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segments from an April 2005 interview by Rosa Montoya with Ellen Gonzales,
a resident in Daly City that came from the Philippines almost 16 years ago with her husband and newborn child
to live her goals and dreams and have a better life here in America
but discovered that living here was going to be a bit hard because of discrimination especially towards her Filipino accent.
Ellen and her husband Allen
Table of Contents:
8. Leaving home
10. Family locations
11. First Job
17. More English
19. Living now
20. Second Chance
21. Happy now?
Introduction: (92 KB)
Full name, birthday and place of birth
Siblings (62 KB)
Ellen in the middle holding her firstborn and her family
Growing up in the Philippines (183 KB)
Description of her childhood and parents
Goals and dreams (142 KB)
Goals and dreams when growing up
Ellen and her First Born son Jordan
Learning English (63 KB)
How Ellen learned English
Coming to the U.S. (155 KB)
How Ellen came to the
Ellen getting married with her husband Allen in the
Segment 7 (89 KB)
Age when coming to the U.S.
Age when she came to the
Leaving home (220 KB)
How she felt about leaving the
First Arriving (97 KB)
How life was when first arriving
Family locations (178 KB)
Where here family members are now
First Job (152 KB)
Her first job here in the
Job in the Philippines (140 KB)
Her job description in the
A shift in dreams (147 KB)
Goals and dreams changing here in the
Adjusting (278 KB)
Adjusting at work and new surroundings
Struggles (195 KB)
What struggles came about here in the
Discrimination (276 KB)
Dealing with discrimination
More English (112 KB)
Learning more English once you were here
Location when coming (47 KB)
Where did you live when you first arrived in the
Living now (210 KB)
What do you do for a living now
Second Chance (286 KB)
If you could do it all over again would she?
Happy Now? (165 KB)
Found happiness? Do you consider yourself successful??
Ellen and her family @ California adventures in Anaheim.(2005)
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last revised: 12-20-05
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