Enterprise Story Update#1

When we walk the streets, we can find a lot of non-English signs (“Peligro, Area De Construccion”). When we get on a bus, we can hear which side of the doors you get off in Spanish (“Se abrea a la derecha”). Spanish is everywhere in the United States, and a city of Eugene is not an exception. According to City-Data.com, a number of Hispanic populations in Eugene, Ore., is 9,792, which is 6.4% of the whole race. However, not all of them can speak enough English to live in the US. Downtown Languages, a nonprofit organization located in downtown Eugene, is helping those Hispanic populations who need supports, not only with English skills but also computer skills and civic studies.

My enterprise story is about the difficulties that immigrants, especially Spanish speaking populations, face in downtown Eugene, and how nonprofit organizations help them.

My concern so far is that whether I could get enough interviews from the actual immigrants, who might be very sensitive and sometimes do not want to be on a blog. Also, I am still working on additional sources.

About mikanakazawa

Journalism student at University of Oregon, who speaks native Japanese.
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