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Interviews 2019

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Alan Campora

As Interviewed by Eve Gottsman
"We're being honored more, thank God, than we were back when I came home in 1969."
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Sadia Tirmizi

As Interviewed by Sebastian Barrera
"If our elected officials pass a bill that limits somebody's religious rights, then that can be used to limit another group's religious rights because now you’ve started this domino effect."
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Bob Schdmit

As Interviewed by Eli Betton
"‘This is the weirdest and saddest part. My dad said, 'We talked to the minister, and he said it was because I wasn't a very good dad to you and I wasn't there enough when you were young and I’m sorry.’ "
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Rene Craft

As Interviewed by Elena B.
"One time we were swimming in a public pool, and a man said, ‘I don't want your weirdo kid to play with my children. Get away from us.’"
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William V Bridgeman

As Interviewed by William Bridgeman
"Take Dwight D. Eisenhower. He was the one that ordered the invasion of Europe..."
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Jason Park

As interviewed by Zach Harbert
"There's really no difference we are all the same on the inside"
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Isabelle Z. and Caitlin L.

As Interviewed by Skyler J.
"I think that it’s weird to feel lucky that you have accepting parents -- that should be kind of a given."
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Margaret Del Prado

As interviewed by Isa Lippman
"There was always a lot of prejudice in our small town. They didn't think you were ever good enough, mija."
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José Eduardo Pérez Gómez

As Interviewed by Hannah L.
"It’s a tremendous risk to come here."
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Mark Ramon

As Interviewed by Sofia Ramon
"Racism, discrimination, it’s not a black or a white or a brown thing -- it’s really just about any group feeling confused or worried about something new"
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Karen Crawford

As Interviewed by Aviva Shaevel
"Most people who immigrate to the United States really love their countries and really love their cultures and have all their family -- and if they could stay there, they would."
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Lucas A. 'Scot' Powe Jr.

As Interviewed by Nathan Williams
"If the jury had any doubt about guilt or innocence, they would find the defendant guilty and sentence him to be executed."
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As Interviewed by AJ Y.
"In America that if you really want to do something, you can do it. You have the opportunity, if you work hard, you will achieve what you want. And that is a fact. "
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Raymond Perez

As interviewed by William Yang
"Back then, when my mom went to the United States for work, I didn't really have an easy way to communicate with her, so we wouldn’t hear from each other for months."
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Kate Lively

As interviewed by Sophie Webster
"He actually was in a very safe place, but because he was driving on the truck through Germany -- it had lumber on the back -- and they shot him in the head, and he is buried in Germany."
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As Interviewed by Darren T.
"The Hukou system... is a direct cause of economic and social inequality... Lots of rural workers move to cities to get higher paid jobs... Their young children were left in the village to be taken care by grandparents... They usually suffer from psychological problems caused by the long term separation from their parents."
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Sarah Fontenot

As Interviewed by Amelia Taylor
"And that’s a good example of how crazy people are about this law. "
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Xixi Chen

As Interviewed by Sophie Sun
"Eleven and six year olds were starting stoves in their houses to cook so that they could save food tickets for their parents."
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Sreeni N.

As Interviewed by Aishwarya S.
"I believed that my fate, my future was based more on my caste than the merit of my grades. "
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Adam Levitt

As Interviewed by Aaryan Sharma
"He had a goat: a sacrificial goat."
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Mike Metke

As Interviewed by Ethan S
"Education really is more a matter of opportunity so some folks who are very, very bright and might change the world just never get a chance to get that education."
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Jennie Dutton

Interviewed by Sam P.
"I used to live in Brazil. Conditions out there were terrible. People were either very, very rich or very, very poor. And the very very poor were unbelievably poor. It was horrible."
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Janet Paleo

As Interviewed by John LaMair
"And it was the first time I could say that I was glad to be alive. And I thought that people should not have to wait for 42 years to be able to say that..."
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Antonio Mena

As Interviewed By Larry Migl
"Life gives you certain things and you just got to accept them. There's no use of having regrets or anything like that because, you cannot change the past."
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Genevieve Dell

As Interviewed by Bo Bednar
"Americans look at Africans differently than they look at African-Americans."
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Patricia Macy

As Interviewed by Catherine Bircher
"I think so because if you only know people living in poverty as “them,” or the other, or someone who's on the street, or someone who’s begging, or someone like that, and you never have a conversation with them and find out, they’re just like me."
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Austin Interfaith Volunteer

As Interviewed by Will Bolduc
"For me, the exciting thing about Capital IDEA is there was a study that showed that in families who have this Associate’s Degree, their children all went to college, which I think breaks the back of poverty."
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DeDe Church

As Interviewed by Sam Church
"And because so many voices started coming together, more and more victims felt confident to speak up."
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Gil Dawson Interview

As Interviewed by Sam Eccles
"It was such a relief -- my grandmother had died."
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Alex Gonzales

As Interviewed by Oscar Thompson
"If you design the project, or you design the house, and you put all concrete brick walls, then you’re gonna have to use artificial light all the time, and you’re gonna have to burn energy."
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Lida Huang

As Interviewed by Alex Huang
"Me, as an officer, I need to be forearmed, day and night, and with a combat suit, even during sleep."
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Thomas B Dunn

As Interviewed by Wren Heinley
"And one of the things I did is threw my ribbons back across the divider and said: No, I’m not going to be a part of the glorification of this war."
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Geronimo Rodriguez

As Interviewed by Chloe K.
"I knew that if you get good grades in the 9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th, then that counts for going to college. And my parents wanted to help me do that, and they didn’t have the money to send me to college, but they made choices..."
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Steven K.

As Interviewed by Ethan K.
"And also, to apply the scholarship, I also needed to be able to pass certain English exams..."
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Dianne Schultz Smith

As Interviewed by I.B.
"I always wanted to be able to vote."
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Ileana Armengol

As Interviewed by Logan Abounader
"We were always talking low voice, making sure none of the neighbors were listening."
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Hye Morehouse

As interviewed by By Jasper Buntinx
"They turned out to be communists helping North Korea. They tried to kill my father. My father had to run away."
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Jerry Adams

As Interviewed by Ellyce D.
"The FBI will be the ones that will come in and help them."
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Rebecca Bernhardt

As Interviewed by Duncan Findlay
"Prosecutors really prioritize winning over getting it right, police practices are not constrained enough... and our sentences are way too long -- we put people in jail for way too much time."
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Hisham Besheer

As Interviewed by Hazel H.
"I think stereotypes exist. I think they’re everywhere."
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Elaine Gutierrez

As Interviewed by Kyra K.
"I'm glad that we've got organizations now that are educating us and there's more awareness about autism now -- because I never really paid attention to it until my child was diagnosed with Asperger's."
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Mary Beth Gartner

As Interviewed by Ridley Ott
"I would always go as far back on the bus as I could get without crossing the line, because they didn’t want me there any more than other people wanted them up front."
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Bonnie Durkee

As Interviewed by Kristin S
"We are all part of the Island of Misfit Toys. We are all exceptional in our own ways."
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Vitaly Zavadsky

As Interviewed by Alexander Zavadsky
"Being Jew in Russia is not something I could wish on anybody in the world."
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M. Polk

As Interviewed by Clara C.
"This conversation would not even have been possible when I was in 7th grade. It would have been, just inconceivable. It would have been considered probably dangerous for a 7th grader to be around somebody who was gay."
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Amy Gonzales

As Interviewed by Carter Rose Matheny
"It’s like I’m not Mexican enough for Mexican families, but I am certainly not White to fit in with the White families. So, I’m just me. I’ve accepted that, but I do feel that, and I am aware when I am sitting in a Principal meeting and I am the only brown person in a room of like fifty."
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Everette Swan, Jr.

As Interviewed by Allee Esqueda
"The big thing about that races is if I don't win, you don't win and if they don't win, no one else wins because ultimately, we all need each other and all are the same as each other. I don't really see a race. I'd rather see us all working together."
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Michelle A

As interviewed by Ali A.
"Organizations like this make sure they don't get left behind."
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Sarala L. Peddinti

As Interviewed by Sathvik C.
"If equal opportunities of education and learning are provided, anybody can prove their ability irrespective of their gender..."
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As Interviewed by Julia C.
"...When I was a kid there [was] not enough [food] and a lot of people around the country [did] not have enough food to eat."
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Bella Comer
"My manager, the one who was supposed to be looking out for me, was taking advantage of me."
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Ruth Herring

As Interviewed by Caroline Cullinane
"... when the 60s came, the women looked around, their kids were gone, they had no professions, and they said ‘Whoops! What’s happening here?’ So, in that time, they had to have a whole new women’s movement, and that just changed the attitude of the country, the women protesting, that they’ve got a job and they weren’t paid as much is the men, and they weren’t treated with respect ..."
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Nell Edgington

As Interviewed by Henry Edgington
"As a woman, you know that stuff goes on all the time; you've been sexually harassed, you've seen friends that have been, it's just sort of known. But you never thought anything would really change."
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Juanita Flores - Smith

As Interviewed by Zarqa Fatima
"Discrimination is part of the fabric of many Americans at the time, and even now it is still part of the fabric of some Americans..."
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Jolanda Prozzi

As Interviewed by Eric Haney
"The neighborhood that I grew up in looked just like Hyde Park, except that everybody was white, and the houses are made out of brick... then there are large parts of South Africa where black people lived in very poor housing conditions -- shacks, mud huts, with no access to electricity or running water or sewage facilities."
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Dr. Juan Guerrero

As Interviewed by Gabriel L.
"We need try to help. We might only be able to help a few people but a few people is better than helping no one."
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Jade Morrison

As Interviewed by Amelise M.
"I was treated differently many times."
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Karen Prairie

Addy Prairie
"I believe, that people are naturally good, and that these kids are good, and that if they could just be pulled into something else, then they wouldn’t fall into gang life."
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Melanie Williams

As Interviewed by R.R.
"Women have to request promotions, they have to request increases in income, and have to go through doubt when people are being discriminated against."
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Micheal Custer

As interviewed by Oliver Roderick
"I was poor. I was so poor I lived in an apartment that cost me eighty dollars a month."
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Lei Wang

As Interviewed by Karly Shi
"Since you have to move on, you can choose either to be motivated or discouraged; because you cannot go back."
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Rose Ann Smith

As Interviewed by Lizzy Spedale
"I was in the 9th grade and it was the junior high at that time and they called all of the 9th grade students in the theater and the principal told us the we would be going to school the next year with black people."
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Marissa Vogel

As Interviewed by Sahana S.
"...it really helps to make people realize that homelessness is not necessarily just the guy on the corner you see that's at the the stoplight asking for money with a sign."
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Srikala Badrinarayanan

As Interviewed by N.V.
"Girls were considered liabilities, and to invest on them would be a waste of the sources, because they would go away after marriage to another household, and boys, after marriage, would bring in girls to support the family. So, after college, marriage was the ultimate goal for girls."
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David Peters

As Interviewed by Carson White Wenner
"Even if you put the clock in front of me, I wouldn't turn it back."
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As Interviewed by Ned Yu
"This included taking your grandfather’s land and dividing it away to other people."
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Tiffany Roberson

As Interviewed by Harrison C.
"The police drew a weapon on us and told us that we needed to get out of the street and leave the area. It was shocking to me because twenty to thirty people in the street, leaving the building and going to their cars, but our group was targeted and had weapons drawn on us."
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Jane Sylvia Clarke

As Interviewed by Sean Clarke
"When they would come in, I’d ask a lady, 'Could you tell me your job?' And she said engineering, and, well, it kinda shocked me, because, in my days, none of the women were engineers."
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Alton Cornella

As Interviewed by Megan Cornella
"... I could never understand how Americans could feel that way when their soldiers and sailors and airmen were there to protect them ..."
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Steven Johnson

As Interviewed by Landon C.
"I remember one time we were eating at a restaurant and we were eating, having a good time, and then the waitress brought us our check, and then she just stood there."
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James Crowley

As Interviewed by Josh Crowley
"If I hadn’t overslept, I might have not come back."
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Kat DeWees

As interviewed by Tyler Hawkins
"The march itself was unbelievably powerful. I was honored to be a member of this vast movement of like minded women coming together to make a difference. It was really the most powerful thing I have, and probably will ever experience."
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Melissa Walker

As Interviewed by Simona Kao
"Well, most of the hospitals here in Austin are Catholic, so they wouldn't condone a single woman having a child out of wedlock."
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As Interviewed by R.L
"Of course, it can still be difficult -- male-female couples have issues and difficulties, but it is just not the same level."
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Angi Menell

As interviewed by Ethan M.
"At the time, a lot of people weren’t showing up, but they were sending items – but they were sending random items, so you would have tons of diapers but just no babies to give the diapers to."
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Susan Eckel

As Interviewed by Claire Payne
"He was three and a half years old -- he was not toilet trained, he was still breastfeeding, he didn't wear shoes, and he had no idea how to deal with other children."
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Erin Argue

As Interviewed by Elise Ponder
"I think that everyone deserves a fighting chance in life. And sometimes people aren’t always equipped with the resources necessary on their own, and I’ve always wanted to help make sure that I can help the people who don’t always have the means to help themselves."
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Lina Padegimaite

As Interviewed by Rishi R
"The small here would be like a large back home. I mean, the size difference is huge -- and if you go to a restaurant, it's the same thing, like if you order a portion at a restaurant here versus back home. "
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Patricia Youngdale

As Interviewed by Anjali Ravi
"I was programming when I was pregnant with my first child -- and when you were seven months pregnant, you had to leave the work force. You couldn’t stay for the last two months. And they seldom hired anybody back who had children."
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Catherine Troberman

Berit Rusing
"Somewhere in all these years woman all decided that they had to work, they wanted freedom, they wanted to get out -- and that’s what they did."
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Vivek Sarda

As Interviewed by Ansh Sarda
"So you have to imagine, 40 percent of the population is coming from the caste system, and they had 87 percent of the seats. So the rest, 60 percent of the population, had to apply for 13 percent of the seats."
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Carmen Selvera

As interviewed by Mateo Selvera
"I never did fight for rights, I never did call discrimination, I didn’t do any of that I just tried prove myself and work a little harder or look for a place that I thought would be better for me..."
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Ajay Ramji

As interviewed by Manu Singhal
"I knocked at our neighbors and I was like ‘ I don't know how to use the fire extinguisher, can you help?’ And then she was like ’ I don't know either!’"
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Maciej Stoszko

As Interviewed by Milosh S.
"Many times I was wondering what it would be if I stayed in Poland, but you know I could always go back. And I could just pack my bag and decide, hey this American adventure is not for me, I don't care much for it and I could just go back."
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Guy Herman

As Interviewed by Seamus Harte
"When the Constitution was written, there was never a concept in anyone’s mind that anyone would ever have machine guns, Gatling guns, bazookas, flamethrowers, things of that nature. They were using muskets."
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Marylene Palard

As Interviewed by Zachary Vasseur
"Speech is a kind of traitor. It’s something that identifies you and you can’t hide from it. You are utterly dependent of your accent."
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Susan Hays

As Interviewed by Zachary W.
"That’s what this country is all about -- everyone gets to do what they wanna do with their lives, and it’s not my place to judge them, and it’s not the government's place to tell her how to live her life, so long as she’s not hurting anybody else."
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Susan Woldt

As interviewed by William Wheeler
"They would promote the men to managerial positions and not the women -- and so men moved into management a lot faster than women and made more money and had more authority."
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Rich DePalma

As Interviewed by Gabriel DePalma
"If you are a kid and you don’t have the opportunity to access a lot of academic programs, then it was meaningful. If you are a teacher and you want your salary increased, then it was meaningful."
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As Interviewed by Eliana Prozzi
"So, in terms of impact I think I only developed a political conscience when I was in university."
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Gonzalo Barrientos

As Interviewed By Luke Foster
"And going out there, I started noticing when I was five or six years old, the differences in people. I asked why we couldn’t go into the restaurants or the cafes -- as we called them then -- and they said that it was because they didn’t serve Mexicans. I didn’t know anything about that. ‘What? What? you’re a human being!’"
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Kwee Lan T.

As Interviewed by Ryan Y.
"Entire villages died of starvation. It was probably the worst man-made famine in human history."
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Yolanda Ocañas Argüello

As interviewed by Jaxie Niles Argüello
"Everybody was a stranger to me."
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John Boardman

As Interviewed by Sylvia Grimes
"I remember once in high school the local community theater put on a show, a play that had a gay character in it -- and the city pulled their funding from it, from that theater, because they had a gay character in the play, and that was so bad."
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Gopalsamy Ramaswamy

As Interviewed by Pallavi Gokul
"I was straight away, on the basis of my caste, denied admission."
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Dani Levy

As Interviewed by Gabbi Levy
"The government... definitely should be trying to do something more than they are right now."
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John Augustine

As Interviewed by T.E.
"I served a year in Vietnam in 1968, and that was a very active period over there."
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Norma Blancas

As Interviewed by Julian Anaya
"I don't think it's (sexism) really changed that much, the only difference is that women are getting better educated and are speaking out more...It's pretty much still the same."
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Meirun Lu

As Interviewed by Anthony Lu
"The Chinese tradition was, no matter where you are, no matter how far away you are from your family, Chinese New Year was always the time you come back for your family reunion..."
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Mariem Fisher

As Interviewed by Adam Fisher
"America is a symbol of freedom"
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