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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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Andrew Hoyles and Nayantara Sen, 2014 February 14

Biographical note

Andrew Hoyles was born to African American parents in Watertown, New York and raised in Detroit and Okenos, Michigan. Hoyles received a B.S. in biosystems engineering from Michigan State University in Lansing, Michigan. He worked as a compost instructor and manager at the Lower East Side Ecology Center in Manhattan, New York.

Biographical note

Nayantara Sen was born to Indian parents in Calcutta, India. She attended boarding school in Dehradun, India and immigrated to the United States at the age of fifteen. Sen received a B.A. in English literature from Michigan State University in Lansing and attended graduate school at New York University in New York City. She worked as a project associate for Crossing Borders, Bridging Generations at the Brooklyn Historical Society.

Scope and Contents

In the interviews, Hoyles and Sen discuss their childhoods; courtship; experiences as an interfaith and interracial couple; encounters with racism; and impressions of gentrification in New York City. Hoyles discusses his family life and experiences with racism and racial stereotyping in Michigan. Sen discusses her impressions of British influences at her boarding school in India; relationships with family members; and move to Michigan as a teenager. Interviews conducted by Manissa Maharawal.

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

  • East Indian Americans -- New York (State) -- New York
  • Gentrification -- New York (State) -- New York
  • African Americans -- Michigan
  • Boarding schools -- India -- Dehra Dun
  • Interfaith families
  • Interracial dating
  • Hinduism
  • Interfaith dating
  • Racial stereotyping |z Michigan
  • Queer identity
  • Racially mixed families

Subject Places

  • Lansing (Mich.)
  • United States |x Emigration and immigration
  • India