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"We Became Mexican American: How Our Immigrant Family Survived to Pursue The American Dream" PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 29 November 2012 03:22

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Author Carlos B. Gil in his new book, "We Became Mexican American How Our immigrant Family Survived to Pursue The American Dream," tells his family's story, arriving in the United States in the 1920's. Gil documents the route his family took traveling over several years to the border, crossing at Nogales, Arizona and settling in the City of San Fernando. Gil's family celebrated their family history and the completion of the book at a family luncheon held at San Fernando Recreational Park Wednesday, Nov.28. His oldest sister, Mary Gil Valdez brought Mexican artwork of a woman rolling out tortillas the traditional way that she said reminded her of her family's history in San Fernando. "My grandmother used a metate. She opened up a La Esperanza Tortilleria on Hewitt Street which later moved to Kalisher Street." She posed for a photo with her brother Gil and family friend Rosie Arviso. "Rosie's grandmother was one of the original workers in the tortilleria and later her mother also worked there." Gil, an emeritus professor of history at the University of Washington now lives in Seattle, Washington. Gil spoke at the San Fernando library during his "visit home" and is expected to return to the San Fernando Valley next spring for speaking engagements. Read The San Fernando Valley Sun/El Sol interview with Gil in next week's edition.

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