Asians in Minnesota Oral History Project: Interview with Augusto and Rebecca Sumangil
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Description BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION: Augusto (Tito) and Rebecca Sumangil immigrated to the United States from the Philippines in 1969 as young professionals. Augusto grew up in Manila, on the island of Luzon, and is an accountant. Rebecca's home was in Antique Province, in the Visayan Islands of the central Philippines, and she is a registered nurse. Both found jobs very quickly in the Twin Cities, and Augusto is now employed by the Northrup King Seed Company, while Rebecca works at St. Barnabus Hospital. They have a young daughter, Anne, born in Minnesota. The Sumangils have been active in the Fil-Minnesotan Association, and Augusto is the editor of the organization's newsletter. SUBJECTS DISCUSSED: The Sumangils discuss their early impressions of Minnesota and contrast the good reception they have had with the discrimination encountered by the "old timers" in the Filipino community in the Twin Cities during the 1920s and 1930s. They also discuss the problems of child rearing faced by immigrant parents and point out that like many other young professional from the Philippines, they speak only English to their young daughter, in order to assure her success in school. They also point out that they learned English very early in school in the Philippines and that much of the colonial mentality fostered by the American rule in the Philippines still remains, despite their attainment of independence after World War II. COMMENTS ON INTERVIEW: The Sumangils exemplify the many young professional couples who have settled in Minnesota since the liberalization of United States immigration law in 1965. They have been very successful economically, and while seemingly well-adapted to life in Minnesota, they have also worked very hard to maintain the Filipino culture through active community organizations.
Quantity 1.5 hours sound cassette
64 pages transcript
Format Content Category: sound recordings
Content Category: text
Measurements 01:31:39 running time
Creation Interviewee: Sumangil, Augusto
Interviewee: Sumangil, Rebecca
Interviewer: Mason, Sarah R.
Made in Golden Valley, Hennepin County, Minnesota, United States
Subjects Asian Americans -- Minnesota
Filipino Americans -- Minnesota.
Made in Golden Valley, Hennepin County, Minnesota, United States
Dates Creation: 12/08/1978
Holding Type Oral History - Interview
Identifiers OH 51
Accession Number AV1981.361.28
More Info MHS Library Catalog
Related Collections Oral History - Project, MHS Collection, project: 'Asians in Minnesota Oral History Project'

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