Chileans in Exile
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Interviews conducted since 1990 with the intention of preparing a book. The project was undertaken to give voice to prairie representatives of thousands of Chileans who fled brutal repression under the dictatorial regime of Augusto Pinochet of Chile. On those tapes they reminisce about political conditions before the 1973 coup, their capture and treatment in prison (including torture and "disappearance" of loved ones), their eventual escape or release from the country, the process of relocating to Canada, their treatment as refugees or immigrants; family experiences in learning the language and culture of Canada; economic difficulties faced in trying to integrate into this society; and in many cases, their dreams of returning to Chile. Contains references to the Saskatoon Chilean Association, the Salvador Allende Cultural Group, and the Chilean-Canadian Association, and to Saskatoon, Regina and Calgary.