Monica Abelo    7–15-03       Audio Log

 

0: 48 -                          I came here on May 4, 1970.  My first home was on 24th St. in Sf.

 

*1:20 -                         I came here because I had relatives who come here in the 1920’s

                                    engaged in business or farming

 

1:50 -                           I moved here to Daly City because I was hired as social worker in S.M county

 

3:00 -                           I was the only Filipino social worker at Catholic Social Services in SF for 6 years

 

*3:20 –                        I got my BA in social work in the Philippines at an exclusive women’s university

 

*3:46 – 4:40                 “What made you come to the US-- reasons for coming to the US: economic, single parent

 

4:40 -                           I had to leave 2 children for almost a year.  -?

Follow up

 

*5:32 – 6:59                 Third wave explained

 

7:00  -                          What determined who could come       

 

*8:30 – 9:00                 Property at that time was so cheap.  I bought my first house for $18,000 24th & Bryant

 

*9:07 – 12:38               My first job was at Lake Tahoe as a change girl.

13:49- 14:06

 

*15:38 – 16:56             At that time they were paying only $390 a month for a clerk at the Bank of America.

 

*16:32 – 16:54.5          Down payment only $1000 & casino was … Bought a house

 

17:22                           the one who did the affadivit of support was a nurse in Delano & her husband owned a restaurant

 

20:09  - 21:05              The early immigrants felt they were discriminated against

 

22:09 -                         Moved to Daly City in 1980 after 10 years in SF because of getting a job for SM county as psych social worker

 

23:00                           By 1980, 38% of students in D.C. schools were Filipino

 

23:36                           They moved here because of the weather and because their relatives lived here.

 

25:30                           90% of board & care homes owned by Filipinos

 

27:30                           Sonia Reyes (Skyline instructor) moved to D.C. in the late 60’s -?

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*29:25- 33:29              Experience w/ discrimination in SM County

 

33:30 – 34:15               Division in Filipino community before Guigona elected   -?

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 37:52 -                        In SF, there is a close-knit Filipino community, here you don’t know your neighbors well.. people busy with their own families

 

39:33 – 40:30               Still same situation where new arrivals come to SF and then move to DC

 

42:12 – 43:21               They’re busy, they have 3 kinds of jobs

 

44:38 – 45:21               In our culture, we’re hard-working, but financial need makes it difficult to be with each other

45:46                           Especially the younger folks, there’s a problem of relating with each other, they speak English, but they are less respectful tot elderly, care less, have different values..[end tape]

47:44                           more westernized, move out at 18, but our culture stay home longer

49:00                           my kids: how come others can stay out later…

 

*54: 56 - 55:52            1950’s Mrs & Mr Illumin said Filipinos were not allowed to buy property & had to sit in back of bus in SF  -?

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*56:10 – 57:00             in ’68, when professional immigrants came, they had a little capital

 

57:43 -                         Filipinos rent in SF, then buy property in DC

 

58: 15 – 59:30              There is not much jobs in DC for Filipinos

 

1:00:16 – 1:01:38         Start of organizing Filipinos in SM Co. by Filipino priest

*1:01:21                       It was 1985 or 86

*1:01:38 – 1:03:21       Organizing for more Filipino  teachers


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