Audio Recordings "The United States is my permanent land."

Format Audio Recordings
Contributors Carroll, Thomas D.
Granata, Giovanni "John"
Dates 1994
Location New Jersey
United States
Language English
Subjects 21st Avenue (Paterson, N. J.)
Granata Financial Service (Paterson, N.J.)
Italian Americans
Oral History
Sound Recordings
"The United States is my permanent land."
Contributor Names
Granata, Giovanni "John" (Narrator)
Carroll, Thomas D. (Interviewer)
Created / Published
Subject Headings
-  Italian Americans
-  Oral history
-  Interviews
-  Sound recordings
-  Employees
-  21st Avenue (Paterson, N. J.)
-  Granata Financial Service (Paterson, N.J.)
-  Ethnography
-  United States -- New Jersey -- Paterson
-  Interview with John Granata, owner, Granata Financial Service.
-  Summary of audio segment: [TC asks about staff. What is JG's title? JG says we're all the same; no titles. JG names the other personnel] Attil is Columbian, from this neighborhood; JG's wife is Sicilian; Josephine is Sicilian (his wife's sister); JG is Italian-Venezuelan [TC's designation; JG agrees]. TC asks what is JG's main sense ofidentity? JG says it's very hard; he was born in Caracas, and has attachment to place, to the land. Italy is his adopted land; mother and father are from there, JG lived there 4 years. And the US is "my permanent land", so he doesn't try to create boundaries, he tries to make everybody happy. But it's very hard to choose. Sometimes "they" try to make him choose, but he has his"Hispanic roots" -- was born there and grew up there for 16 years. So if had to choose, is Venezuelan. Only spent 4 years in Italy, so he doesn't have that big base; "My big base is from Venezuela. So far." TC asks whether that helps. JG says yes, because he speaks the language.
Digital Audio Tape
Call Number
AFC 1995/028: WIP-TDC-A001
Source Collection
Working in Paterson Project Collection (AFC 1995/028)
American Folklife Center
Digital Id

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