Underground America: Narratives of Undocumented Lives - Olga, Abel, and Polo Summary & Analysis

Orner, Peter
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In “I’m Your Mother, Don’t You Remember Me?” Olga, a 39-year-old Mexican housekeeper living in Oxnard, California tells the story of her migration. At 14 years old, Olga was raped and conceived a child, Victor. Four years later, she conceived a second child, Sara. Leaving her family behind, Olga procured work in Los Angeles. Soon after, her kids joined her and they moved to Oxnard. It was around this time that Olga realized that her son, who liked to buy makeup and wear tight jeans, was different. Eventually, Olga began to think of her son as her daughter, Vica, and to realize how much discrimination transgender people face. When Vica began doing drugs, Olga asked her to leave home.

One day, Vica admitted that she was HIV-positive and moved back in with her mother. The HIV developed into AIDS, and...

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