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

128 Pierrepont Street
Brooklyn, NY, 11201

Brooklyn Historical Society

Collection processed by Julia Lipkins with assistance from Elena Locascio

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Leila Tamari, 2014 February 23

Biographical note

Leila Tamari was born in New York City to a Haitian mother and a French Jewish father in New York City. Tamari received a B.A. in art history from Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts. She lived in the Crown Heights neighborhood of Brooklyn and worked as a programming coordinator at Creative Time, a public arts organization in New York City.

Scope and Contents

In the interview, Tamari discusses her ethnic and racial identities; experiences with interracial dating; parents' courtship, marriage, and relationships with extended family members; father's cultural and religious identities; mother's immigration to the United States from Haiti; and impressions of gentrification in New York City. Interview conducted by Kendra Danowski.

Conditions Governing Access

Access to the interview is available onsite at the Brooklyn Historical Society's Othmer Library. The Brooklyn Historical Society does not have permission to license oral history audio recordings or transcripts to third parties.

Subject Topics

  • Education, Higher -- Massachusetts -- Northampton
  • Ethnic identity
  • Gentrification -- New York (State) -- New York
  • Haitians -- New York (State) -- New York
  • Race identity
  • Racially mixed families
  • Racially mixed people
  • Religious identity

Subject Places

  • Crown Heights (New York, N.Y.)
  • Israel
  • Morningside Heights (New York, N.Y.)
  • Palestine
  • United States |x Emigration and immigration