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Oral History Interview with Rula Walid Bibi, April 24, 2011

Description: Interview with Rula Walid Bibi, Palestinian-born immigrant to Plano, Texas, for the DFW Metroplex Immigrants Oral History Project. The interview includes Bibi's personal experience with discrimination of Palestinians in the Middle East, childhood in Kuwait City, education at the University of Kuwait and Midwestern State University, family experiences during the First Gulf War and circumstances surrounding her immigration to Texas in 1990, thoughts on religion, experiences as a single mother as well as experiences of living in Wichita Falls, Dallas, Richardson, Garland, and Plano. Bibi talks about her first impressions of the U.S., her career in medical technologies, her marriage to an American man and his conversion to Islam, her involvement with political organizations, and thoughts on American education and foreign policy.
Date: April 24, 2011
Creator: Abigail, R. Matthew & Bibi, Rula Walid

Oral History Interview with Pierina E. Mercado Beckman, April 19, 2011

Description: Interview with University of North Texas Professor Dr. Pierina E. Mercado Beckman, Mexican-born immigrant to Denton, Texas, for the DFW Metroplex Immigrants Oral History Project. The interview includes Beckman's personal experiences about childhood in Mexico City, relocating to the U.S., her decision to attend Graceland College in Lamoni, Iowa, her culture shock and homesickness, marriage to Curt Beckman, the decision to earn a Ph.D. in Spanish Literature from the University of Iowa, being hired at UNT, and her efforts to remain in touch with family members in Mexico.
Date: April 19, 2011
Creator: Clower, John & Beckman, Pierina E. Mercado

Oral History Interview with Alessandro Buccilli, April 6, 2011

Description: Interview with Italian immigrant Alessandro Buccilli, Director of Marketing and Sales Administration for Peterbilt Motors Company, as part of the DFW Metroplex Immigrants Oral History Project. Buccilli discusses his family background in Rome, Italy, his education, employment in the U.S., the shifts in perceptions about Italy and the U.S., social responsibility, learning English, his perspectives on the importance of language and culture, raising American children, and his legacy. The interview also includes Buccilli's comparisons of opportunities, bureaucracy, culture, and national immigration debates in Italy and the U.S.
Date: April 6, 2011
Creator: Alexander, Matthew & Buccilli, Alessandro

Oral History Interview with James F. Brede, 2011

Description: Interview with James F. Brede, dentist and U.S. Army Air Forces veteran. The interview includes his personal experiences in World War II as a B-17 co-pilot with the 8th Air Force in the European Theater, his childhood in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, enlistment in the U.S. Army Air Forces in 1943, preliminary training in Tennessee, Alabama, Missouri, Arkansas, and Texas, his active service with the 379th Bomb Group in Kimbolton, England, combat experience in 35 missions, return to the U.S. and continued military service as a flight instructor in Lakeland, Florida and Wichita Falls, Texas, as well as the return to civilian life, marriage, dental school under the G.I. Bill, reenlistment in the Air Force as a dentist, his deployment to Korea, his discharge from the Air Force, and the establishment of his dental practice and experiences since retirement. The interview includes an appendix with a copy of his book.
Date: March 30, 2011
Creator: Fox, Lisa A. & Brede, James F.

Oral History Interview with Armaiti Shahidi Fitzgerald, March 17, 2011

Description: Interview with graphic designer, business owner, and beauty pageant winner Armaiti Shahidi Fitzgerald, Iranian-born immigrant to Plano, Texas, as part of the DFW Metroplex Immigrants Oral History Project. The interview includes Fitzgerald's personal experiences of childhood and home life in Tehran, Iran, attending Al Zahra University in Tehran, coming to America as a young bride, attending the University of North Texas and finding a career as a fine artist in Dallas. Fitzgerald talks about serving as Mrs. International 2009 and establishing the Fight Oral Cancer Foundation. The interview includes photographs and articles about Fitzgerald.
Date: March 17, 2011
Creator: Kilgore, Deborah & Fitzgerald, Armaiti Shahidi

Oral History Interview with Pedro F. Franco, March 10, 2011

Description: Interview with Colombian-born oral surgeon Pedro F. Franco as part of the DFW Metroplex Immigrants Oral History Project. The interview includes Franco's personal experiences about childhood in Cali, Colombia, attending college and dental school in Bogota, playing on the college soccer team, and working for a new constitution in Colombia. Additionally, Franco discusses family background, his father being kidnapped by a guerrilla group, his residency in the guerrilla-dominated portion of Colombia, educational experiences in Chicago, returning to Colombia, his decision to come to Dallas after being threatened by guerrillas, the impact of his father and mother shaping his values and work ethic, dealing with American stereotypes of Colombia, the apathy of the new generation in America, the legalization of narcotics, his expectations upon coming to America, his thoughts on the importance of philanthropy, and the importance of immigrants in making American great.
Date: March 10, 2011
Creator: Nabors, Daniel & Franco, Pedro F.