Niya Nyasha and Salome Mwangi

Recorded May 6, 2020 Archived May 6, 2020 02:41:28
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Niya Nyasha (21) talks with her friend Salome Mwangi (50) about surviving a massacre in Burundi when she was a child, being a "third culture kid" in the US, and how her "adopted grandmother" has helped her get outside of her comfort zone and pursue different paths throughout her life.

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NN recalls how she and SM met. SM reflects on how far they've travelled on the "path of sharing stories."
NN talks about the "grandmother she adopted" and how she met her, and the ways she's been involved in and impacted her life. SM reflects on learning to be a "cheerleader" for her daughter.
NN recalls how she "stepped into American Food" via her adopted grandmother's spaghetti and meatballs. SM shares the story of her daughter's obsession with mac and cheese.
NN remembers what it was like to move to Kentucky when she wanted to go to BSU and how she convinced her parents that she could live with here grandmother and go to BSU.
NN reflects on how her grandmother helped her when she got to Boise. SM describes what she's learned about "third culture kids," the kids stuck between the culture of their parents and their new country. She reflects on how this is the situation of her daughter and of NN.
NN describes her studies in college, how she wants to use her degree, and her plans to study abroad.
NN recalls, at 6-years-old, surviving the Gatumba Massacre in Burundi where two of her siblings were killed. She recalls not talking after that event and how it impacted her even after moving to the US.


  • Niya Nyasha
  • Salome Mwangi

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