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.
Introduction to Virgil.
Description: A brief introduction to Virgil.
Life in the Philippines.
Description: Virgil describes his life in the Philippines from birth to age 21.
Family in the Philippines.
Description: In this segment Virgil describes his family in the Philippines.
Leaving the Philippines.
Description: In this segment Virgil recalls his decision to leave the Philippines at age 21.
Work, family and life in America.
Description: Virgil shares information about his family and work in America.
(left) with his daughters.
Description: Virgil tells of memories he had that have remained important.
Experiencing racism and struggles.
Description: In this segment Virgil tells of encounters he had with racism and struggles with supporting his family.
Moving on up.
Description: Virgil describes moving up in the world from being a janitor to being the Manager at a Super Market.
Description: Virgil reflects about his decisions, but also remembers his background.
Description: Virgil answers questions about regrets he might have.
Description: A quick thank you to Virgil for taking the time to be a part of this interview.
last revised: 5-18-12
by Eric Brenner, Skyline College, San Bruno, CA
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