Questions with mom

Talking to my mom about our family history and traditions.

In Your Own Words with Jade Moses

As a celebration of Black History Month, February 2018, Middlebury College's Davis Family Library has initiated a series of oral interviews, "In Your Own Words." In them, Literatures & Cultures Librarian Katrina Spencer engages members of the community who trace...

“you were a little puny baby”

Though I do not see her that often because of the distance, my grandma and I have a close bond. Not only was life back home difficult to deal with, but the struggle of transitioning also took a toll of...

Sean Singh and Elizabeth Singh

Sean Singh, 43, interviewed by his wife Lizz (Elizabeth) Singh, 38. Sean and Lizz talk about their childhoods, meeting in New York City, and their two kids, Amy and Erin.

The Arduous Journey of a Young Immigrant

The following interview depicts the story and results of a big leap of faith. A family travels from Guyana to the United States for better opportunities for the following generations.

Brandie Staney and William Coleman

Brandie Staney (46) interviews her grandfather William "Bill" Coleman (91) about his experiences building the Tuy Hoa Air Base during the Vietnam War.

Coming to America

A short interview of a man who came to America in his late teenage years. Even though it was extremely difficult for him, he managed to go to school and make the best out of his situation. Today he is...

Irving Simon and Yohance Simon

Yohance Simon (42) talks with his father, Irving Simon (79), in celebration of Irving’s 80th Birthday.

Zoraida Lopez and Grace Ali

Zoraida (33) and Grace (33) talk about their friendship, their artistry, their immigrant families and Zoraida's pregnancy.

Sarah Padgett and Bunny Balbachan

Sarah Padgett (25) shares a conversation with Bunny Balbachan (59) about Bunny’s childhood, the different places where she has lived, her family, her faith, her career as a nurse, and the advice she would like to share with others.

Gaiutra Bahadar and Sunita Mukhi

Gaiutra Bahadur (39) and Sunita Mukhi (54) reflect on their similar experiences as women of Indian descent and immigrants to the United States. Gaiutra grew up in Guyana and Jersey City, while Sunita grew up in the Philippines.

Mystery Girl

I met my cousin in late 2019, she met me 12 years prior as a baby. I remember being anxious and excited to meet her, happy to finally fill what I felt was sort of a gap since I had...

Grand Times With Grandma

In this interview I interviewed my grandma. I wanted to find out what her life was like back in Guyana where she came from and what our ancestors were like. In this interview I had a grand time with my...

Joel Baxley and Nancy Baxley

Joel Baxley (49) talks with his wife Nancy Baxley (48) about his history as an art teacher, his life journey post glioblastoma diagnosis

Life Back Home In Guyana And Here

On September 26, 2018 in Bronx, New York, I (Shabeena Samad) interview Beverly Basdeo (Ms. Persaud). Ms. Persaud is a teacher at Mott Hall V, that teach Social Studies. She is 30 years old and is also a mother of...

Papa and Arielle

My Papa talks about how our family immigrated from Guyana to America. He talks about his childhood in Guyana, and transitioning to the United States as an adult.

I Grew Up With My Grandparents

Shafeeah Alli interviews her mother Shavanna Alli. They talk about Shavanna's childhood in the years leading up to Shafeeah's birth.

Interview with Wasim Rahim

Interview with first generation immigrant from Guyana—his personal story and opinions on immigration policy in the US

Thanksgiving interview

Here, I ask my father about his early life and what mindset he had when coming to America