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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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Janet Pinkowitz, 2013 October 29

Biographical note

Janet Pinkowitz was born to a Chinese mother and a white American father in Chongqing, China. She was raised in Canton, China and Springfield, Massachusetts. Pinkowitz studied music at Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts and worked as a librarian.

Scope and Contents

In the interview, Pinkowitz discusses her family history; Chinese heritage; and marriage to a Jewish American man and their children; impressions of communism in China; cultural preservation in the United States; and passing privilege. Interview conducted by Manissa Maharawal.

Related Archival Materials note

Oral history with Janet Pinkowitz's daughter, Emily Pinkowitz, 2011.019.039.

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

  • Chinese Americans -- Massachusetts
  • Chinese -- Massachusetts -- Springfield
  • Communism -- China
  • Interfaith families
  • Passing (Identity)
  • Racially mixed families
  • Racially mixed people

Subject Places

  • Guangzhou (China)
  • Massachusetts