Juan Flores oral history interview, 2011
Date: 2011 |
Audio recording and text transcription of a Latino oral history done for an event at Joyner Library on April 10, 2011. Mr. Flores describes his early life in Honduras as a member of a large agricultural family. He studied to be a teacher and taught for five years in Honduras, before leaving for the U.S. looking for better opportunities. He describes the long journey through Guatemala and Mexico following dishonest guides. After a time in Miami, he settled in Georgia and worked in construction. After suffering back problems, he moved to Wallace, North Carolina and opened a store selling Honduran groceries. He describes how his teacher training has served him well as a merchant, and indicates he would like to get back to teaching to pass on Honduran culture to children born in the U.S. The interview forms part of the Latino Oral History Archive, and was conducted by Drs. Ricardo Contreras (Anthropology, ECU) and David Griffith (Anthropology and Coastal Science and Policy, ECU) with funding from the North Carolina Humanities Council. more...