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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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Katherine Ambia, 2012 January 14; 2012 January 22

Biographical note

Katherine Ambia was born to a white American mother and a Peruvian father and raised in the Sunset Park neighborhood of Brooklyn. Ambia received a B.A. in Latin American studies from Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut, where she co-founded the Multiracial Student Network. She received an M.S. in social work from Columbia University in New York City and worked as a clinical fellow at the Yale Child Study Center in New Haven, Connecticut.

Scope and Contents

In the interview, Ambia discusses her racial identity; educational experiences; aspirations to pursue a career in family therapy; father's childhood in Chincheros and Lima, Peru; mother's childhood in New York City; and parents' courtship, marriage, divorce and work as community organizers in the 1970s. Interview conducted by Amna Ahmad.

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 -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Peruvian Americans -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Race identity
  • Racially mixed families
  • Racially mixed people
  • Social work
  • Spanish language

Subject Places

  • Peru
  • Sunset Park (New York, N.Y.)