Interview with Raul Lagos Espinosa, November 20, 2009

Project: Hispanic Heritage in Kentucky Oral History Project

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He introduces himself and talks about his first stay in the United States during high school. He speaks of his first job as an interpreter at the United States embassy in Chile and the change in the political climate before the presidency of Salvador Allende. He talks about his move to the United States and his first job as an educator at a public school in Paintsville, Kentucky. He describes his decision to stay in Kentucky and his experience getting a resident visa. He comments on learning English and his integration into American culture. He speaks of the cultural differences that he experienced, specifically with the customs and the methods of teaching. He describes his first experience with American food and the changes that he's seen in Chile due to the influence of American junk food. He comments on the linguistic and customary changes he experienced throughout the years. He talks about his family in the United States and the decision to not teach his children Spanish. He describes his experience as an interpreter and medical and legal translator for the Hispanic community of Kentucky. He talks about the pamphlets that he created to distribute important medical information to the Hispanic population, in addition to his experience translating the sale of horses and interpreting for Hispanic people in court. He talks about the Hispanic community in Lexington and how it's changed over the years. He also talks about the importance of learning English to integrate (not only the Hispanics, but foreigners in general). He comments on the Hispanic educators and their contribution to the American culture and the education system. He talks about social organizations and groups that exist for the Hispanic community in Lexington. He describes the work that he has done for The Kidney Foundation and his participation in Lexington's Health Fair which offers medical help to the Hispanic community. He tells about his experience as a bilingual medical interpreter and the importance of the language in transactions between patients, doctors, and the pharmacists. He describes his "Americanization" after being in Kentucky so many years and the estrangement he has experienced from the Chilean culture. He talks about the way he shares the Latino culture through teaching.

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2011oh262_hhk008

Interviewee Name

Raul Lagos Espinosa

Interviewer Name

Mirta Rimolo

Interview Date

2009-11-20

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Espinosa, Raul Lagos Interview by Mirta Rimolo. 20 Nov. 2009. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.

Espinosa, R.L. (2009, November 20). Interview by M. Rimolo. Hispanic Heritage in Kentucky Oral History Project. Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries, Lexington.

Espinosa, Raul Lagos, interview by Mirta Rimolo. November 20, 2009, Hispanic Heritage in Kentucky Oral History Project, Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.





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