A.P. Human Geography
Immigrant Interview Essay
There are many people who believe that if they can make it in the “Nation of Immigrants”, then they can be successful and live the American dream. Marcia Pacheco is one of the many who believes that America serves more opportunities that will better one’s life. Marcia Pacheco is the mother of my good friend Ryan Pacheco. She is currently 43 years old and was born in Guayaquil, Ecuador on September 21, 1970. 22 years later after birth, in 1993 she became an emigrant to her homeland to immigrate to America. I chose to interview Mrs. Pacheco because with her, I felt the most comfortable interviewing on personal information and I already have a formed rapport with her.
Having immigrated in 1993 at the age of 22, Mrs. Marcia Pacheco arrived in Manhattan, New York with her newlywed husband to live with his parents. Moving to a big city such as Manhattan didn’t give Mrs. Pacheco that much of a culture shock due to her previous location where she lived in one of the biggest cities in Ecuador, next to the capitol. Her house was compared to a middle class house, which was gated. The city she lived in was pretty nice besides the crime which seemed to be the only problem, but is prevalent in many cities around the world. She described the food as “muy delicioso” in her thick Spanish accent. The food had a lot of Hispanic flavoring to it with special spices that could not be found in her new home in Manhattan. Everything was organic also, and her favorite dish was ceviches. As for the clothing everyone wore shorts and tank tops due to the hot climate year round caused by the location of Ecuador being closet to the equator. Life in Guayaquil, Ecuador was pretty smooth for her because she had nothing to worry about with her parents there to take care of her. She was a college student before she left and she loved to go dancing with friends, to the movies and to the teenage club. What my interviewee told me was,” What I would miss...