Pradeepa Oral History Interview
Pradeepa is a Sri Lankan Tamil artist and multimedia creator, as well as a social activist, hailing from Minneapolis, Minnesota and based in Colombo, Sri Lanka at the time of this interview. She left Sri Lanka as a young child and grew up as an asylum seeker at constant risk of deportation in the United States.
Havovi Cooper Oral History Interview
The interview was conducted as part of SAADA's ACFP 2021-2022. This interviewee discussed her childhood and family life in a Parsi neighborhood in Karachi, Pakistan, her experience living as an international student in Marshall, Minnesota and eventually settling down in New York City.
Meher Oral History Interview
The interview was conducted as part of SAADA'S ACFP 2021-2022. This interviewee discussed her early life in Bombay, India. She described her memories of her childhood neighborhood and family life. She also shared her migration experience of coming to the United States on August 15th, 1990 and working as a librarian in Santa Rosa.
Tahmoures Hormozdyaran Oral History Interview
The interview was conducted as part of SAADA's ACFP 2021-2022. This interviewee discussed his early childhood and family life in Karachi, Pakistan, moving to a Parsi neighborhood as well as childhood memories of being a Zoroastrian in Yazd, Iran. He shared experiences of him and his family migrating to the U.S. and settling down in Centreville, Virginia for 30 or so years.
Kayhan, Teshtar, and Noshir Irani Oral History Interview
The interview was conducted as part of SAADA's ACFP 2021-2022. In this two part interview, the interviewees as a family shared their memories of moving to Queens, New York City from Mumbai, India forty or so years ago. They shared their memories of childhood and family life in Mumbai and Queens as well as their memories of growing up in the local Zoroastrian community of New York.
Zenobia Panthaki Oral History Interview
The interview was conducted as part of SAADA's ACFP 2021-2022. This interviewee discussed her early childhood and family life in New Delhi, India. She shared differences between the Parsi community in New Delhi and Mumbai. She also shares in detail her ancestral history since the British colonial rule in India. She described her migration experience of coming to Falls Church, Virginia in 1990s.
Zarrah Birdie Oral History Interview
The interview was conducted as part of SAADA's ACFP 2021-2022. This interviewee discussed her experience as a young Zoroastrian woman growing up in a Zoroastrian neighborhood in Karachi, Pakistan. She shared her experiences of moving to California in the early 2000s.
Pabitra Khati Benjamin Oral History Interview
Pabitra Khati Benjamin speaks about her childhood, moving to the US as a child, going back to Nepal with more privilege, and her journey to become an organizer. She reflects on race, caste, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, and the relative privilege Asians have compared to Black, Native American, and Latinx communities.
In this slideshow, you will see:
Fatima As A Baby
Photograph of Fatima crawling as a baby in Iran circa 1986. Fatima talks about her childhood in Iran where most of her happy memories are from being with family and friends. She was othered in many spaces but having a supportive family made the struggle more bearable.
Freschta discusses her constant struggle against societal gender norms and expectations during her interview. She wants her daughters to grow up in a loving environment and claim their space as independent women. She wants them to create their own definition for their identities as biracial women. She wants them to be proud of their Afghan, Colombian, and American identities.