Kasim Hessen was born in a village in Southern Ethiopia in 1989. He received a Bachelor’s degree in Biology from San Diego State University and now works in the medical field as a research respiratory therapist in neonatal intensive care. He explains how fables were the foundation of education, oral tradition was a significant part of family, and the ability to recall has strengthened his ability to recollect. In this interview he speaks about learning English at the age of 8 when he immigrated to the United States, the importance of oral histories, the African American experience in America, gender inequality, and staying connected to his community. The interview was conducted on May 20, 2018 by UCSD student Najah Ahmed.