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This year through a seed grant collaboration with the Smithsonian, Dr. Judith Freidenberg at the University of Maryland has been teaching a class titled “Creating Museums of the Immigrant Experience” where students have conducted life history interviews with immigrants living in Prince George’s County, Maryland. This blog represents our ongoing conversation with them on their immigrant experiences. For more information, <www.anthropologyoftheimmigrantlifecourse.org>

Please meet the participants:

Alex

Country of Origin: El Salvador  Date of Arrival in US: January 1982 Occupation: Job Developer

Country of Origin: El Salvador
Date of Arrival in U.S.: January 1982
Occupation: Job Developer

Barbara

Country of Origin: Ivory Coast Date of Arrival in U.S.: 1993 Occupation: Educator/Teacher

Country of Origin: Ivory Coast
Date of Arrival in U.S.: 1993
Occupation: Educator/Teacher

Ana

Country of Origin: Ecuador Date of Arrival in the U.S.: 2000 Occupation: Career and Outreach Specialist

Country of Origin: Ecuador
Date of Arrival in the U.S.: 2000
Occupation: Career and Outreach Specialist

Carolina

Country of Origin: Argentina Date of Arrival in US: 2002 Occupation: Parent Liaison at an Elementary School & PhD Student

Country of Origin: Argentina
Date of Arrival in U.S.: 2002
Occupation: Parent Liaison at an Elementary School & PhD Student

Evangelina

Country of Origin: the Philippines  Date of Arrival in the US: 1986 Occupation:

Country of Origin: the Philippines
Date of Arrival in the U.S.: 1986
Occupation: Medical Aide

Jennifer

Country of Origin: El Salvador Date of Arrival in the U.S.: 2000 Occupation: Biology/Anthropology Student

Country of Origin: El Salvador
Date of Arrival in the U.S.: 2000
Occupation: Biology/Anthropology Student

Fitz Patrick

Country of Origin: Guyana Date of Arrival in the US: 1971 Occupation: Educator/Teacher

Country of Origin: Guyana
Date of Arrival in the U.S.: 1971
Occupation: Educator/Teacher

Francesca

Country of Origin: Chile Date of Arrival in U.S.: 1992 Occupation: Assistant Director at a University

Country of Origin: Chile
Date of Arrival in U.S.: 1992
Occupation: Assistant Director at a University

Katie

Country of Origin: U.S. Occupation: Anthropology Student

Country of Origin: U.S. Occupation: Anthropology Student

John

Country of Origin: Kenya Date of Arrival in the US: 2004 Occupation: Student

Country of Origin: Kenya
Date of Arrival in the U.S.: 2004
Occupation: Student

Monica

Country of Origin: U.S. Occupation: Anthropology student  Country of origin: USA (Country I plan to make my home: Israel)

Country of Origin: U.S.
Occupation: Anthropology student
(Country I plan to make my home: Israel)

Laura

Country of Origin: Mexico  Date of Arrival in U.S.: 1989 Occupation: Administrator

Country of Origin: Mexico
Date of Arrival in U.S.: 1989
Occupation: Administrator

Mandy

Country of Origin: Trinidad Date of Arrival in the US: 2003 Occupation: PhD Student

Country of Origin: Trinidad
Date of Arrival in the U.S.: 2003
Occupation: PhD Student

Tess

Country of Origin: U.S. Family Heritage: Irish and French descent Occupation: Anthropology Student

Country of Origin: U.S.
Family Heritage: Irish and French descent
Occupation: Anthropology Student

Maria

Country of Origin: El Salvador Date of Arrival in the US: 2004 Occupation: Restaurant Worker

Country of Origin: El Salvador
Date of Arrival in the U.S.: 2004
Occupation: Restaurant Worker

Marie

Country of origin: Cameroon Date of arrival in US: 1976 Occupation: IT Specialist

Country of origin: Cameroon
Date of arrival in U.S.: 1976
Occupation: IT Specialist

Natalie

Country of Origin: U.S. Occupation: Historical Archaeology Student

Country of Origin: U.S.
Occupation: Historical Archaeology Student

Okwy

Country of Origin: Nigeria Date of Arrival to the US: 2003 Occupation: Accountant

Country of Origin: Nigeria
Date of Arrival to the U.S.: 2003
Occupation: Accountant

Sharon

Country of origin: Malaysia Date of arrival in US: 2003 Occupation: Attorney

Country of origin: Malaysia
Date of arrival in U.S.: 2003
Occupation: Attorney

Jourdan

Country of Origin: U.S. Family Heritage: Vincentian or from St. Vincents Occupation: Anthropology Student

Country of Origin: U.S.
Family Heritage: Vincentian or from St. Vincents
Occupation: Anthropology Student

Neha

Country of Origin: U.S. Family Heritage: Indian  Occupation: Student and IT Computer Operator

Country of Origin: U.S.
Family Heritage: Indian
Occupation: Student and IT Computer Operator

Michael

Country of Origin: Ghana Date of arrival in US: 1986 Occupation: researcher/economist

Country of Origin: Ghana
Date of arrival in U.S.: 1986
Occupation: researcher/economist

Natividad

Country of Origin: El Salvador Date of Arrival in the U.S.:  Occupation:

Country of Origin: El Salvador
Date of Arrival in the U.S.:
Occupation: Housekeeping

Pierre

Country of Origin: Guyana  Date of Arrival in the US: 1979 Occupation: Community Organizer

Country of Origin: Guyana
Date of Arrival in the US: 1979
Occupation: Community Organizer

Sara

Country of Origin: U.S. Occupation: Student

Country of Origin: U.S.
Occupation: Student

Meredith

Country of Origin: U.S. Occupation: Anthropology Student

Country of Origin: U.S.
Occupation: Anthropology Student

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