Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Katie Wu ; Interview with Jon Juen

Jon Juen around the age of 10

           Jon Juen is my sister boyfriend who I've known for about 4-5 years now. I chose to interview him because he met all the criteria that I needed, he's Filipino, lived in the Philippines for a couple of years before moving to the United States, and he reside in Daly City along with his family.

Manila, Philippines

            Jon Juen came to the United States when he was about 6 years old. He moved along with his parents and younger sister, who was still a kid at that time. His family moved to live the "American Dream". Jon said that he was living pretty comfortable back in the Philippines. He lived in the "Big House" and that all the little houses that lived in his families property worked for his parents. So leaving everything behind, his parents decided to take the risk so that their children could have a better future. As many other interviwees said, starting a new life anywhere is difficult and that is what the Juen family faced, a difficult few years starting off in the United States, along with a new member of the family. But with a little help from his grandparents, who moved to the United States first, made it a little easier on them. Jon was young when he first moved to the United States so he didn't know what to expect. He did have to adapt to a new culture as well as learn a whole different language. He said that things were much easier and smooth once they got settled.

Even though Jon has lived in the United States for about 20 years now, he still doesn't see it as "home" for him. He still feels like the Philippines is home and that it always will be since that's where he was born and spent his early years. Since moving to the United States he has not gone back to visit but is planning a trip within a couple years to go back to the Philippines and visit his family that do still live there.

Juen Family


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