By haley p.
Grade 4, Georgia
Country of Origin: Ecuador

Haley's Interview

(Abo) Raul P [Haley's grandfather]:

Where did you come from? Quito, Ecuador

What year did you come to the U.S.? 1958

Why did you leave? I wanted to work and go to school —It was easier to do it in the US [Two of his brothers had already come to the States to study, and his younger brother followed him six months later.]

How long have you lived in the U.S.? 51 years

What was the biggest challenge you faced? Learning English was one of the most difficould things to do

Are you a U.S. citizen? Yes, since 1970

How long did it take to get to the United States? By plane, only 4 hours to MIA and from there to Chicago. 48 hours by bus [there were no interstates yet].

What was your biggest adjustment? Having to live by myself and to work to support myself. I had never been away from home before at all.

Have you been to your hometown since you came here? Sure, many, many, many times. But it's is not the same any more. After so many years in this country, when I go to Quito I am almost a foreigner there. But I am also a foreigner here .... So, the whole world is my home now. [Haley's Abo didn't see his parents from 1958 until 1972—14 years!]

What where you most afraid of? I was afraid no one would understand me when I spoke.

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