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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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Emily Pinkowitz, 2012 November 12

Biographical note

Emily Pinkowitz was born to a mixed race American mother and a white American Jewish father and raised in New York City. Pinkowitz received a B.A. from Pomona College in Claremont, California and an M.A. in museum studies from New York University in New York City. She worked for the Lower East Side Tenement Museum and Friends of the High Line, both cultural institutions in New York City.

Scope and Contents

In the interview, Pinkowitz discusses her racially ambiguous appearance; mother's Chinese and American heritage; family’s Jewish traditions; childhood friendships; experiences at the Hunter College Campus Schools in New York City; and romantic relationships. Interview conducted by Manissa Maharawal.

Related Archival Materials note

Oral history with Emily Pinkowitz's mother, Janet Pinkowitz, 2011.019.067.; Oral history with Emily Pinkowitz's partner, Ari Joseph, 2011.019.033.

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

  • Asian American Jews -- New York (State) -- New York
  • Chinese Americans -- New York (State) -- New York
  • Education -- New York (State) -- New York
  • Interfaith families
  • Interracial dating
  • Jews, Americans -- New York (State) -- New York
  • Judaism
  • Passing (Identity)
  • Race identity
  • Racially mixed families
  • Racially mixed people

Subject Places

  • United States |x Emigration and immigration