The following list of question was taken from each table. They also include questions that we have brainstormed as an entire class. Questions are listed in NO particular order. You need to design your own list of question and put them in an order that makes sense to you. Using these as a guideline, I recommended that you choose those that will best help you understand you interviewee’s immigration journey. Type your own list and print 2 copies, one for you and one for your interviewee. It is not necessary that you ask all of these questions. The best interview will be one where conversation back and forth feels natural. For example, a specific answer may encourage you to ask “follow-up” questions. Those answers may lead to others. Try to think of the interview as a comfortable conversation. Relax and have fun!
What is your full name?
Is your name different in your native language? Pronunciation/spelling?
Where did you live before you immigrated to the U.S.?
What specific circumstances caused you to immigrate?
Was it a personal decision or one that someone else made for you?
How old were you?
What had you heard about the U.S. before you came? What stereotypes/expectations did you have?
Had you seen pictures or photos of the U.S.? What did you think of them?
What had people told you about the U.S.?
Were your initial expectations accurate? Can you give me an example?
Where specifically in your former country did you live? (great time to pull out your atlas)
What was your life like there?
What was going on historically?
Can you tell me about the government in your native country before you left?