Latino: Becoming Minnesotan

Story Title Narrator Community Tags
Guatemala: A lot of great traditions. Emiliano Chagil Latino Ceremonies & Rituals, Religion, Life in the Old Country, Traditions & Values
I had a really wonderful, fun childhood. Susana de León Latino Family, Food, Youth Experiences, Life in the Old Country, Traditions & Values
I was fourteen when my husband asked me to marry him. Anna Amaya Latino Marriage, Youth Experiences, Life in the Old Country, Traditions & Values
To go to the hospital we had to be really, really sick. Anna Amaya Latino Economics, New Immigrant Experiences, Life in the Old Country, Traditions & Values
We had to speak two languages growing up. Emiliano Chagil Latino Language, Work, Class & Work, Life in the Old Country
Ninety percent of the Mayan people, the indigenous people, were poor people. Emiliano Chagil Latino Economics, Oppression, Class & Work, Life in the Old Country
There was never enough of anything, especially food. Reginaldo Haslett-Marroquin Latino Economics, Food, War, Class & Work, Life in the Old Country
I grew up learning the trade as an upholsterer. Ramón León Latino Work, Class & Work, Life in the Old Country
It was beautiful – it was hard. Susana de León Latino Economics, Family, Youth Experiences, Class & Work, Life in the Old Country
I saw many friends, many colleagues disappear. Emiliano Chagil Latino Oppression, War, Life in the Old Country, Politics & Government
We were called communists. José H. Trejo Latino Economics, Oppression, Life in the Old Country, Politics & Government
The government started to kill people. Mario Duarte Latino Oppression, War, Work, Life in the Old Country, Politics & Government
It was a permanent state of fear. Reginaldo Haslett-Marroquin Latino Oppression, War, Life in the Old Country, Politics & Government
I got a visa and I thought I would come up here for one year. Emiliano Chagil Latino Escape, Travel to U.S., War, Coming to America, Push & Pull Factors
I had expected one thing and came into another one. José H. Trejo Latino Economics, Travel to U.S., Work, Coming to America, Push & Pull Factors
We landed in Willmar, and that’s where we stayed. Lourdez Ortega Schwab Latino Economics, Travel to U.S., Work, Coming to America, Push & Pull Factors
My father fell in love with this land. Martha Castaňon Latino Family, Work, Coming to America, Push & Pull Factors
My parents hired a truck driver to bring us up. José H. Trejo Latino New Immigrant Experiences, Travel to U.S., Coming to America, The Journey
When Reagan did the amnesty, I felt a big sense of relief. Lourdez Ortega Schwab Latino Citizenship, Immigration Policy, Coming to America, The Journey
It’s a sad experience when you cannot live in your own country. Mario Duarte Latino Travel to U.S., War, Coming to America, The Journey
It was the coldest day of my life. Susana de León Latino Culture Clash, New Immigrant Experiences, Travel to U.S., Coming to America, The Journey
It’s very rare that we talk in Spanish. Anna Amaya Latino Assimilation, Becoming Americans, Education, Language
There were very, very few Hispanics going to school. Martha Castaňon Latino Assimilation, Becoming Americans, Education, Identity, Youth Experiences
I call myself a Minnesota Norteňa. Martha Castaňon Latino Assimilation, Becoming Americans, Gender Roles, Identity
My English was absolutely zero. Reginaldo Haslett-Marroquin Latino Assimilation, Becoming Americans, Culture Clash, Education, Language, New Immigrant Experiences
I noticed the need for Latino ministers also in this country. J. Pablo Obregon Latino Becoming Americans, Language, Religion, Travel to U.S., Opportunities in America
Education has to be a top priority. Emiliano Chagil Latino Becoming Americans, Economics, Education, Opportunities in America
I would like to see more people involved in the political area. Mario Duarte Latino Becoming Americans, Civic Engagement, Education, Politics, Opportunities in America
The schools here were free. Martha Castaňon Latino Becoming Americans, Economics, Education, Opportunities in America
The whole story behind refugees is that they’re running for their lives. Emiliano Chagil Latino Becoming Americans, Culture Clash, Immigration Policy, Politics, Problems in America
I knew he wasn’t coming to tell me ‘Happy Easter’. José H. Trejo Latino Becoming Americans, Culture Clash, Language, Youth Experiences, Problems in America
I was not given the interscholastic exams. José H. Trejo Latino Becoming Americans, Discrimination, Education, Youth Experiences, Problems in America
Sometimes we blame on anything our own inability to solve our own problems. Ramón León Latino Becoming Americans, Civic Engagement, Language, Work, Problems in America
You should always be proud of who you are, where you came from. Martha Castaňon Latino Ethnic Festivals, Family, Language, Cultural Preservation, We Are Here
A couple of my cousins in Mexico are on Facebook, so we’ve been able to keep contact. Martha Castaňon Latino Family, Ties to Homeland, Cultural Preservation, We Are Here
It’s hard for them to understand the hardships, the poverty. Emiliano Chagil Latino Economics, Generation Gap, Ties to Homeland, Cultural Preservation, We Are Here
We do quinceañeras - that’s something that we carry down. Anna Amaya Latino Ceremonies & Rituals, Ethnic Festivals, Ties to Homeland, Cultural Preservation, We Are Here
This really changed the attitude of a lot of Latinos about the system. José H. Trejo Latino Civic Engagement, Discrimination, Education, Language, Contributions, We Are Here
Educating new immigrants in the banking system. Lourdez Ortega Schwab Latino Civic Engagement, Culture Clash, Work, Contributions, We Are Here
La Prensa: Pioneering Latino newspaper. Mario Duarte Latino Civic Engagement, Community, Work, Contributions, We Are Here
I said, ‘President Carter, I need to talk to you about human rights in Latin America.’ José H. Trejo Latino Civic Engagement, Politics, Contributions, We Are Here
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