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

 You Can’t Take the Islands Away From the Boy:

An Interview with Elpidio Piros

Click here to read to read the research essay, “Espiritu Vs. My Dad”, by Emerson Piros

Click on the links below to hear audio segments from an April 2009 interview by Emerson Piros with Elpidio Piros, who for forty years has lived in the states.

 

 

Table of Contents:
1. Born and Raised
2. Life On Maui

3. Having Friends and Getting a Job

4. Working being a Filipino

5. The Only Problem

6. Values and Advice

7. Coming to California

8. Advice, Home and Closing Words

 

 Elpidio Piros

 

 

 

 

 

 

Segment 1
Born and Raised
(0:04:30)
My father talking about where he was born in the Philippines and who were in his immediate family. He also talks about why they were bound to move out of the Philippines.

 

 

 

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Segment 2
Life on Maui
(0:05:04)
My father talking about life on Maui and why his family chose to move there. He talks about his schooling and his challenges in school.

 

 

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Segment 3
Having Friends and Getting a Job
(0:04:46)
My father talking about diversity in his friendships but most of them being Filipinos. He also talks about growing up with different cultures and then talking about his jobs. He mentions how he was just a worker not a Filipino.

 

 

    

 

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Segment 4
Working being a Filipino
(0:12:01)
My father talking about his job experiences. 

 

 

 

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Segment 5
The Only Problem
(0:05:37)
My father talking about his only problem, which didn’t seem like a real problem

 

 

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Segment 6
Values and Advice
(0:03:53)
My father talking about raising my sister and I about values.

 

 

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Segment 7
Coming to California
(0:07:41)
My father talking about what it was like coming to California.  

 

 

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Segment 8
Advice, Home and Closing Words
(0:09:02)
My father giving advice about “us” and talks about where home is for him.

 

 

 

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last revised: 4-28-09
by Eric Brenner, Skyline College, San Bruno, CA
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