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segments from on March 2011 interview by Marissa Soriano with Meegan Rivera,
who is a college instructor and an immigrant from the Philippines.
Table of Contents:
1. First time arriving in the U.S.
First time arriving the U.S (0:52 - 2:14)
Coming to the U.S with her father when she was just three years.
Life in the U.S (2:15 – 4:01)
-When she reached elementary Ms. Rivera stopped talking in
tagalog and adapted the American way which is to speak
fluently in English.
Diverse hands but symbolize the life of immigrants coming to the U.S.
School Life experiences (4:02-6:05)
-Ms. Rivera describe the experiences she had during her High school and college life which was typically normal..
Local office of Quezon City
Learn the Filipino culture if given a chance again (6:06-10:00)
-Ms. Rivera would want to learn and read more about the History of the Philippines and people may often forget
where they came from but Ms. Rivera show no disinterest about learning the culture once again.
Old Manila, with parts of Quezon City
How she got a job after college (10:02-11:05)
-Ms. Rivera says, “my life is very American” Ms. Rivera also mentions about getting her job from hardship and
Social networking is how she landing a job.
The plaza in old Manila, and parts of Quezon City
Differences between American and Filipino Americans (11:06-13:06)
-Ms. Rivera was truly right about her siblings because her siblings were raise here and her learning the value of
the filipino culture compared to her siblings no clue about the culture.Differences between them is the
same as Americans and Filipino Americans.
A happy Family with maybe some differences of culture.
Learning the differences
between her families side (13:07-16:16)
- she describes the opportunities she had than her parents because she has graduated from college,
and that long before life was not the same. But hardship is still there.
Old house in the Philippines some of these houses are still standing but in preserve for artifacts
“The American Dream” (19:03-23:02)
-Ms. Rivera says, “ I lucky because I have both the best world
that the American system have created have a job, but is happy that her family still have the Filipino values
that help her no matter what happens.
Tank during the Japanese war that took place in parts of Manila, Quezon City.
Comparison of Life in Las Vegas and Daly City (23:03-24:00)
- She first moved to Las Vegas but moved to Daly City.
Her parents likes the life style and the stability of work.
Las Vegas and Parts of San Francisco Apartments
More about her life (24:01-29:00)
- Ms. Rivera have me an answer that really stand out during the interview which was, “we are in an interesting place..
Filipinos have American mixed and its values us what helps Filipino immigrants surpass life in the U.S and most
Importantly we Filipinos are very adaptive where ever we go…People should also be aware about the history…”
More interesting stories of my interviewees about her life
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last revised: 5-11-11
by Eric Brenner, Skyline College, San Bruno, CA
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