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(The New York Times)   A hurricane just hit your city, and one of the staff at your deli is laid up at home in his 24th floor apartment in desperate need of some lox. Sliced thin. You need somebody to schlep up those 24 floors. Luckily for you, there's a Sherpa handy   ( divider line
    More: Ironic, russ, Mr. Sherpa, Russ & Daughters, employment agency, Yiddish  
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2012-11-10 12:07:59 AM  
4 votes:
These are stories that make America cool.
2012-11-10 08:34:52 AM  
2 votes:

anotar: I guess NYC is still the land of opportunity if you leave your wife and kids back in Katmandu. I was pretty supportive of the guy until that part.

I take it you've never had much contact with immigrant workers, then. This is pretty much par for the course. I worked with a man from Kathmandu who sent all his money home to finance his children's educations and to have a very nice house built for the family. He was a real mensch and I always loved to hear the latest news about his kids and the progress on the house. His job in the States? He had his arm in a blazing hot tandoori oven making naan bread all day. Dirt wages in the States made for a very comfortable life for his family. He was a loving father and husband who worked his ass off for his kids.
2012-11-10 11:33:41 PM  
1 vote:

anotar: I guess NYC is still the land of opportunity if you leave your wife and kids back in Katmandu. I was pretty supportive of the guy until that part.

A lot of immigrants do this. Living on, say, $10-15/hr, for a family of 4, would be basically an exercise in barely scraping by (if at all) - a hand-to-mouth existence with the assistance of public support.

But if the rest of the family is back home, and he can send them $500/mo, they can live a comfortable lower-middle-class life back there, while he can still scrape by here, since he's alone, and can share living quarters and keep costs down.

Plus the wife and kids have the benefit of being with their extended family, and being brought up in a familiar (to them) culture. He always has the opportunity to sponsor them later for residency if they want to, as long as they are under 21 and unmarried.

I'd say it's a win-win all around, wouldn't you?

PS This is _extremely_ common in India. Where I came from (Kerala), at least half the wage-earners live outside the state (other parts of India, or the Gulf states), and send cash back home to support their families. They go home once in a while for, ahem, visits, but that's it.
2012-11-10 10:25:43 AM  
1 vote:

NewportBarGuy: These are stories that make America cool.


"A Chinatown employment agency found him a job at Sable's smoked fish shop on the Upper East Side. After 18 months he was hired by Russ & Daughters, where he learned how to work quickly during the High Holy Days rush, and picked up some Yiddish from Jose and Herman, two Dominican immigrants who have each worked in the shop for more than 30 years."

2012-11-10 07:30:02 AM  
1 vote:
I was fixing to get annoyed at subby until I read TFA. Nice!
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