Her dad carried her away from the hospital without payment, and then her mom permitted her to cook again, moreover she said, “ Getting right back into the saddle” ( Glass Castle 47). Jeanette was not angry at such young age and soon the family had to pack their belongings into bags and “do the skedaddle” as her parents always said. The parents were fleeing from bill collectors. Although Jeanette's father was an alcoholic, he could get work almost anywhere, often in small towns. The family was moving because of these things, she never complained when they did not have enough food. Jeanette always forgave her parents, she understood what they were going through.
The lifestyle changes that came along with the transition from the small island of Ponza to the city of Boston were quite drastic. When they first arrived in America, Anna and Gino lived with Gino’s sister and her husband. Shortly after their arrival, Anna gave birth to her first daughter. Seeing as Anna and Gino did not know any English, it was difficult for them to adjust to the American culture and lifestyle. Fortunately, Gino quickly found a job that had many Italian employees, so he was able to communicate with them without difficulty. Anna, on the other hand, did not have similar luck. In Ponza, most women did not work. Therefore, she did not have any experience or specific skill in addition to speaking only Italian. This made it incredibly difficult for Anna to find work. However, she came across a job as a housekeeper, and did this for several years. In Ponza, employment was much different than it is in America. Fishing and owning small shops were most of what the jobs consisted of on the small island. These jobs did not pay much. In America, Anna and Gino were paid weekly and consistently, which was a huge benefit for them despite the fact that they were not paid very much. This
The interviewer initial contact seems to be a good attempt because the interviewer has warmly welcomed the interviewee. She introduced herself to the interviewee and let him introduce as well. In an addition, she also asked the question like have you done this type of
Or some who guessed that you were African asked if you knew so and so from Kenya or so and so from Zimbabwe because they thought Africa was a country where everyone knew everyone else” (p. 60 l. 16-21). So, when she finally meets a guy who actually is aware of her background and roots, she is impressed. They become a couple and Akunna loves him, but still there are a lot of things she can not get used to and which confuse her. Her relationship to this guy really shows the difference between living in Africa and America. She does simply not understand how he just can take a year of his education to travel, - because an education is a very huge and necessary privilege in Africa, that you just can not take a year of from. Akunna is also very loyal to her parents (frequently she sends them money, even though she does not earn much), so the fact that her boyfriend has a very strange relationship to his parents also confuses her. They also have very different ideas of money, which finds expression in Akunna’s negative reaction of getting presents.
Imagine this, your dad died not long ago, your uncle is living in America and your mother, your younger brother, and you are living alone in Greece during a economic low point. Now that your dad has passed you mother wants you and your brother to move with her to America to be with your uncle. You know since your 16 and your brother is too young to work you will have to help work the restaurant with your uncle. Well, this is not an imagination for the Mehales family. To start their new year, in January Penelope moved her family here to America. Penelope Mehales, the mother of the family, describes the hard ship of coming to the U.S, "Having a 16 year old and a 3 year old made the trip here very stressful... There was only a meal and a half a day." Mehales also explains that the sleeping areas were dirty and packed with passengers. This family is one of the hundreds, even thousands of families on the same ship coming into America hoping for a "better life".
The area that she was living it was to expensive for them to afford the house. She could not afford with only one jobs. That is why she was looking for a second job. It was difficult to find a stable job. The jobs she got didn’t pay enough money.
“My Mother, the Crazy African” is a story about a Nigerian girl named Ralindu, and her struggles to assimilate in America. She moves to Philadelphia and lives there for three years. Her mother has a hard time getting used to America, and this causes a growing rift between her and her daughter. This rift, and how they each subsequently deal, is the main conflict in this story. Ralindu wishes to be more like the typical American; she prefers more American food, has an American nickname Lin, has a more Caucasian group of friends, and refuses to speak her native language of Igbo (Adichie, 53-69). This is a common trend among children who immigrate to the U.S.
A biographical description of who you are (e.g. your family, where you grew up, etc.)
First we started in introducing ourselves to each other. We used informal language to start of just to get confortable with each other. After that during the interview she was very comfortable and I was also comfortable the interviewee helped me with some pronunciation of some words. Starting small talk together just getting to her know more I ask her a little bit about her background and as we relate to the some things. She did most of the talking I tried not to make the questions too brief for her.
I often wondered if my mother would have chosen to immigrate to the United States of America, after repatriating to Holland, to begin a new life from absolutely nothing but the clothes on our backs for the second time, if my parents had stayed together. Was it their divorce that inspired Mom to lead us on our path to prosperity? Eventually I understood that my Mom’s ultimate motivation was her vision of a brighter future for her family, regardless of her marital status. In Holland, Mom could not bare to watch her mother be the sole breadwinner and living off a Dutch government's subsidized income was equally unacceptable. Following Aasje’s death, Evie observed Oma, overcome with grief, lose her spirit, and she aspired for a better life