2018 Apr. 22
Nguyen, Phong P.
Springfield (Mass.) - When he immigrated from Vietnam in his mid 20's, fully acclimating to life in the United States seemed a nearly insurmountable challenge to our interviewee, Phong Nguyen. As he described in detail, the night and day contrast of American and Vietnamese culture made adjustment exceedingly difficult. Nguyen found himself needing to adjust to facets of everyday life from the automatic doors of grocery sto... more
2018 May 4
Amherst (Mass.) - Mao discusses his youth in Cambodia, where he was born in 1964 and raised on a farm, the forced evacuation from his home during the Vietnam War, and his experiences in refugee camps and his separation and reunion with his family. Mao then describes emigrating to Amherst, Mass. in 1982 after a stay in a refugee camp in Thailand, attending Amherst High School, and the University of Massachusetts. Mao co... more
2018 Apr. 20
Springfield (Mass.) - Taran Tiwari is the Executive Director for the Bhutanese Society of Western Massachusetts. Tiwari discusses the historical context that drove Bhutanese refugees out of Bhutan to refugee camps in Nepal, and ultimately to the United States. He describes his own experiences being forced out of Bhutan, serving as a teacher, dean, and principal in Nepal, and moving to Springfield, Massachusetts. He explain... more
2018 Apr. 20
Sunderland (Mass.) - Ofelia Mata was born in Batac Ilocos Norte, Philippines. Now living in the Sunderland, MA she is a full-fledged U.S. citizen. She lives with her husband and four children. As a well-educated woman, she received her bachelor's degree in law before coming to the U.S. The interview discusses her personal experiences and perspectives on her life in the Philippines, immigration to America and assimilation ... more
1945 Mar. 29
Foote, Caleb, 1917-2006
Yes, the Footes are expecting a child, due in May, so he is plying "a fast game of hide and seek with the DA" to stay out of prison for long enough. He has agreed to drop charges of offending "against the peace and dignity of the United States." Has been amazed at the judge in his case, the most liberal in the district, but who doesn't know what he's doing. "'If i wante... more
Burcham, George A.
California - Description of summer camp for boys and girls from migrant families.