Audio Recording "It's rough, but it's good; I've been here twenty years and have accomplished a lot of things."

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Title
"It's rough, but it's good; I've been here twenty years and have accomplished a lot of things."
Contributor Names
Castro, Americo (Narrator)
Carroll, Thomas D. (Interviewer)
Created / Published
1994-09-13
Subject Headings
-  Insurance agents
-  Oral history
-  Interviews
-  Sound recordings
-  Work processes
-  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 changes the location of the many, many times [en route] to his destination in Peru. He has been hijacked many times, carjacked. About five times the car has been stopped at a crossroads, and the money, car was taken in Peru. Now they divide the money into smaller quantities and carry it separately, so if they are held up in Peru they don't lose too much. AC was robbed at his Market Street twice, people came in with machine guns, told everyone to get down on the floor, because people know that he collects money at the agency. Right now AC has a lot of security, so they can't do that anymore. But before it was an open space, and it was easy for people to do that. The police can't do anything. AC has a license to carry a gun, has security, alarm system, etc. It's rough, but it's good, because he has been here 20 years in this country, and has accomplished a lot of things. His family is good, in a good position, in Peru. Family there works for AC's business, they make [money] like they would make in the US, and they have no problem. AC is really happy, is an American citizen since 1985. His parents are over here also, they live with AC's sister. Nine in his family, 3 men 6 girls. All are alive. Mother is 80 years old, father is 86, still alive and in good health. AC has no regrets or anything, everything is good for him.
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.tca02403
Language
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:

Castro, Americo, and Thomas D Carroll. "It's rough, but it's good; I've been here twenty years and have accomplished a lot of things.". -09-13, 1994. Audio. https://0-www.loc.gov.oasys.lib.oxy.edu/item/afcwip003998/.

APA citation style:

Castro, A. & Carroll, T. D. (1994) "It's rough, but it's good; I've been here twenty years and have accomplished a lot of things.". -09-13. [Audio] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://0-www.loc.gov.oasys.lib.oxy.edu/item/afcwip003998/.

MLA citation style:

Castro, Americo, and Thomas D Carroll. "It's rough, but it's good; I've been here twenty years and have accomplished a lot of things.". -09-13, 1994. Audio. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <www.loc.gov/item/afcwip003998/>.