Interview with Jose Rivera, December 8, 2009

Project: Hispanic Heritage in Kentucky Oral History Project

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He tells of his interest in music since childhood in Aguascalientes, Mexico, his participation in various music competitions, and his participation in the National Fair of San Marcos in Aguascalientes. He talks about how and why he came to the United States in 1996. He talks about the difficulties in moving to the United States and his effort to learn English so that he could function better in this (English-speaking) environment. He comments on his personal development and his music. He comments on his use of English at work and the necessity of learning the language in order to communicate with others and make himself understood. He also talks about the importance of everyone learning another language in order to communicate better overall. He mentions his experience in the Hope Center with vaccines and medical service in general. He describes a sad experience he had during his first years in the United States. He says that the biggest challenge has been learning English. He talks about the different opportunities to learn English in the Lexington community. He describes the Hispanic community in Lexington and his lack of participation in the various events. He talks about his music and how it is received in the community of Lexington. He also describes how other artists and art can contribute culturally to the image of the Hispanic community and of Hispanics in Lexington. He talks about his positive experiences when it comes to being accepted in the community of Lexington. He feels that a person can take or leave the negative and should sense that one does not have to change anyone. He talks of his opinion on the problems of the Hispanic community. He feels that there is a lack of information and education about the aid and solutions available for drug addiction and alcoholism. He talks about barriers and sacrifices upon coming to the United States without knowing anyone or anything. He discusses what the Hispanic community has contributed to Lexington - food, (Folcl?rico) folk dance, and traditions. He feels that Hispanics are valued because of their contributions to the economic state of Lexington, such as working in the horse industry. He talks about the need for people to win a place within the community. He feels that being a better person can help Hispanic people be valued by the community. One needs to cultivate relationships with people of different cultures.


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2011oh259_hhk005

Interviewee Name

Jose Rivera

Interviewer Name

Ivan Sanchez

Interview Date

2009-12-08

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Rivera, Jose Interview by Ivan Sanchez. 08 Dec. 2009. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.

Rivera, J. (2009, December 08). Interview by I. Sanchez. Hispanic Heritage in Kentucky Oral History Project. Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries, Lexington.

Rivera, Jose, interview by Ivan Sanchez. December 08, 2009, Hispanic Heritage in Kentucky Oral History Project, Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.





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