Oral History Interview with Bishakh Som
Bishakh Som is the author of the graphic novel Apsara Engine. In the oral history, Bishakh describes growing up in Ethiopia and New York, studying and practicing architecture, "hatching" as a trans person, and storytelling through illustration.
State Senator Roxanne Persaud Oral History
Roxanne Persaud, a New York state senator from Brooklyn, left Guyana in 1984, at the age of 17. Her parents and most of her siblings had already emigrated from the country several years before, sponsored to come to America by a nurse aunt. Sen.
Salima and Aliyah Khan Oral History Interview
Salima Khan, a high school teacher and college adjunct lecturer in Queens, converses with her daughter Aliyah, an associate professor of English Literature at the University of Michigan and author of Far From Mecca: Globalizing the Muslim Caribbean.
Sheorani and Kamelia Kilawan Oral History
Sheorani Kilawan, a claims supervisor at the New York State Insurance Fund, speaks with her daughter Kamelia Kilawan, a journalist who worked most recently for Al Jazeera English in Qatar, at their family home in South Ozone Park, Queens.
Oral History Interview with Alok Vaid-Menon
Alok Vaid-Menon is a gender non-conforming writer and performance artist. In their oral history, Alok describes growing up in College Station, TX, connecting with activists and artists during college in California and subsequently in New York, their experiences touring across the world as a performance artist, and their journey of navigating gender through poetry, activism and fashion.
Oral History Interview with Jebaroja Singh
Dr. Jebaroja Singh is a Dalit woman, and an assistant professor of interdisciplinary studies including Anthropology, Sociology and Women and Gender Studies. She is also the author of Spotted Goddesses: Dalit women's agency-narratives on Caste and Gender Violence (Contributions to Transnational Feminism). She was born and raised in Chennai and is currently based in Rochester, New York.
Oral History Interview with Mimi Mondal
Mimi Mondal is an Indian speculative fiction writer based in New York and the first writer from India to have been nominated for any Hugo Award. She is a Dalit, Indian woman.
Parbatee Mohan and Dan Persaud Oral History Interview
Daniel Persaud, a musician, interviews his grandmother Parbatee Mohan, a seamstress from a village in Berbice, Guyana about emigrating, her expectations of life in the United States, working to build their American Dream and her recent visit to India. The interview took place in the enclave of "Little Guyana" in Richmond Hill, Queens.
Sherry Singh Oral History Interview
"Sherry Singh," a DACA recipient, is an aide at a public school in Queens. Here, she tells her story of coming to the United States "backtrack" from Guyana at the age of eight to reunite with her mother in 1996. This interview has been edited for clarity and to protect the vulnerable.