Tracing the Hands of Time: Peregrina Vedad
Click on the links below to hear audio segments from a November 2005 interview by Daniel Sumbang with
Peregrina Vedad who reconnects with her life before, during, and after World War II.
Peregrina Benusa Vedad, shown here in 1995.
11. Marriage Life
13. Devastating Fire
16. After the Barrio
Peregrina introduces herself and talks a little about her current life.
My Lola and I
Childhood (631 KB)
Peregrina talks about her early childhood and growing up in a privilege environment.
Beginning of World War II (379 KB)
Peregrina talks about how
word spread about the war occurring and flees to the mountains with her family.
Life during the War (736 KB)
Peregrina describes the environment she now calls home and recalls all of her fond memories during the war.
Peregrina (middle left), her husband Prospero, with a couple of friends.
Closeness with Family (447 KB)
Peregrina develops a close relationship with her sister and family during their time at war.
Peregrina (left) and
her older sister
Aftermath of War (790 KB)
Peregrina talks about the moment she steps back into the city and described her surroundings.
A Continued Education (365 kB)
Peregrina recalls stories about her going to school and continuing her education.
“For Fun and Punishment” (939 KB)
Peregrina remembers stories from her childhood and the antics she would get into as a teenager.
Meeting the Love of her Life (1.8 MB)
Peregrina recalls meeting the man that would become her husband and tells stories about her getting to know him.
Peregrina and Prospero
First Year in College (667 KB)
Peregrina’s first time in college is a
struggle but she manages to work and study hard.
Marriage Life (746 MB)
Peregrina recalls her earlier marriage
life and the happiness and joy it brought to her.
Struggles in Early Marriage (2.3 MB)
Like most marriages, Peregrina had her
ups and downs even remembering a time her and her husband first moved out of
her parent’s house.
Peregrina (far right, second row) at a family gathering in 1972
Devastating Fire (390 KB)
A huge fire broke loose in the city of
Losing her Parents (1.3 MB)
Peregrina remembers her parents and
the memories she had with them. This tragic
portion of the interview, Peregrina recalls the last moments of each of her
parents before they went away.
Her Parents’ Love (344 KB)
Peregrina realizes the true meaning of
what her parents always wanted her to know and she faces the truth of her
parents love for her.
After the Barrio (874 KB)
Once living in a small neighborhood,
Peregrina moves her family back to the city and begins a brand new chapter in
Coming to America (2.5 MB)
After getting word that her daughter
was petitioning her to
Peregrina before she leaves to
Peregrina, Prospero and Me, Christmas 1988
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last revised: 12-20-05
by Eric Brenner, Skyline College, San Bruno, CA
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