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Ronald & Nadia Andrés Interview

Andres 8.13.16 -P.pdf

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Ronald Andres:

"The signage, the flickering lights on the signage, it was fascinating to me, you know all sorts of colors, and it was it was probably late afternoon, early evening, so that was a real you know lightning at that time of day, it was such a contrast. And the streets were illuminated by the lighting. I just found that fascinating, just on the drive from O'Hare to Hyde Park."

"I tell you one of the worst experiences that I had was on the flight, on the flight, on the flight to the states from Haiti. We first landed in JFK and then took a connected flight to Chicago, but I remember they served me some kind of chicken on that flight. It was horrible. Right. Because, right. So, we Haitians have a particular taste, right? Of food. Flavors of food. So, and of course, in Haitian society there is a certain decor. So, the chicken was horrible. I took a couple bites, didn't know what to do with it. So, I didn't want to kind of leave it on my plate. So, I stuck it between the seats."

Nadia Andres:

"Well, to me my community is where I can meet people with... similar values, OK? People with whom I share you know certain things in common, if not everything, but certain things in common. I can say that I live in different communities as we speak now. I raise my children bilingual. So, I have one community of a lot of French speakers. We do a lot of things together. I have my Haitian community. We do a lot of things together. I have also a few American friends also, and we don't do as much things together because as year go by I feel like I am less inclined to speak English, you know. So, I seem to spend more time doing all kinds of things for example with my francophone friends, we walk together, you know we do things, we exercise together, we do a bunch of things together. My Haitian friends, we have a book club, we have the church, we have all these things, you know. So, from these two sub-communities, my American friends is just a very small group."

Ronald & Nadia Andrés Interview