Andrew Thi

Andrew Thi
Recorded by Robynn Takayama
Cambodian Deportation

mower sounds
:20 two mower sounds
:36 one mower sound overrides the other
1:35 softer mower
3:11 two mowers/transition to Andrew’s mower
3:33 his mower dies down/starts up

what role do you play in the business?
:05 this is my dad’s independent contractor. He’s self employed. He be doing this for 20 plus years. Like general manager. His job is he basically do everything: painting, light plumbing work, gardening work, whatever needs to be done to survive in America. Me, by role playing his son, I do whatever I can to help him out. Making the job easier for him. When you’re by yourself, it’s a lot of work. Gotta mow the lawn, load the area, edge the lawn, it’s just so much work. But me, I’ve been doing it since I was 12 years old, since I was a little kid, so :42 I have a lot of experience to do all of this, so I just making the job go faster. :46 When you’re by yourself, it take an hour/hour and fifteen minues. :50 with two people doing it? 30-40 minutes. $30, you know what I mean? Somem place $50, some place $20. It all depends on how big the house is. Read more...

Singath Thi

Singath Thi: :09 Well, my name is Singath Thi. My brother and I are a year apart and we go to high school together and through the whole 4 year of high school from ’89-92, both of us do really well in school. :27 and we’re pretty close. We’re not like cats and dogs. And he do his own thing and I do my own thing. I do like sports: volleyball and badminton. He’s into wrestling.

He have friends. He hang out after school. And I guess maybe he just started hanging around with the wrong friends. :51 like after school. I mean, he helps my dad on the weekend. That’s the only time he works is on Saturday and Sunday, like 8 hours doing gardening work with my dad’s business. And I guess when he start hanging around with the wrong friends and friends from Oakland, and then meeting with the girls and having girlfriends, he just start cutting school for a little bit and I guess that’s when he start getting in trouble and people start showing him how to steal cars and 1:29 stereos and that he start getting in trouble in 16 y.o. That’s when he start doing bad stuff. But he still doing good in school