Interviews with Immigrants Philippe from Haiti, Hanna from Iraq

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Interviews with Immigrants Philippe from Haiti, Hanna from Iraq

As some of you might I have a “day” job that cov­ers the bills since the finances of the blog have been a tad weaker than in the past. At said job the major­ity of the work­force was born out­side the United States and Eng­lish is not their first language.

With Immi­gra­tion a huge issue these days I thought I’d take advan­tage of this sit­u­a­tion. Last Thanks­giv­ing I spoke to sev­eral peo­ple ask­ing them what they were thank­ful for, and now over the past two months I’ve been arrang­ing audio inter­views with var­i­ous peo­ple who have come here.

The sub­jects vary based on the peo­ple but there are sev­eral gen­eral ques­tions that I ask about both their home coun­tries about com­ing to Amer­ica and the cir­cum­stances that caused them to come, what they expected, what they saw, etc etc etc.

Today I am post­ing the first two (tech­ni­cally three) of these inter­views for your view­ing plea­sure. The first is with Philippe from Haiti. he is 70 year old for­mer mem­ber of the Boston Teach­ers union who came to the US in the 70’s. He sat for two audio inter­views that loaded con­sec­u­tively onto a sin­gle youtube file.

Of the inter­views I’ve con­ducted so far Philippe is the most polit­i­cal in nature and he is anx­ious to follow-​up so don’t be sur­prised if we have another half hour or more in the future.

My sec­ond inter­view was with Hanna from Iraq. You might remem­ber her from this Thanks­giv­ing video:

That gave you a hint of what was com­ing and believe me you’ll find the story of a girl who started out in a land where she was basi­cally prop­erty to being a “lead” at an Amer­i­can com­pany at age 23 fascinating.

I have one more inter­view in the bank with another young man named Alvin from El Sal­vador and am sched­uled to con­duct another with a middle-​aged woman named Maria from the Domini­can Repub­lic but be aware I’m not con­fin­ing these inter­views to my co-​workers. I’ll be speak­ing to an immi­grant from Eng­land liv­ing in New Hamp­shire and am actively seek­ing out oth­ers from var­i­ous coun­tries to get their per­spec­tive on life in America.

My plan is to con­duct 24 of these done per month and upload them first to youtube and then put them out here at the blog. I hope to build a large library of peo­ple from as many coun­tries as I can to get a feel of how and why peo­ple come and what their per­cep­tion of Amer­ica was and is. Occa­sion­ally a trans­la­tor will be nec­es­sary but I’m less wor­ried about the logis­tics as I am get­ting the infor­ma­tion and the var­i­ous per­spec­tives from dif­fer­ent peo­ple, dif­fer­ent cul­tures and dif­fer­ent backgrounds.

I hope you find this work inter­est­ing and infor­ma­tive. I sus­pect it won’t be as sen­sa­tional as what the MSM is feed­ing you, but it will have the virtue of being unre­hearsed and unspun, which is why it will likely not have any­where near the reach.


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As some of you might I have a “day” job that covers the bills since the finances of the blog have been a tad weaker than in the past. At said job the majority of the workforce was born outside the United States and English is not their first language.

With Immigration a huge issue these days I thought I’d take advantage of this situation. Last Thanksgiving I spoke to several people asking them what they were thankful for, and now over the past two months I’ve been arranging audio interviews with various people who have come here.

The subjects vary based on the people but there are several general questions that I ask about both their home countries about coming to America and the circumstances that caused them to come, what they expected, what they saw, etc etc etc.

Today I am posting the first two (technically three) of these interviews for your viewing pleasure. The first is with Philippe from Haiti. he is 70 year old former member of the Boston Teachers union who came to the US in the 70’s. He sat for two audio interviews that loaded consecutively onto a single youtube file.

Of the interviews I’ve conducted so far Philippe is the most political in nature and he is anxious to follow-up so don’t be surprised if we have another half hour or more in the future.

My second interview was with Hanna from Iraq. You might remember her from this Thanksgiving video:

That gave you a hint of what was coming and believe me you’ll find the story of a girl who started out in a land where she was basically property to being a “lead” at an American company at age 23 fascinating.

I have one more interview in the bank with another young man named Alvin from El Salvador and am scheduled to conduct another with a middle-aged woman named Maria from the Dominican Republic but be aware I’m not confining these interviews to my co-workers. I’ll be speaking to an immigrant from England living in New Hampshire and am actively seeking out others from various countries to get their perspective on life in America.

My plan is to conduct 2-4 of these done per month and upload them first to youtube and then put them out here at the blog. I hope to build a large library of people from as many countries as I can to get a feel of how and why people come and what their perception of America was and is. Occasionally a translator will be necessary but I’m less worried about the logistics as I am getting the information and the various perspectives from different people, different cultures and different backgrounds.

I hope you find this work interesting and informative. I suspect it won’t be as sensational as what the MSM is feeding you, but it will have the virtue of being unrehearsed and unspun, which is why it will likely not have anywhere near the reach.


if you think this site in general and this project in particular is worth supporting please consider kicking in here:



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Or buying my book Hail Mary the Perfect Protestant (and Catholic) Prayer

Either way it’s most appreciated.