Item AAAB6081 - Alice [pseudonym] interview

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Alice [pseudonym] interview

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  • 1985-08-16 [date recorded] (Creation)

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RECORDED: Victoria (B.C.), 1985-08-16 SUMMARY: Came to Canada from West Germany in 1958, her husband came in 1956; he got a job right away in the Kootenays; she stayed and worked in an office to earn money for the fare to move to Victoria; left daughter behind in a French boarding school for one year; spoke little English, neighbours, TV and radio helped; took her a year to become fluent; talks about upbringing and laziness; baked and learned how to make ethnic foods; now cooks "international"; neighbours helped her to cook and can; missed family, felt cut-off; difference in childrearing here and in Germany; language difficulties; people very friendly in the Kootenays and Victoria; English classes; meeting friends; Germans; help; immigrants are practical people; had no trade, could only clean houses at first; difficulties Canadians face hiring immigrants; accept new country's customs; didn't consider moving back; visit was a cultural shock; part of two cultures; speaks German at home; how it was for her daughter when she came in 1959; similarity of French, German and English languages; discrimination toward daughter at school; German club and school; passing on customs to daughter; learning how to drive a car; husband has control over money and shopping; learned things by herself when he went to Nelson; insisted on a car for independence; Europe them and now; changes in relationship between husband and wife; no money to have a baby; saved money; first husband supportive; ICA, German Club, Multicultural Association; activities she takes part in; courtesy to Canadians; learning to assimilate; differences between boys and girls; good citizenship; expectations on new Canadians; passing on traditions; advice to newcomers; BC government encourages immigrants to share.

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Carolyn Farr, 1985-08-20 to 1985-10-07


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Reference cassette copy available in container 000443-308.

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  • Copying Restriction: See Use Restriction, below.
  • Use Restriction: Refer to interviewee by pseudonym only in any published reference; not for broadcast use.
  • Copyright Status: Copyright assigned to the B.C. Archives, 1985.

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Accession number(s): T4214

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Documentation files are CLOSED TO RESEARCHERS; however, the relevant information available can be viewed on-line.

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speaker: Alice [pseudonym], interviewer: Carolyn M. Farr

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