Green, Bernice (11 of 25). Food: From Source to Salespoint

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  • Subjects

    Caribbean cuisine; Caterers

  • Recording date

    2001-01-08, 2001-01-19, 2001-01-30, 2001-02-06, 2002-01-21, 2001-02-27, 2001-03-05, 2001-03-13

  • Recording locations

    Interviewee's home, Leicester

  • Interviewees

    Green, Bernice, 1937- (speaker, female)

  • Interviewers

    Russell, Polly (speaker, female)

  • Abstract

    Part 11: Tape 7 Side A: Aged 11 BG changed school and moved to the large senior school. Describes classes and school. Reflects on domestic science classroom and classes. Anecdote about father’s love of eating. Talks about a domestic science teacher who she particularly liked. Reflects on awareness of race and skin colour. Describes first encountering racism in UK. Describes arriving in UK and going to work. Started work the day after arriving in the UK. Describes domestic science teacher who was a perfectionist. Feels she may be dyslexic.BG left school in 1953 when there was a terrible hurricane and people made homeless had to live in the school. BG 14 and went to private school for two terms before her step-mother died and no one could pay fees. Feels her lack of confidence in English hampered her career and prevented her feeling able to train as a nurse. When a young girl BG wanted to be a hairdresser but mother thought she should train as a dress maker. BG did not enjoy doing dressmaking and was half hearted. Went to dressmaking classes every day for half a year and then got a job in a shoe factory stitching uppers.

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