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Oral Histories

The SFA oral history program documents life stories from the American South. Collecting these stories, we honor the people whose labor defines the region.

ORAL HISTORY

Eduardo Rosas


Tequilas

Eduardo Rosas was born in Guadalajara, Mexico, and moved to Oxford, Mississippi at the age of thirteen to join his father and other family members. The twenty-three year old worked as a server at Tequila’s Mexican Bar & Grill, which opened 15 years ago, and continues to work in the Mexican restaurant industry. Rosas describes how Oxford has changed in the last five years as the town expanded, the construction industry’s growing demand for Latino workers, the challenges to incorporation, and the networks that have been fostered amongst Latino newcomers. Additionally, the interviewer and interviewee discuss discrimination and stereotypes, and bilingualism.

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Eduardo Rosas nació en Guadalajara, México, y se mudó a Oxford, Mississippi a la edad de trece para reunirse con su papá y otros miembros de la familia. Ahora tiene veintitrés y trabaja como mesero en Tequila’s Mexican Bar & Grill, el cual abrió hace 15 años, y continúa a trabajar en la industria alimentaria mexicana. Rosas describe cómo ha cambiado Oxford en los últimos cinco años mientras la ciudad ha crecido, la demanda en la construcción por trabajadores latinos, los retos de integración y las redes que se han desarrollado entre los latinos recién llegados. Adicionalmente, la entrevistadora y el entrevistado discuten la discriminación y los estereotipos y el bilingüismo.

Date of interview:
2017-04-03

Interviewer:
Katherine Aberle

Photographer:
Katherine Aberle

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