Audio Recording "The only thing that I feel good about is that I made it; I feel proud that that was my goal, and I did it."

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Title
"The only thing that I feel good about is that I made it; I feel proud that that was my goal, and I did it."
Contributor Names
Garcia, Luz (Narrator)
Carroll, Thomas D. (Interviewer)
Created / Published
1994-09-14
Subject Headings
-  Beauty Shops
-  Oral history
-  Interviews
-  Sound recordings
-  21st Avenue (Paterson, N. J.)
-  Mari's Hair People (Paterson, N.J.)
-  Ethnography
-  United States -- New Jersey -- Paterson
Genre
Ethnography
Interviews
Notes
-  Interview with Luz Garcia, owner of Mari's Hair People.
-  Summary of audio segment: Hairdressers work for one shop only, and when they leave they take the clientele with them. Headaches when owning, have to make sure the place is clean, make sure hairdressers have their licenses, etc. It's like running a house. Have to go shopping, buy products, keep place clean, take care of customers. You have a lot of responsibility on your shoulders. It's like running a house. What are some of the good things about it, being an owner as opposed to a worker? LG says was such a good worker, she enjoyed both. But feels good that she made it, feels proud that she did it! Learned a trade, to get ahead in life. Had a goal, reached that goal, and feels good about it. Wasn't a person who stayed in a factory. Came from a background that wasn't rich, wasn't poor, and parents provided what they could. And parents told her to work, so LG would never be on food stamps, welfare, unless she becomes ill. Mother and grandparents: Grandmother was a housewife. But LG has seen it in this country, what you learn at home, that's how you become in life. If they teach you that you have to work to survive, that's the way you're going to be. Cause LG has seen people that came to this country and are on welfare, and it's been like three decades, three generations. To LG, it's like a hole that you can never can get out of it. The thing that really made her feel good about the business is that it was her goal and she did it, she survived. And worked for that goal and got it.
Medium
Digital Audio Tape
Call Number/Physical Location
AFC 1995/028: WIP-TDC-A025
Source Collection
Working in Paterson Project Collection (AFC 1995/028)
Repository
American Folklife Center
Digital Id
http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.afc/afcwip.tca02507
Language
English
Online Format
audio

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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:

Garcia, Luz, and Thomas D Carroll. "The only thing that I feel good about is that I made it; I feel proud that that was my goal, and I did it.". -09-14, 1994. Audio. https://www.loc.gov/item/afcwip004008/.

APA citation style:

Garcia, L. & Carroll, T. D. (1994) "The only thing that I feel good about is that I made it; I feel proud that that was my goal, and I did it.". -09-14. [Audio] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/afcwip004008/.

MLA citation style:

Garcia, Luz, and Thomas D Carroll. "The only thing that I feel good about is that I made it; I feel proud that that was my goal, and I did it.". -09-14, 1994. Audio. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <www.loc.gov/item/afcwip004008/>.