Collection: BPL Outreach Program – Immigrant Experience

This collection was organized by Ghada Elturk, outreach coordinator for the Boulder Public Library until 2015. In these oral histories, immigrant members of the Boulder Public Library’s English conversation class interviewed one another about their home countries and their experiences since arriving in Boulder. Each narrator is posed with the question “Why Boulder?”

Semprum, Maria E. – OH1979
Interview Date: July 18, 2014

Maria Semprum immigrated to Boulder from Venezuela and had lived in Boulder for two years at the time of this interview. She talks about the landscape and culture of her home country, her reasons for moving to Boulder, and her … Continue reading

Tohno, Akiko – OH1980
Interview Date: July 18, 2014

After saving enough money to travel abroad, Akiko Tohno moved to New York City from Japan, hoping to improve her English. She met the man who later became her husband because they both were looking for conversation partners—he to learn … Continue reading

Zanatta, Maria (Lola) D. Sarur – OH1988
Interview Date: September 5, 2014

Lola Sarur Zanatta came to Boulder from Veracruz, Mexico, in 1996. She came here to take a job doing childcare for a family, but now works as a bilingual secretary in an area elementary school. She speaks about the beauty … Continue reading

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