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

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Manissa Maharawal, 2014 May 22

Biographical note

Manissa Maharawal was born to a white American mother and an Indian father in New York City. She was raised in the Prospect Heights and Park Slope neighborhoods of Brooklyn. Maharawal received a B.A. from Sarah Lawrence College in Bronxville, New York. She pursued a Ph.D. in anthropology at the Graduate Center at City University of New York.

Scope and Contents

In the interview, Maharawal discusses her racial identity; childhood in the Prospect Heights neighborhood of Brooklyn; academic and social experiences in public and private schools; impressions of gentrification in Brooklyn, New York; and experiences with racism and prejudice following the 1991 Crown Heights Riots and the September 11, 2001 Terrorist Attacks. Interview conducted by Svetlana Kitto.

Related Archival Materials note

Oral history with Manissa Maharawal's brother, Hansraj Maharawal, 2011.019.034.; oral history with Manissa Maharawal's cousin, Neela Miller, 2011.019.079.; oral history with Manissa Maharawal's cousin, Rajiv Miller, 2011.019.092.; oral history with Manissa Maharawal's partner Zoltan Gluck, 2011.019.094.

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

  • Bullying in schools -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • East Indian Americans -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Education -- New York (State) -- New York
  • Gentrification -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Race identity
  • Racially mixed families
  • Racially mixed people
  • Riots -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • September 11 Terrorist Attacks, 2001

Subject Places

  • India
  • Prospect Heights (New York, N.Y.)
  • United States |x Emigration and immigration