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Guide to the Crossing Borders, Bridging Generations oral history collection 2011.019

128 Pierrepont Street
Brooklyn, NY, 11201

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Collection processed by Julia Lipkins with assistance from Elena Locascio

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Jonathan Blazon, 2012 February 25

Biographical note

Jonathan Blazon was born to a Chinese American mother and a French Canadian father and raised in Concord, New Hampshire and Brooklyn, New York. He attended the School of Visual Arts in New York City and the École nationale supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris, France. He worked as a director and managing partner at Primera Languages for Business in New York City.

Scope and Contents

In the interview, Blazon discusses his racial identity; experiences of racism and rejection from white Americans and Chinese Americans; parents' courtship and marriage; maternal relatives' Chinese restaurant in New Hampshire; and aspirations for his daughter to navigate her own mixed heritage. Interview conducted by Cynthia Lee.

Related Archival Materials

Oral history interview with Jonathan Blazon's mother, Bette Yee, 2011.019.021.

Conditions Governing Access

Access to the interview is available onsite at the Brooklyn Historical Society's Othmer Library and online on the Crossing Borders, Bridging Generations website: The Brooklyn Historical Society does not have permission to license oral history audio recordings or transcripts to third parties.

Subject Topics

  • Bullying in schools -- New Hampshire
  • Chinese Americans -- New Hampshire
  • Chinese Americans -- New York (State) -- New York
  • French-Canadians -- New Hampshire
  • Parenthood
  • Race identity
  • Racially ambiguous people
  • Racially mixed families
  • Racially mixed people

Subject Places

  • New Hampshire
  • Paris (France)
  • Park Slope (New York, N.Y.)