Hello everyone! My name is Giselle Beltran and I’m a senior at CSU, Fullerton. I come from a family of six, being the middle child out of all my 3 sisters. I guess I can say growing up without a brother was fun since all I ever hear through my friends is that brothers were a pain in the… (pues ya saves que) I was born in the county seat of Orange County and for those of you who don’t know by now; it’s the city of Santa Ana. My father was also born in Orange County in the city of Fountain Valley, CA. My mama was born in Michoacán BUT was raised in the USA. As a nine year old, her familia moved to Huntington Beach, CA and according to her, she felt out of place. Going to school with so many gringos made her feel out of place; especially because she didn’t know the language. Finally, her familia moved to Santa Ana where she felt a little more accepted. Anyways, know that I’ve talked a little about myself and where I come from, I will now briefly talk about my topic and why I chose it.
I love ice cream, who doesn’t? Have you ever wondered why people walk around in the loco summer heat sweating looking like zombies all just to make a couple bucks here and there selling ice cream? I’m a people person and I was always curious as to the reasons why they’re doing it. I’m interested to know about where they come from, what got them into doing it, when’s their high peak/ low peak month’s when selling, and about their familia’s. Because I ask myself these questions, I decided I was going to do my projecto on paleteros!
Interviews and maybe even taking videos with their permission is how I’m going to document my research on paleteros in Santa Ana so stay tuned for weekly updates.