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Dominican Republic

From: Radio Rookies
Length: 08:10

Angely Tavares considers her parents choice to immigrate to New York city for a better life from her beloved Domincan Republic.

Angely_small Angely has family in the Dominican Republic, and she goes there every year for vacation. She adores the Dominican Republic and often wishes she lived there, instead of the Lower East Side of Manhattan. But many Dominicans, like Angely's father and grandfather, immigrate to New York for a "better life." Angely's not sure they're making the right choice.

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Angely has family in the Dominican Republic, and she goes there every year for vacation. She adores the Dominican Republic and often wishes she lived there, instead of the Lower East Side of Manhattan. But many Dominicans, like Angely's father and grandfather, immigrate to New York for a "better life." Angely's not sure they're making the right choice.

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Review of Dominican Republic

What is life like in the bustle of New York City versus the more laid back life of the Dominican Republic? In particular what is it like for a teenager straddling both places? Angely gives us a portrait of her struggle to identify with her homeland of NYC and her ancestral homeland of DR. The Dominican Republic seems to have a stronger family culture, a less hectic pace and wonderful sandy beaches and clear water. Most of us know NYC as least from the movies, with its frenzied pace and endless landscape of concrete, brick and steel.

I like this story for the intimacy and narrative. She also has good interviews and uses the interviews and music well to help the flow of the story. It's also good to hear why she wants to stay in NYC. Her voice is pleasant and engaging.

I would have to liked to hear more from Angely about her impressions of NYC. Is there a strong community of ex-pats from the DR in NYC? How does she identify with NYC? I also thought it would have helped to move up the portion about why her family came to NYC and why they stayed. I felt this was an open question for too long in the story.

This would work well for a drop in piece for the weekend magazines, Day to Day or Weekend America. It would also work on Latino USA. Consider packaging a few of the Radio Rookies pieces together for a strong half-hour segment.

Broadcast History

This piece aired on WNYC in 2002.

Timing and Cues

IMPORTANT NOTE: Please use the suggested host intro and outro. If you would like to re-write the intro, please email radiorookies@wnyc.org.

HOST INTRO: Angely (an-JAH-lee) Tavares (ta-VAH-res)has family in the Dominican Republic, and she goes there every year for vacation. She adores the D..R. and often wishes she lived there, instead of the Lower East Side of Manhattan. But many Dominicans, like Angely's father and grandfather, immigrate to New York for a "better life." Angely's not sure they're making the right choice.

HOST OUTRO:
This story was produced by Czerina Patel with assistance from Michael Kavanagh of WNYC's Radio Rookies. To learn more, go to WNYC.ORG.

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