Audio Recording "The money that I received in the factory and with my wife working was enough for me to live, not in luxury, but to get along."

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Title
"The money that I received in the factory and with my wife working was enough for me to live, not in luxury, but to get along."
Contributor Names
Castro, Americo (Narrator)
Carroll, Thomas D. (Interviewer)
Created / Published
1994-09-13
Subject Headings
-  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
Genre
Ethnography
Interviews
Notes
-  Interview with Americo Castro, owner of Castro Travel Agency on Market Street.
-  Summary of audio segment: AC feels very lucky because after he left his country a lot of things happened there -- a big earthquake, the civilian president was overthrown by the military, there were many changes and things are very bad right now. Many people have left, but it's a little better than before. Though professional people -- doctors, engineers, etc., are working in taxies, working as salesmen. They don't work in their professions. This is really bad. And a lot of professional people who come here from Peru work in other jobs -- as cooks in restaurants, they do things they never did before. But at least they get paid in the US. In Peru, people work and don't get paid. And then you have to leave. AC has been lucky. When he came here he had time to study, had only one child. He worked in the factory, and his wife worked, and the money they received for that was enough to live, to get along, though not in luxury. In 1978 AC bought a house, not a big house or nice house, but it was his house. They continue working, hoping to do something for their children. And the changes in Peru have been lucky for AC because one Peruvian told him she needed money over here, but the money was in Peru. She wanted to buy some cameras here and send them to Peru, and needed $3,000, and didn't know how to get it. AC said if his family over there could receive the money from her family, AC would give here money here. Just pay for the telephone call, because at that time a call to Peru cost $9. And as soon as the money is transferred in Peru, AC will give her the money here from his savings. This is the way his business in money transfer has started.
Medium
Digital Audio Tape
Call Number/Physical Location
AFC 1995/028: WIP-TDC-A024
Source Collection
Working in Paterson Project Collection (AFC 1995/028)
Repository
American Folklife Center
Digital Id
http://0-hdl.loc.gov.oasys.lib.oxy.edu/loc.afc/afcwip.tca02401
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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Castro, Americo, and Thomas D Carroll. "The money that I received in the factory and with my wife workingwas enough for me to live, not in luxury, but to get along.". -09-13, 1994. Audio. https://0-www.loc.gov.oasys.lib.oxy.edu/item/afcwip003996/.

APA citation style:

Castro, A. & Carroll, T. D. (1994) "The money that I received in the factory and with my wife workingwas enough for me to live, not in luxury, but to get along.". -09-13. [Audio] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://0-www.loc.gov.oasys.lib.oxy.edu/item/afcwip003996/.

MLA citation style:

Castro, Americo, and Thomas D Carroll. "The money that I received in the factory and with my wife workingwas enough for me to live, not in luxury, but to get along.". -09-13, 1994. Audio. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <www.loc.gov/item/afcwip003996/>.