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

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Collection processed by Julia Lipkins with assistance from Elena Locascio

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Yasmin Nagi, 2014 March 18

Biographical note

Yasmin Nagi was born to a Sudanese mother and a Yemeni father in Brooklyn, New York. She was raised in Sana'a, Yemen and Brooklyn. Nagi studied international relations at the City College of New York in Manhattan, New York and served as a volunteer and youth fellow with the Arab Association of New York.

Scope and Contents

In the interview, Nagi discusses navigating her identity as an Arab American in New York City and Yemen; gender roles and cultural differences in Yemen, Sudan, and New York City; and her parents' courtship, marriage, and decision to leave Yemen. Interview conducted by Amna Ahmad.

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

  • Arab Americans -- New York (State) -- New York
  • Cultural assimilation
  • Education -- New York (State) -- New York
  • Hijab (Islamic clothing) -- United States
  • Interethnic marriage
  • Islamophobia
  • Muslims -- New York (State) -- New York
  • Sex role

Subject Places

  • Bay Ridge (New York, N.Y)
  • Sana'a (Yemen)