Happiness is Everything: Eleanor Serrano
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audio segments from an April 2005 interview by Jourdan Serrano with Eleanor
who came to
Table of Contents:
1. Introduction to Eleanor Serrano’s Childhood in the Philippines
2. College in the Philippines
Introduction to Eleanor Serrano’s Childhood in the
- (1 min.:25 sec. mp3 file)
Eleanor speaks about how her and her family’s living situations were like in the
College in the Philippines - (43 sec. mp3 file)
College was not all fun and studying for Eleanor. The government took over the
Eleanor is on the far left taking a picture with one of her
instructors and her classmates.
Martial Law and Riots - (1 min.:03 sec. mp3 file)
Eleanor explains what martial law is and what she witnessed and experienced at that time.
The Big Move to America - (33 sec. mp3 file)
Eleanor explains why she moved to
Coming to America, but with whom? - (18 sec. mp3 file)
It was easy for Eleanor to come to
Roberto Serrano and Jourdan Serrano.
to America’s Culture and Society - (2 min.:23 sec. mp3 file)
Eleanor experienced prejudice and racism mainly at work. Even by other co-workers who were Filipino as well.
At work in
Financial Problems Living in America - (51 sec. mp3 file)
Even if Eleanor had the opportunity to move to
Eleanor with her brothers, sisters and cousin.
Living with the In-Laws – (29 sec. mp3 file)
Eleanor and Roberto did not have their own house right away, so they were living with Roberto’s mother and father and brothers and sisters.
Eleanor’s father in-law with her daughter at the house her
and her family were living in when first coming to
Hardships Still Equals Happiness - (2 min.:55
sec mp3 file)
Even if Eleanor still has hardships today trying to provide for her and her family, she is still happy that she came to
Roberto and Eleanor Serrano
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last revised: 12-20-05
by Eric Brenner, Skyline College, San Bruno, CA
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