Bienvenidos al archivo de historias orales de la migraciónlatina en Norte CarolinaWelcome to the Latino Migration Oral History Archive
North Carolina has one of the fastest growing Latino populations in the nation.
In the 1980s the first generation of Latin Americans came to NorthCarolina. We were farmers, scientists, builders, housekeepers,teachers, cooks, factory workers, and entrepreneurs.
In the 1990s our children grew up in North Carolina communitiesand called themselves Mexican-Americans, Guatemalan-Americans,Colombian-Americans… Or they just called themselves American.
Today, in a state where most Latinos are U.S.-born citizens, our grandchildrencall themselves North Carolinians.Latino students come together at the Fiesta delPueblo in Raleigh in 2009. photo by DonnYoung
We are documenting the stories of how Latin Americans havecome to North Carolina and made the state home.The archive was established in 2007 and is managed by The Latino MigrationProject, the Southern Oral History Program and Wilson Library at UNC ChapelHill.The Latino Migration Oral History Archivecelebrates three generations of Latin Americans inNorth Carolina.
MethodsInterviews are conductedby trained students as partof the ongoing globalstudies course “LatinAmerican ImmigrantPerspectives.” Wewelcome content fromUNC faculty and students.The collection holds morethan 100 oral historyrecordings and fulltranscripts relating toimmigration in NC. 40interviews are addedannually.Interviewer Miranda Wodarski, with interviewee Chapel Hill PoliceOfficer Charlie Pardo. April 2012
Theme: Youth (July 2010)Latino youth in NC have played a key role in building a national movement to shapepublic policy on immigration. Alejandro, a UNC student, comments on the plight of thethousands of undocumented youth in the state who are unable to attend college.Dream Activists Viridiana, Loida, and Rosario go on a hunger strike to pressureSenator Kay Hagan to support the DREAM Act. Raleigh (photo by Justin Valas)
Theme:The journey tomy hometownAna Laura Medrano was born in Chihuahua, Mexico and moved toWashington, North Carolina when she was eleven years old. She enrolledat Beaufort Community College before transferring to the University ofNorth Carolina at Chapel Hill. Medrano discusses the difficulties shefaced coming to North Carolina and integrating into the eastern NCcommunity she now calls her hometown.Ana LauraMedrano
Sandro Pinheiro was born in Fortaleza, Brazil and movedto the United States when he was twenty-one. Today heworks in the medical field at Duke University. In theinterview, Pinheiro explains what it means to identify asLatino in North Carolina.Theme: Latinos, a diverse group
Produced by The Latino Migration Project at the Institute for the Study of the Americas and the Centerfor Global Initiatives www.isa.unc.eduFeaturing music performed in North Carolina from Viva Cackalacky: Latin Music in the SouthSpecial thanks to Karen Obando, Brittany Peterson, and all who contributed materials.