Jose Colon Complete Interview

Title

Jose Colon Complete Interview

Description

This interview with Jose Colon took place on July 23, 2013 at his home in West Seneca, NY and was conducted by Stephanie Bucalo. The interview is very difficult to understand at times, but his daughter helped share some information about both of their lives. Jose came to the United States in 1952 to work on the farms. He was recruited through Operation Bootstrap which was a governmental initiative encouraging Puerto Ricans to fly north to find employment. The economy in Puerto Rico was very poor and there was a very large unemployment pool with very few available jobs. Once Jose established a home and steady employment in Buffalo, he became a trustworthy member of the community. Newly arriving Puerto Ricans looking for work on the farms would stay with him and his family until they could find their own homes. He would pick them up from the airport, take them to work and then bring them back to the airport so they could fly south. Growing up, Rose Mary struggled in school because of the language barrier and lack of resources in the educational system. Because of this, she became an ESL teacher and now works in the Public Schools.
Esta entrevista con José Colón tomó lugar el 23 de julio del año 2013 a su casa en West Seneca, NY y fue conducida por Stephanie Bucalo. Es muy difíl de entender algunas partes de esta entrevista, pero su hija ayudó compartir un poco de información sobre ambas de sus vidas. José fino a los Estados Unidos en el año 1952 para trabajar en las granjas. Se reclutó por la Operación Mano a las Obras la cual era una iniciativa gubernamental animando a los puertorriqueños que volaban al norte para conseguir empleo. La economía en Puerto Rico era muy pobre y hubo una gran cantidad de desempleados con muy pocos puestos disponibles. Cuando José estableció un hogar y un empleo estable en Búfalo, él se puso un miembro confiable de la comunidad. Los puertorriqueños nuevamente llegando y buscando empleo en las granjas se quedaban con él y su familia hasta cuando se encontraran sus propias casas. Él los recogieron al aeropuerto, les llevó al trabajo, y les llevó de nuevo al aeropuerto para que pudieran volar al sur. Durante su juventud, Rose Mary luchaba en la escuela por la culpa de la barrera lingüística y la falta de recursos en el sistema educativa. Por eso, ella se puso maestra de ESL y ahora trabaja en las Escuelas Públicas.

Source

Hispanic Heritage "Bring Us Your History!" Project

Publisher

Buffalo & Erie County Public Library

Date

2013-07-23

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Language

English
Spanish

Location

West Seneca, NY

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