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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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Alicia Ohs, 2014 June 6

Biographical note

Alicia Ohs was born to a Japanese American mother and a white American father on a United States Air Force base outside of Landstahl, Germany. She was raised in Marina and Lancaster, California. Ohs attended New York University in New York City and worked as a dancer, teaching artist, and yoga instructor in San Francisco, California and New York City.

Scope and Contents

In the interview, Ohs discusses her racial and sexual identities; Japanese and American ancestry; parents' marriage and Christian convictions; maternal grandparents' experiences in a Japanese internment camp during World War II; involvement in theatre communities in New York City and San Francisco; experience during September 11 terrorist attacks; and an experience of an arrest in New York City. Interview conducted by Svetlana Kitto.

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

  • Arrest -- New York (State) -- New York
  • Buddhism
  • Christianity
  • Japanese Americans -- Evacuation and relocation, 1942-1945
  • Queer identity
  • Race identity
  • Racially mixed families
  • Racially mixed people
  • September 11 Terrorist Attacks, 2001
  • Sex role

Subject Places

  • San Francisco (Calif.)