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Guide to the Crossing Borders, Bridging Generations oral history collection 2011.019

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Sara Casten and Eduardo Cruz, 2014 February 14

Biographical note

Sara Casten was born to white American Jewish parents and raised in Massachusetts. Casten received an M.S. in historic preservation and conservation from the University of Vermont in Burlington. She studied art education at Brooklyn College in New York City and worked as an administrative associate at the Brooklyn Historical Society.

Biographical note

Eduardo Cruz was born to Mexican parents and raised in Hidalgo, Mexico. Cruz attended Centro De Bachillerato Tecnologico Agropecuario Número 6 in Molango, Mexico. He worked as a primary school teacher in Mexico and in the food services industry in New York City.

Scope and Contents

In the interviews, Casten and Cruz discuss their courtship; efforts to overcome language barriers; and impressions of familial structure, gender roles, and community in Mexican and American cultures. Casten discusses her experiences living in New York City during a recession. Cruz describes his immigration experience. Interviews conducted by Nadia Williams.

Conditions Governing Access

Access to the interview is available onsite at the Brooklyn Historical Society's Othmer Library. The Brooklyn Historical Society does not have permission to license oral history audio recordings or transcripts to third parties.

Subject Topics

  • Education -- Mexico
  • English as a second language
  • Interfaith dating
  • Interracial dating
  • Mexicans -- New York (State) -- New York
  • Sex role
  • Spanish language

Subject Places

  • Hidalgo (Mexico)
  • Massachusetts
  • United States |x Emigration and immigration