Skyline College/North San Mateo County Oral History Archives, Skyline College Library
Student project for LSCI 110 Digital Oral Research Project, Skyline College

 Virgil Rotairo

Click on the links below to hear audio segments from an April 2012 interview by Roy Miles with Virgil Rotairo, who immigrated to the U.S. in 1972 and lived the American dream.

 

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Virgil Rotairo in 2012

 

 

Table of Contents:
Segment 1 Introduction to Virgil
Segment 2 Life in the Philippines

Segment 3 Family in the Philippines

Segment 4 Leaving the Philippines

Segment 5 Work, family and life in America

Segment 6 Memories

Segment 7 Experiencing Racism and struggles

Segment 8 Moving on up

Segment 9 Remembering roots
Segment 10 Regrets?

Segment 11 Closing

 

Segment 1
Introduction to Virgil.
Description: A brief introduction to Virgil.

 

 

 

 

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Segment 2
Life in the Philippines.
Description: Virgil describes his life in the Philippines from birth to age 21.

 


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Segment 3
Family in the Philippines.
Description: In this segment Virgil describes his family in the Philippines.

 

 

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Segment 4
Leaving the Philippines.
Description: In this segment Virgil recalls his decision to leave the Philippines at age 21.

 

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Segment 5
Work, family and life in America.
Description: Virgil shares information about his family and work in America.

 

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Virgil Rotairo (left) with his daughters.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Segment 6
Memories.
Description: Virgil tells of memories he had that have remained important.

 

 

 

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Segment 7
Experiencing racism and struggles.
Description: In this segment Virgil tells of encounters he had with racism and struggles with supporting his family.

 

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Segment 8
Moving on up.
Description: Virgil describes moving up in the world from being a janitor to being the Manager at a Super Market.

 

 

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Segment 9
Remembering roots.
Description: Virgil reflects about his decisions, but also remembers his background.

 

 

 

 

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Segment 10

Regrets?

Description: Virgil answers questions about regrets he might have.

 

 

 

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Segment 11

Closing.

Description: A quick thank you to Virgil for taking the time to be a part of this interview.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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last revised: 5-18-12
by Eric Brenner, Skyline College, San Bruno, CA
These materials may be used for educational purposes.
North San Mateo County Oral History Archives, Skyline College Library.
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Eric Brenner at brenner@smccd.edu