Interview with Lydia Valencia on May 10, 2016, Segment 5

CENTRO: 100 Puerto Ricans Oral History Project, 2013-

Valencia discusses the family’s move from El Barrio to Mayagüez, Puerto Rico. She tells of the return to New York and the move to a cold water flat in Chelsea in 1953. Valencia describes Chelsea of the 1950’s—a neighborhood with a small population but felt presence of Puerto Ricans. She tells of her mother’s search for “nice” neighborhoods and what made a neighborhood nice: quiet, drug-free, safe, and where the bodega owner keeps tabs on your children. Also important to her mother was accessibility to other Puerto Ricans for cultural and linguistic reasons—neither of Valencia’s parents became comfortable speaking English. Chelsea is contrasted with El Barrio, a neighborhood whose vices made it no longer “nice.” When Valencia turned 18, the family moved to Jackson, New Jersey.


Date
May 10, 2016, Recording date
Interviewee
Lydia Valencia
Interviewer
Elizabeth A. Burbach Gallardo
Duration
8m 21.0s
Location of interview

Puerto Rican Congress of New Jersey

Language
English
Object Type
Moving Image
Identifier
LyVa.2016.5.10.5
Related Keywords
Community, Migration
Individuals or Organizations Mentioned
Juan Aurelio Valencia Aguardio, Virginia Rodríguez La Llave
Related Places
Lakewood, NJ (interview location), New York City (is referenced), El Barrio (is referenced), Chelsea (is referenced), Mayagüez, PR (is referenced), John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) (is referenced), Jackson, NJ (is referenced)
Related Dates
1950s, Date mentioned
Citation
CENTRO: 100 Puerto Ricans Oral History Project, 2013-. Interview with Lydia Valencia on May 10, 2016, Segment 5: LyVa.2016.5.10.5. Center for Puerto Rican Studies Library & Archives, Hunter College, CUNY. Web. 27 Sep 2020.
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Repository
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