Title: 'Paellas' in the 'Valencian Regional House' of Paris
Duration: 10 min., 18 seg.
Sound collection: Radio Paris. Ramírez/del Campo
Summaries: Datación aproximada. Entrevistas a un grupo de españoles de la Casa Regional Valenciana de París que celebran un día de paellas en la capital francesa
The creation of associations by the Spanish emigrants in France was not an innovation of the years sixties. Hence, there still exist Spanish centres founded at the end of the 19th century, which was the case of the Spanish Colony of Béziers, that dates from 1922. For its part, the 'Casa Regional Valenciana' (Valencian Regional House) of Paris was created in 1947, on the initiative of fifty Valencian workers of the Central Market of Paris. It was fruit of the migratory preexisting Valencian network, constituted by bonds of common origin, of helping nature (they provided all forms of assistance to the resident Valencians in the Hexagon), socio-cultural nature and, sometimes (especially along the sixties and part of the seventies) a political nature as well.
The information on the Regional House, on the other hand, is limited, and it does not exist any bibliography on the subject. Julián Antonio Ramírez and Adelita del Campo had a narrow relation with the members of the centre, both personal and professional, thanks to the Valencian Valencian relatives of Adelita del Campo (in spite of being Catalan, her maternal grandmother was native from Cocentaina, and some of her relatives lived in Llombai). Julián Antonio Ramírez recalls special moments of this institution in his memoirs:
"(…) The 'Valencian Regional House of Paris' (Casa Regional Valenciana de Paris) was a very active organisation, very levantina, as I would say, that in that period demonstrated a lot of imagination and initiative. It was formed by traders of the Central Market of Paris, the famous Halles, they dominated the orange sector, of course. It is necessary to highlight how much those men knew about the orange. They were what we call economic immigrants, as they migrated before the war. But when we mixed with them, some political refugees had reached positions in the management board and had contributed to give an anti-Francoist style that it would not be very valued by the orange big bosses (…)". (Ici Paris, 348-349).
Therefore there was a close collaboration between "Radio París", and the Valencian Regional House, which was used as stage for many of the broadcasts. Either because of the events, festivities and homages held there (every year during Saint Joseph festivity, the 'Fallas' are celebrated in Paris), or because it was one of the places from where the program "Españoles en Francia" (Spanish people in France) was recorded, as well as many other broadcasts. In fact, there were plenty of tapes kept in the catalogue that were recorded in this institution. Likewise, there was a fruitful cooperation between the Valencian Regional House in Paris and other Spanish institutions in France, many of them directly related to the exile. Such as the 'Spanish League for Men Rights' ('Liga Española de los Derechos del Hombre'), the 'Association of Spanish Artists and Intellectuals in France' ('Asociación de Artistas e Intelectuales Españoles en Francia') and the 'Council of Navarra in Paris' ('Consejo de Navarra en París'), among others.
This broadcast, in charge of Julián Antonio Ramírez, collects a series of interviews to diverse partners of the 'Valencian Regional House', during a day of 'paellas' ellaboration. It is about the origins and the most important objectives of the institution. But beyond the anecdotal things, the intentionality of the broadcast is obvious: to criticise the tourism politics boosted by the regime (nevertheless, it was the main source of currency beside the emigration), that was promoting a false and artificial Spain, that little had in common with the reality, being the "touristic paella" an emblematic example of that criticism.
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