

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The slums of Manila, Philippines

 

Table of Contents:


1. Early Life


2. Plans For Future

 

3. New Life In America

 

4. Maintaining Filipino Customs

 

5. Life In Philippines VS Life In America

 

6. Military Life

 

7. Looking Back

 

 

Segment 1
Early Life (
1:02)
Illustrates early life, being born in America, and moving back to the Philippines as a child in the 1950s.

 

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Manila, Philippines

 

 

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Segment 2
Plans For Future
(2:02)
Ambitions, and goals as a Filipino American returning to America.

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San Francisco, California



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Segment 3
New Life In America
(2:02)
Life back in America, after return from Philippines.

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Serving in the United States Navy

 


 

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Segment 4
Maintaining Filipino Customs
(2:06)
Transition from traditional Filipino life into American way

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Life back in San Francisco in the 1950s

 

 



 

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Segment 5
Life In Philippines VS Life In America
(1:57)
Comparing and contrasting new life in America, to old life in Philippines.

 

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Hard at work: American President Lines

 

 



 

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Segment 6
Military Life
(3:57)
Tenure with United States Navy with only a 6th grade education and limited English speaking, reading, and writing skills.

 

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United States Korean War

 

 

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Segment 7
Looking Back
(2:29)
Reflecting on decision to leave Philippines and return to America.

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Home Sweet Home: Daly City, California

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Image sources:


Manila Slums: http://brommel.blogspot.com/2007/08/living-along-manilas-train-tracks.html

San Francisco: http://images.beijing-2008.org/20070415/Img214036364.jpg

Manila: http://seminars.torontoghosts.org/blog/media/blogs/new/manila.jpg

US Navy: http://www.grahamowen.com/images8/B-Ships.jpg

APL Ship: http://www.shipfoto.co.uk/images/2003%20Photos/APL-Hong-Kong-5-Jan-2003.jpg  

Daly City: http://mocoloco.com/art/upload/2008/04/flamingo_fever/brouws_hyacinth.jpg

 

 

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last revised: 6-2-08
by Eric Brenner, Skyline College, San Bruno, CA
These materials may be used for educational purposes if you inform and credit the author and cite the source as: North San Mateo County Oral History Archives, Skyline College Library. All commercial rights are reserved. To contact the coordinator, or send comments or suggestions, email: Eric Brenner at brenner@smccdedu