Click on the links below to hear audio segments from an October 2005 interview by Doyle Velasco with Marlene
who was a nurse in the Philippines, and when she got to America, she struggled to find a job, but eventually got her American life together.
A Young Nurse in the
Born in the Philippines (1 min. 6 sec., 195 KB)
Education, Arriving to the U.S., and Looking for a Job (3 min. 12 sec., 562 KB)
Marlene’s educational background, becoming a nurse, and talking about how she struggled to find a job.
Working Hard on a Leg
Living in America (37 sec., 109 KB)
Marlene talks about how it is different living in the Untied States and in the
Living in Two Different Worlds
Paying for College and Her Parents (3 min. 40 sec., 646 KB)
Marlene’s father pays for her college tuition while she is in the
Kidney Disease (3 min. 17 sec., 580 KB)
Marlene talks about her kidney problems and how hard it is to go to work five days a week, raise her three sons, and live with her kidney disease all at once.
Advice for the Youth and What She Owns (1 min. 15 sec., 222 KB)
Marlene gives advice to young Filipino Americans trying to figure out what they want to do with their future and says that she works hard for her BMW.
Work Hard and You Can Also Own a BMW
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last revised: 12-21-05
by Eric Brenner, Skyline College, San Bruno, CA
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