AN INTERVIEW WITH GRANDMOTHER MICHICO HIGA

Michico HigaWhat’s your name?
My name is Michico Higa.

When were you born?
I was born in Taipei, the capital of Taiwan, in 1953.

Where did you live and with whom in your youth?
I lived in a house with rice fields and animals to eat, near Taipei, with my parents,my three sisters and a brother although we were large families, just about 200 people.

When did you meet your first love?
When I was 15 years old on a holiday in Taipei.

Did you get married? And did you have any children?
Yes, we got married in 1972 at the age of 19 in Taipei. I married a Japanese young man who was called Tamashiro Ishimoto, with whom I had three children: Lucas, Heberto and Liquen in La Paz, Bolivia.

Why did you emigrate? And where did you go? Why did you decide to go there?
Because my husband’s family and my own family didn’t accept our relashionship. We left our country because it was the only way to be together and to be free. We went to La Paz because my husband had family there. His family had a company, so he would find a job for sure.

What did you do in Bolivia?
I just stayed at home and took care of my children. We lived there about six or seven years, and then we went to Barcelona, Spain.

How did you feel when you left your country?
I felt very sad and very bad because I had left all my family, my friends, my animals, my house back there.

Why did you emigrate with your family again?
Because the company went bankrupt and we decided to go to Spain in 1979, so that our children had a better life and a future with emotional and economic stability.

Do you regret something you did in your past?
No, my husband and I risked a lot. It was very hard, but in the end with much effort and work, love was the most important thing.

Do you still have contact with your family in Taiwan?
Yes, I visit them every 2 or 3 months.

Written by Teen Team (Cristina, Albert, Estefanía and Jessica).

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