IOWA WOMEN'S ARCHIVES
UNIVERSITY OF IOWA LIBRARIES
IOWA CITY, IOWA
LYNN ROSE ATALIG
ORAL HISTORY AND TRANSCRIPT, 1999
history (donor no.692) was donated by Jennifer Manders
The oral history is open for research.
Copyright held by the donor has been transferred
to the University of Iowa.
One audiocassette shelved in audiocassette collection (AC 501).
Margaret Richardson, 2000. [AtaligAngelica.doc]
Angelica Lynn Rose grew up in
Garner, Iowa. She is the daughter of a woman who grew up on an Iowa farm near Tripoli, Iowa and a man who was a native
of Guam. Her father was drafted
while attending the University of Guam and served two years in Vietnam. Following his tour of
duty, he came to live with a sister in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. It was there he met his
wife, a nurse’s aid, while he was a patient in a Cedar Rapids hospital. Angelica is the
oldest of three girls born to this marriage.
Angela Atalig’s Iowa grandparents were against
the marriage, and her parents endured five years of being shunned by the
family. The arrival of Angelica, the first grandchild, broke the family
dissention. Soon everyone including aunts and uncles joined in celebrating her
Atalig describes travelling to Guam to visit her grandparents
while she was a high school sophomore. In addition to learning the preparation
of many foods new to her, she observed traditions such as traveling fiestas.
She found the people of Guam much more accepting of her family than the people
While a student at the University of Iowa, Atalig
became involved with many international students. When asked why she tended to
date international men, she stated that she liked learning about a variety of
cultures and took great interest in language study. In discussing her travels
in many countries she pointed out which societies were accepting and which
seemed to discriminate. For instance, in Germany people thought she was from
Turkey and treated her as an outcast.
After earning degrees in sociology and psychology at
the University of Iowa, she worked as a
residential officer at an Iowa correctional facility.
The Angelica Lynn Rose Atalig
oral history interview was recorded on November
17, 1999 by Jennifer Lee Manders in Coralville, Iowa. The interview consists of
one audiocassette and a 22-page transcript of the interview recording a young
woman’s life as a child of a bilingual, biracial family in a small rural Iowa community and at the University of Iowa.
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Folder 1 Atalig,
Angelica Lynn Rose