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Author: Lorane A West
Publisher: Pullman, Wash. : Washington State University Press, ©2004.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Recent immigrants to the United States usually cannot read or speak English. Few are educated; some struggle to sign their own name. Yet they are able to do things many Americans have forgotten: to find joy in what others might find mundane; to work hard for very little while hoping for a better future; to love, accept, and support their families no matter what; and to place a higher value on relationships than  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Interviews
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
West, Lorane A., 1960-
Color.
Pullman, Wash. : Washington State University Press, ©2004
(OCoLC)607400502
Material Type: Biography, Government publication, State or province government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Lorane A West
ISBN: 0874222745 9780874222746
OCLC Number: 55086019
Description: viii, [3], 163 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: Adoption--Infertile woman offers to let her husband impregnate someone else --
Alone--War survivor has to get used to being alone when husband deported --
Alzheimer's--Man won't abandon wife into assisted living center; he keeps her at home --
Anesthesia--Man was awakened from his anesthesia overdose by sound of beloved voice --
Animal--Man with severe injury remembers his wilder days; now he is jealous of his wife --
Argentina--Children and parents choose between their two cultures and family is split --
Arthritis--Elderly Peruvian lady with arthritis is told she "walks like a Mexican bandit" --
Artificial Life--Man admires his aged mother's recovery on hospital burn unit --
Auto Tech--Mexican man feels ripped off; returns to Guadalajara for auto tech training --
Back--Injured man has trouble understanding Labor and Industries program --
Beatings--Battered Mexican woman gets cancer; still hopes for change --
Bible--Man explains how he struggles with the devil to read the Bible better --
Big--Large Salvadoran lady gets plenty of attention from Latinos on the street --
Book--Woman wants to write a book about U.S. experience, warning others not to come --
Braces--Mother and son are stuck in braces when husband is laid off and loses insurance --
Breast--Indian woman argues with doctor to get her newborn to breast and bless him --
Bro--Brother explains why he's so eager to cheer his sister-in-law on during childbirth --
Brother--Honduran brother-in-law moves in to care for wife while husband out of town --
Bullet--Mexican man remembers how he was shot in the head by his pregnant girlfriend --
Calendar Boy--Disappointed/bragging father whose son quit school to be calendar boy --
Chains--Lonely professional woman feels invisible; only known as a nanny now --
Charity Care--Man whose wife has cancer finds out about Charity Care program --
Cholo--Grandma tells about baggy-pants boy who married her disabled granddaughter --
Choose--Married Mexican man with girlfriend has to choose between women --
Church--Women invite interpreter to attend church with them --
Class--South American man regrets having married his lower class countrywoman --
Classes--Mother takes parenting classes to learn how to control her temper --
Crossing--Woman with cancer tells about crossing the border with her grandchildren --
Daughter--Dad comes to terms with having daughter--instead of son--during labor --
Dear Mami--Letter from dead baby to grieving mother, thanking her for his short life --
Death--Pregnant woman has near-death experience as she gets infection and loses her baby --
Deer--Salvadoran grandson wouldn't mind Grandma back home; reunited with her in U.S. --
Diabetes--Pregnant mom with diabetes talks about how she lost her first child to disease --
Doctor--Man with bad surgery outcome regrets he ever went to the doctor originally --
Dog--Mother-in-law explains how men need space to be comfortable in a marriage --
Donors--Grandma has many potential donors, but would prefer her husband's kidney --
Down's--Father of newborn with Down's syndrome upset that doctor didn't explain better --
Economist--University student is saved from being gang-raped when she is recognized --
Eighteen--Young married woman wonders why everyone mad at her for being pregnant --
Embroidery--Mexican woman working in U.S. factory misses warmth of family home --
English--Woman has to help her Puerto Rican boyfriend propose to her in Spanish --
Epilepsy--Uninsured man with uncontrolled seizures wonders if there might be a cure --
Example--Christian father explains how his family is an example to others in community --
Expense--Grandpa leaves hospital against medical advice when janitor tells him the cost --
Eye Doctor--Mother tells how painful it is to watch rough doctor handling her son --
Fallopian Tubes--Housekeeper pays cash to straighten Fallopian tubes --
Family--Large family from eastern Washington in Seattle hospital waiting room --
Family Bed--Mom talks about Latino families sleeping together in big, cozy group --
Farm--Man fishes in Alaska to save up to buy his own farm in Mexico and get a wife --
Father and Mother--New dad spoonfeeds new mother, since her family is far away --
Fifteen--Man laments that his fifteen-year-old wife seems too young to become a mother --
Finally--Seventy-three-year-old man explains how he is the father of a twenty-year-old son --
Five Years--Birthing mother remembers interpreter who was more than family --
Follow-Up--Man calls Public Health to get catheter removed when no one will treat him --
Froggie--Woman remembers how neighbor arranged for her kidnapping for ransom --
Frown--Unhappy hypochondriac wants to buy a happy face to gain credibility --
Frustration--Mentally ill boy chokes another student to get his backpack back --
God--Mexican woman can't forgive abusive dad who "found God" in old age --
Good Try--Mexican soccer coach cannot understand why white parents yell "good try" --
Goodbye--Dying baby's heart keeps beating until dad holds baby in his arms --
Grandson--Child left behind wondered if his parents didn't want him --
Gratitude--Immigrant feels sad that so many citizens are ungrateful --
Greenery--Grandma talks about going into the forest to pick bouquet greenery --
Grief--Grieving sister thinks she must have had heart attack, cannot believe it was just grief --
Grumpy--Grumpy old man suffers at graveside service for his wife of sixty years --
Hard Work--Father bewildered by son's choice to forego hard work and attend college --
Healer--Healer disappointed that she cannot cure granddaughter's diabetes --
Heart--Eastern Washington heart patient amused at idiopathic cardiomyopathy diagnosis --
Heart Transplant--Man refuses heart transplant, prefers to keep his own heart and die --
High Protein--Couple informed that the mother's high protein may mean birth defects --
Home--Mother explains why they left their children in home country --
Hunger--Disabled man recalls childhood starvation, grateful his children have enough food --
Hurting Myself--Post-traumatic war victim tries to explain why suicide a relief --
Hysterectomy--Woman finds out after cancer treatment that she is permanently infertile --
Ice--Woman complains that drug and alcohol counselor is as cold as ice to her drinking husband --
Identity--IRS tries to get woman to pay double taxes when someone uses her ID --
Jalisco--Mexican woman compares poverty there and here--no money vs. no time --
Jealousy--Pregnant woman may miscarry after jealous fight with boyfriend leads to a fall --
Joking Around--Mexican father gets closer to son when they live alone together in U.S. --
Joy--Older mother enjoys childbirth so much she has symptoms of extreme joy during labor --
Junior--Father had a lot of dreams for his terminally ill son; it is wrenching to let him go --
Keeping House--Housewife talks about the joys of keeping a nice, clean house --
Knitting--Volunteer knitter for the Red Cross loves helping babies have hand-knit items --
Las Malvinas--Argentinean vows to never speak English after Falkland Islands attack --
Last Time--Mother frustrated when emergency room won't treat her son's cold symptoms --
Laughter--Joking woman with heart defect laughs her way through heart procedure --
Leukemia--Uncle is very angry that his young nephew has leukemia and no chance at this life --
Lie--Man gets up courage to confront past partner who infected him with the AIDS virus --
Living Will--Man due for surgery becomes anxious when asked to make a living will --
Low Class--Woman laments over embarrassing lover she has found in the United States --
Luck--Cancer patient feels she was lucky to be hit by a bus because it taught her patience --
Maid--Maid talks about how sad and lonely it is to be a hotel maid cleaning rooms in silence --
Memory--Man explains why social worker's advice to remember dead brother is inadequate --
Men Doctors--Woman did not like two young men poking around her private parts --
Miniskirt--Woman doesn't understand why her boyfriend wants her to dress sexy --
Miracle--Grandma prays for eye doctor to be able to keep helping others regain sight --
Mitten--Five family members want to share hotel room to support Grandma with cancer --
Mom--Woman misses mom while her husband pressures her to grow up and get over it --
Money--Wife regrets husband's prosperity, since he has become self-important --
Monopoly--Mexican complains about nationalized industries in Mexico --
Morphine--Grandpa on morphine flirts with hospital personnel --
Mother Mary--Mother prays to Virgin to convince Jesus to hear her prayers for baby --
Mother's Day--Furious Dad threatens son who only sends flowers on Mother's Day --
Nun--Would-be nun with bad knees married poor charity student and lives to regret it --
Nurses--Mexican woman is pleased at how the U.S. nurses treat her during childbirth --
Old Age--Grandma continues to have fun and dance in spite of grumpy Grandpa --
Once--Woman gets pregnant after having sex once, and chooses never to marry --
One Man--Son stays with Mom who never remarried when his father died --
Onion Stalk--Eastern Washington farmworker loses eyeball from onion stalk scratch --
Opening--Laboring mom recalls abuse, delays labor, then focuses back in on baby --
Patron Saint--Mom names ill baby after Saint, does rituals she promised to God --
Picture--Son buys his mom a color television, and she tapes his picture to it for all to see --
Plugged--School and hospital both push mother to get her son's ear "plugged" --
Pork--Mexican Mom has paralyzed baby who is now losing insurance --
Praying--Mexican minister getting fertility treatment, praying with wife for a baby --
Professional--Woman misses follow-up Pap smear because of pushy male interpreter --
Public Charge--Woman refuses assistance to avoid becoming public charge --
Pulling Teeth--Medical query seems repetitive to man who's never been to a doctor.
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"Recent immigrants to the United States usually cannot read or speak English. Few are educated; some struggle to sign their own name. Yet they are able to do things many Americans have forgotten: to find joy in what others might find mundane; to work hard for very little while hoping for a better future; to love, accept, and support their families no matter what; and to place a higher value on relationships than possessions." "Based on exchanges she witnessed through her work as an interpreter and advocate for Spanish-speaking immigrants, author Lorane A. West paints a picture of their lives, and through her portraits gives Americans a glimpse of themselves that may both surprise and challenge."--Jacket.

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