The experience I had at jackson heights was unexpectedly hard. When people are met with a choice to talk about themselves they were either very dissmissive, hesitant, or willing to talk. The only ones that spoke to the group and I were young men. Those young mens insigts about their neighborhoods varied and it showed to large spectrum of people that live in the neighborhood called jackson heights.
My visit to Jackson Heights was very interesting. It was my first time actually interviewing people. I already been in Jackson Heights and know the diversity and different ethnicities it surrounds. My group members and I were all very excited on this mission. We started asking workers but they seem very afraid of their employers. I mean I totally understand they were working and didn’t want to have any problems. So, we kept going to different places that had linguistic landscapes with more than one language. It caught my eye specially because of what I’ve learned in class about the use of multiple languages. Until, we came to a place named Costamar Travel we interviewed a lady she is Peruvian who worked in Jackson heights for 10 years. It went very well but she preferred speaking Spanish. Something that caught my attention during her interview was that for her the primary language in America Is English. I asked why and she stated “because we are in America”!!. We also interview a English teacher who help her students learn English from Zoni Learning Center. She was working in the neighborhood a couple of months but teach for 26 years. She is from the Philippines. It was very interesting hearing hard-working people speak about how people struggle to learn the English language but at the same time feel comfortable been in a neighborhood that mostly speaks Spanish. Some places only had Spanish menus, workers that only spoke Spanish. But, also had places that had both English and Spanish. I’m so glad I was a part of it.
Share with the class your experience: How was your visit to Jackson Heights? What challenges did you find? What worked and what didn’t? What would you have done differently? What would you change or modify for next time?
The visit to Jackson Heights was filled with good food, smells and sounds of a community filled with diversity. We found that people did not want to stop and talk in the rain , it took some finesse to have people talk to us. After asking people “are you in a rush” a couple of times and people answering yes and quickly dismissing us, we started opening up with “are you from Jackson Heights.?” After approaching people with a better conversation opener our interviews went well. We interviewed three people from different age groups, and ethnic backgrounds. The only thing I wish was different is the weather it was a cloudy day.
This picture took at the sunnyside in Queens. This picture include English and Korean. The store is a hardware shop.
Yesterday workshop was great! Thanks again Ryan for coming all the way to LaGuardia, we had a lot of fun!
I am sure that once you start working with yours apps, you will have some questions. Feel free to ask, share, comment here in this post so not just Ryan and I can assist you, but also your classmates. Some of you will have the same questions and here we are going to be able to help each other.
I cannot wait to see what you create!
These pictures were taken in a medical office. The languages that are used are English, Spanish and Chinese. These signs are there to assist their patients to be alert once coming into the office to sign in the screen below. On the other sign it is to have the patients give out any complaints or feedback they have on there experience in the clinic. It is very helpful to have access to many languages. It will make their patients feel comfortable and feel right at home.
a) These pictures were taken in Astoria, Queens on 30th Ave and 12th st.
b) The language used in the pictures is English.
c) The first sign on the left says “Super Fresh Queen Andrea” and the one on the right says “CRASH!”