Click here to read to read the research essay, “One Decade”, by Ka Hou Man, Zak.
Click on the links below to hear audio segments from an April 2007 interview by Zak with Lea, who is my classmate in my architecture class 21, basic design.
Zak and Lea
I knew Lea from one of my
architecture class in City College of San Francisco.
She is one of the best students in the studio and her works and ideas are very stand out.
1. Time and place of arriving to the United States
2. Beginning of new life
The first image of
Beginning of new life
Home sick and the impacts brought to Lea under the new environment.
Assimilate into the new world
Assimilate into the new environment by making new friends. Another way for looking at the world.
Friends of Lea
Wills of going back
Once she assimilated into the new environment she did not want to go back anymore. She believe she can make her dreams come true in the
Start of school as well as working part time
In order to earn a living, she had to work part time as well as attending college to achieve an AA degree. For more, she wanted to be an architect, to build something that represents her, as well as her country.
Difficulties that Lea overcame after coming to the
I am not alone
Being a Filipino immigrant
Being a Filipino immigrant, she found there is no difficulties to be part of other ethnic groups.
Talking about her dream and goal
Her dream is to be a successful architect and she decided this goal by herself but not her parents. She will be transferring to a 4-years university next year and her dream school is
Way to my dream
She is still practicing her religious ceremony and she did not change her religion before or after coming to the
Ten years of experience made her become stronger, she is more mature and more responsibility. She felt no regrets for these ten years of new life in the
My best friend
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