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Soc 301 Sills
Julie Kleinhans
I= Interviewer
R = Respondent
I: We are gathering data that is important in helping to understand the

barriers to immigrant incorporation into the Triad. This is a research study.
Research studies include only people who choose to take part. You are being
asked to voluntarily take part in this study in order to share your awareness
and understanding of immigrants.
This interview will be recorded. The recording will be used for research
purposes only. It will be destroyed after a transcript is made. No identifying
information will be associated with the transcript in order to protect your
identity. You are free to refuse to participate or to withdraw your consent to
participate in this research at any time without penalty or prejudice; your
participation is entirely voluntary.
We may wish to quote from this interview either in reports, presentations or
articles resulting from this work. Your identity will be protected and a
pseudonym or an alias will be used in place of your real name. Do you agree
to allow me to quote from this interview?

R:Ye s
I: Ok, thank you. The first set of questions I am going to ask you are more closely
related to you personally.

I: Where are you from?
R: I am from Dallas, Texas.
I:Ok and obviously you work within the Triad area but how long have you lived in

this area?
R: Um, I have lived in the Triad for six years.
I: Six years, ok great, and um, have you worked in this area for the same amount of

R:Ye s
I: Ok, and um, what is your educational background?
R: Um, I have a sociology and marketing degree from the University of Texas at

Dallas and also have an associate degree from Stephen\u2019s College in Columbia
I: Missouri, wow, ok um, next I would like to ask you some questions about your
experience in working with migrants. In what ways do you work with immigration or
R: Um, we have a family literacy program. We\u2019ve had this program for um, this is
our fourth year, um and actually I\u2019ve been an ESOL teacher in the Community
College system in North Carolina for about ten years, um actually I started in \u201996 so

just a little bit longer, but then started a family literacy program like this in \u201999 and
I\u2019ve been doing it ever since. So I work primarily, um, in the beginning with the
males that were coming in from Mexico and Guatemala in the factories, from the uh,
furniture factories in Caldwell County and then saw the need for a program for their
wives and their children that were coming in and had no knowledge of the language
and had no idea of what the services were within the community and they were
stuck in trailer homes outside the community. And so, uh, that\u2019s when we began
that uh, with the Community College and started a program like that in Forsyth
County and then started a program like that here in Guilford County. So I\u2019ve been
working within the immigrant community for about twelve years.

I: Ok great, (pause), next I would like you to tell me about the immigrants that you
work with. What are the nationalities of the immigrants that you work with?
R: Uh, we work primarily with Mexican families, uh, we have a few from South

America, we have families from umm, Sudan, umm we have families from Vietnam,
that were the Motenyards that were in the mountains in Vietnam, and uh, we have a
couple of Egyptian moms, and uh, those are the primary ones but, primarily but
about 90% of them are Spanish speaking.

I: Wow, that\u2019s great. Um, what are their major concerns or issues?
R: Um, they\u2019re concerned about uh, their children uh, doing well in school and once

they complete school, are they going to be able to go to college. Um, so many of
them moved here for better opportunities, but um, now especially with the changes
in the community college system, you know, at least, they have to pay international
student tuition which is roughly $3000 for a 12 hour or credit semester. Um, they\u2019re

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