Audio Recording "We're willing to work, and we do a lot of things that we wouldn't be willing to do in Peru."
About this Item
- "We're willing to work, and we do a lot of things that we wouldn't be willing to do in Peru."
- Contributor Names
- Castro, Americo (Narrator)
- Carroll, Thomas D. (Interviewer)
- Created / Published
- Subject Headings
- - Emigration and Immigration
- - Insurance agents
- - Oral history
- - Interviews
- - Sound recordings
- - Historic district
- - Peruvian Americans
- - Castro Travel Agency (Paterson, N.J.)
- - Ethnography
- - United States -- New Jersey -- Paterson
- - United States -- New Jersey -- Old Great Falls Historic district
- - Interview with Americo Castro, owner of Castro Travel Agency on Market Street.
- - Summary of audio segment: Do many of the people who come to Paterson come here with work already arranged? AC says No, we come over here without knowing what they're going to do. Come here to work in industry. We're willing to work, and will do a lot of things that we wouldn't be willing to do in Peru. In the 1970s AC was a petty officer first class, in the service, and he used to command a lot of people. He never had to do anything, someone had to do it for him. When AC came over here, he had to sweep, had to do something [anything?]. He'd never in his life imagined that what he was going to do. Before he had been in charge, here he was doing menial jobs -- sweeping, repaired tires for cars. AC didn't send money home because his wife and children were here. They had to work and save money to replace the money they spent to come here from Peru. That was his main goal first, to save the money that he spent to come over here. After 2 years he got the money together, $2500. Both he and his wife worked hard to save that money, then slowed down a little, didn't have to rush anymore. With that money they saved they bought a house. the house cost $17,000, it was a lot of money for AC, but was happy because had a house.
- Digital Audio Tape
- Call Number/Physical Location
- AFC 1995/028: WIP-TDC-A024
- Source Collection
- Working in Paterson Project Collection (AFC 1995/028)
- American Folklife Center
- Digital Id
- Online Format
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Working in Paterson Project collection, 1993-2002 (AFC 1995/028), American Folklife Center, Library of Congress
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Chicago citation style:
Castro, Americo, and Thomas D Carroll. "We're willing to work, and we do a lot of things that we wouldn't be willing to do in Peru.". -09-13, 1994. Audio. https://www.loc.gov/item/afcwip003999/.
APA citation style:
Castro, A. & Carroll, T. D. (1994) "We're willing to work, and we do a lot of things that we wouldn't be willing to do in Peru.". -09-13. [Audio] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/afcwip003999/.
MLA citation style:
Castro, Americo, and Thomas D Carroll. "We're willing to work, and we do a lot of things that we wouldn't be willing to do in Peru.". -09-13, 1994. Audio. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <www.loc.gov/item/afcwip003999/>.