In spite of all the obstacles and everything I did achieve
enough of a, a degree of success that um I'm gonna be around
Folks are gonna turn on the late show and speed is gonna be on
Let's begin the way we do with all of these interviews with
your name and, and nationality.
I am Carlos Enrique Carrasco Mandeville.
You can't be Latino and not have four names, you know, and I'm
from Panama at uh at, at, at what age Carlos did you come to the
Around age 20 might have been 21 2021 prior to coming.
Did you ever envision yourself leaving Panama for the US?
Well, what happened is that I got exposed to American culture
down there because when I was growing up, um the, the US was
a big presence there.
The, the United States has been a presence in Panama, like
really a presence since the California gold rush.
A lot of people don't realize this but the California gold
rush happened through Panama because it was a lot easier then
to steam down from the east coast, go overland in Panama.
Panama's only 38 miles wide and then steam up to San Francisco
to go do the gold rush.
So in that traffic, it was kind of like the first time that Americans
really started to uh establish a presence there.