Continuing the series, here are three more people I’ve met through this project.
10. Meet Jennifer, who works as a Nanny
I met Jennifer at a diner along with the girls whom she takes care of as their Nanny. The girls fondly referred to her as “Super Nanny” 🙂
Jennifer became a Nanny as a way to earn an income. She loves being with kids and she gets to literally raise these kids as her own. The job has its perks too. She has traveled across many countries, including countries in Europe, along with the families – all paid for by the family! The kids seem to know her inside out. As I asked her what she wanted to do as a child, before she could answer, one of the girls piped up that Jennifer wanted to be a bus driver! Turns out, it’s actually true because she had a crush on her high school bus driver.
Jennifer wants to work in a library. She likes reading a lot, and believes that once she leaves this family, she won’t work as a nanny anymore and start working at a library full time.
11. Meet Gina, who works at a Laundromat
Gina works in a laundromat in The Mission area in San Francisco. She attends to customers, takes payments, answers their questions, etc.
She comes from a very diverse family – her mother is Mexican, her father is Italian, and her husband is from El Salvador! And that’s what she loves about San Francisco, the fact that it so diverse. In fact, one of her best friends is Indian!
Gina says that the Mission has changed a lot since she first came here in 1993. The area has become much more expensive, and there are a lot of people getting evicted. There are also many more immigrants from other cities and countries due to rise of the tech industry.
Gina wants to go back to El Salvador one day. Her family owns a salon and a martial arts school there and she wants to help expand these businesses.
12. Meet Wang Tung, who works as a street musician in China Town
Wang Tung works as a street musician in Chinatown in San Francisco. Since he did not speak any English, our interaction was primarily via sign language. The name Wang Tung is my best guess at what his name sounded like to me.
Wang Tung was playing what looked like a traditional Chinese version of a violin. Despite it being fairly hot and sunny, he kept playing for a long time, as passers by dropped a few coins in his open case every now and then.
His music could be heard over several blocks in Chinatown, adding an air of “festivity” to the place. Unfortunately, I don’t think he makes much despite being a talented performer. Wang Tung is perhaps among the many who come to the US in hopes of a better life, but not able to really find themselves here. Wonder if there’s a way to help.