Final Reflection: Letter to future students: Race and Oral History (HIUS 144) Hi all, welcome aboard! Congrats on enrolling in Race and Oral History (HIUS 144). I hope you all are excited to experience a new journey in the outer area of UC San Diego. In this course, you will have the opportunity to explore Southeast, San Diego and learn about the people and its history. I am sure you all have heard incredible things about this course thus far. I was unaware of how challenging this class would be and how much time it would require outside of the classroom. Also, it was theRead More →

Agazit Tesfai and I were connected through the South Sudanese Center. We’d never met in person before the interview, so I was trying to both interview and talk to Agazit, with the hope of also making a friend. If we end up getting that Ethiopian coffee together, then I’ll take that as a success. Originally, the plan was for us to meet at Geisel Library to do the interview in person, but because Agazit had to get ready for a class she was teaching. So, she was at her home while I was in one of the quiet study rooms in Geisel. We talked aboutRead More →

For my art project, I decided to write poetry, since I’m not as artsy fartsy with physical objects as most everyone else. “One”, “Imagine” and “‘He’ (for me) and ‘he’ (for him)” are a collection of short poems that reveal my innermost thoughts about both my interview with Agazit and my times at the South Sudanese Center tutoring young immigrant students from local elementary and middle schools.  “One” speaks to the power of one person, both myself and the young boy I tutored. I was afraid of making a mistake, confusing him instead of helping him. Behind that fear is the realization that I couldRead More →

This course, if we’re being perfectly honest, was both super fun but also a little bit of a mess. But don’t let that stop you, this quarter was the first time that HIUS 144 was supported, so some messiness is to be expected. I signed up for HIUS 144 after attending an event in the Cross Cultural Center advertising the course. I thought it would be interesting, especially the part about us partnering and volunteering with community partners. I was excited about the prospect of volunteering with fellow Black folks. The lectures themselves were pretty cool, including the guest lecturers. I actually knew Professor Amubaye,Read More →

I met Huda at UWEAST for the first time at an event called Urban Beats. We talked then, and we talked more when we met again at the Celebration of Africa event at UCSD. At some point it was evident that Huda would be a great person to teach us about hers and the larger Somali community in San Diego’s experiences. We conducted the interview at her home in Serra Mesa, and we discussed her life in San Diego to being. Moving beyond that, we touched on politics, community development, peace, culture, and the future. I found it interesting that Huda was so on theRead More →

The first impression that I had of Somali culture as represented by UWEAST was that it thet are an extremely hospitable people. That is something that continued throughout each and every one of my visits. I had always been offered food at some point during my visits, for instance. On this particular day, May 14, 2018 I was invited in to the kitchen. Cooking with UWEAST was a great experience, as food is one of the staples of culture, and learning to cook an East African dish was special. But I took particular note of how the women cooking in the kitchen, and the aromaRead More →

My art project was focused on the communication that underpins community. In my interview with Huda she stressed a communal mind over the indvidualistic mind. We spoke about how conversations need to happen if community will ever be realized and expanded. For my art project I decided to put as many people in conversation as I could. My exhibit was (and is) interactive, and I asked all viewers to contribute to it. Huda and I began by starting 3 collaborative poems. At the art exhibition at UCSD I asked the guests to contribute their thoughts to the poems by using the keyboard on my laptop.Read More →

Dear Future HIUS 144 Students, First off, congrats on enrolling in such an amazing class! You have chosen wisely. I honestly enjoyed this class because of the great site partners we had. I was paired up with CASA Familiar. I went to their art workshops which were hosted by Rizz. She’s an awesome local artist that came up with a cheap but well planned and effective doll-making workshop that serves as a conversation starter for local communities. Rizz explained that she didn’t see ethnic dolls when she was growing up, so she decided that a workshop where kids could draw themselves was a better representationRead More →

    I interviewed David Atalig who is the current CHE’LU president. There were some things that I was not sure I could relate to throughout the interview but I mostly related to the fact that both of us grew up with the ocean being associated with home. David also spoke about being from the island of Saipan but living through most of his career in the U.S. mainland and it made me think of how I feel like my home is split between places in both Tijuana and San Diego. A huge part of the conversation was about respect for our culture and whereRead More →

I was able to visit CASA again, and this time I went to their other facility where the tutoring sessions are conducted. Yesenia was there admitting the kids who were dropped off by their parents, or walked their from their school which was nearby. At first the only student present was a girl named Naomi. I noticed that she was pretty fluent in English and Spanish, although she preferred to speak Spanish. She was shy with us at first since we were new to the session. However, another tutor showed up whom she seemed to recognize instantly, and she opened up more by starting toRead More →