Interview with Lora Hernandez

Recorded July 22, 2018 Archived July 22, 2018 12:08 minutes
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This podcast is about a woman named Lora Hernandez. She was born in Playa Mallorca, Spain. She came to the United States with her parents when she was eight years old. Her dad was a sargent and her mom also worked in the Navy. They went from Spain to Miami Florida to San Diego California. Her mother passed away in the Navy in San Diego CA. Later on her and her dad moved to Aurora Colorado to come live with her uncles. Her dad remarried. Lora had two siblings, one brother and one sister. Her siblings didn’t like living in Aurora CO so they moved to Juarez Mexico, Close to El Paso Texas.

She talks about the difference between schools in the United States and Spain. The most cultural shock she experienced was the language. Later on in her life when she was 18 she moved back to Spain and stayed over there for a year. When a girl in Spain turns 19 they celebrate it similar to how Mexican families celebrate Quinceanera, a girl’s passage into womanhood. It is celebrated with lots of food and a big family gathering. She eventually moved back to Aurora and is now a permanent resident. In 1996 she applied for her citizenship and to this day she hasn’t heard anything about it because she moved apartments and they lost contact with her. Lora married to a man much older than herself. She never had kids and later she divorced him and left him everything, including their house and started over. For more on Lora’s immigration and life story, please listen to this podcast episode.


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01:04 I come in the side. Are you on this little girl into to go to Mexico? They want to go back to Mexico. And what was your life like before you came to the United States? So Como Sana Tu Vida in Spain, on Tuesday. Venezia, Miami is very beautiful, beautiful.

01:45 That's good luck with all the schools are way more strict. I think Danielle Kamal, uniform is well. They had uniforms sale a really strict. It's nothing like the school's out here. How did you feel when you came to the United States? Like the difference would be better if we come on Lisa? Get a lousy parent backwards, you know, when you speak it, so, when she comes here and she's trying to learn to herd, like that's confusing for her, because in Spanish, it's backwards.

02:45 It was backwards to her. Okay, and have you went back to Spain? Yes, it went back at 18 minutes. So then she went back at 18 and 19.

03:17 Nothing, I will pray. No, no nothing. Okay, nothing. No touching, nothing making one waiting for me. Too many food. Too many fiestas in control until woman when you turn 18

03:47 You say your head over there, in Spain? It's when your 19 like when you do that celebration like a quinceanera cuz you're becoming a woman over there is 19 so they took her back to celebrate it. And that's meaning, you know, you haven't touched the guy, you had a boyfriend that sort of thing. Do you celebrate?

04:11 Italian accordion, do you know what type of holidays do you still celebrate?

04:51 Get the poles at Lowe's the Santa Elena a making an Eskimo Dia de Madres. All cozy. Care of the other Madras LDS November to Yorktown.

05:51 Variety of foods were all the boats come out to the beach. And what is the May 30th? She'll still celebrated, Michelle cook food and things like that and ask her for like do you believe in letters of the Guadalupe?

06:18 Samantha Rimando, kill me, one yellow. Okay. No longer.

06:50 Hennessy and type in my name.

06:52 Eccentric man named a note in the permanent resident. Actually had a permanent resident.

07:08 Okay, and that I believe is through her dad as well.

07:16 And in November, I say 96 1986 because if she got in trouble. So see if a Cydia and like this, she faced discrimination or did she faced discrimination when she came here. So, cuando. Se ven aqui letra La Gente.

08:08 The weather Columbus New Mexico discriminate her against her color.

08:29 Colonia, New Jersey.

08:33 Media jobs.

08:40 Baby.

08:42 Gas for the tile over my matrimonial Miller law. Don't like her when she left them both.

09:08 Like I said, I would guess I didn't pick up the Cinco de Mayo, boyfriend.

09:45 Como El Coco, No Matter What like tried more, put. More effort is in the one-day, or discriminating her?

10:16 So she just wish you would have kept pushing forward even when they were just coming anywhere. Beach Blanket pero Bonitas, there's different types of my teeth whiter and they don't discriminate. So she took a harder here and she wish you would have liked still just prefer. What even though they did that to her.

11:03 And would you ever go back to Spain?

11:07 Enable study.

11:12 Okay, thank you. Okay. Thank you guys. You guys are with you.

11:28 A production of arts street at yea sponsored by arts and Society, Denver Housing, Authority, the City and County of Denver office of children's Affairs, the office of immigration and Refugee Affairs, and the urban Arts fund. For more information visit our website at journey to Unity.