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

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Mala Yee Mosher and Sham Yee Mosher, 2013 March 8

Biographical note

Mala Yee Mosher was born to a Burmese mother and a Malaysian Chinese father and raised in New York City. Mala attended the United Nations International School in New York City and Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island. She lived in the Park Slope neighborhood of Brooklyn and worked in the theater industry as a stage manager and company manager.

Biographical note

Sham Yee Mosher was born to an African American mother and a white American father in Washington, D.C. He was raised in an American Sikh community and attended boarding school in India for three years. Sham attended Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island. He lived in the Park Slope neighborhood of Brooklyn and worked as an artist and art teacher.

Scope and Contents

In the interview, Mala and Sham discuss their courtship and marriage; racial and ethnic identities; encounters with racism; and aspirations for their children. Sham discusses his experience growing up in a primarily white Sikh community. Mala discusses her experiences at the United Nations International School in New York City and traveling in Burma. Interview conducted by Angela Tucker.

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

  • African Americans -- New York (State) -- New York
  • Burmese -- New York (State) -- New York
  • Cultural assimilation
  • Education, Higher -- Rhode Island -- Providence
  • Ethnic identity
  • Interethnic marriage
  • Interfaith dating
  • Interracial dating
  • Racial stereotyping
  • Racially mixed families
  • Racially mixed people
  • Sikh Americans

Subject Places

  • United States |x Emigration and immigration