Carol Rodgers is the first generation daughter of Costa Rican immigrants Juan and Sally Bonilla, who entered the U.S. in the early 1960s. Carol’s niece, Miranda Harding, facilitates a discussion of Carol’s life, who spent her childhood in La Puente, California. The Bonillas moved to Costa Rica for a year when Carol was young before she reentered and finished school in La Puente. While on summer vacation in Oregon, Juan finds a farm house that he loves, causing the Bonillas to relocate to Hillsboro. Carol quickly found love and has spent 30 years raising her family in Hillsboro while working as a judge’s assistant for Washington County.
I am Miranda Harding and I am completing an undergraduate degree in Anthropology with a double concentration in cultural anthropology and archaeology and a minor in History. Latino Roots I and II gave me invaluable insight into the process of conducting research with living people towards the goal of forming a coherent narrative.