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 →

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 →

    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 →

For my art project, I tried to encompass my experience hear at UCSD with my interview recording. I was able to record a local family friend who was born in El Salvador and immigrated to the States when she was eight. She told me that she lived in Mexico for about a year before coming to the US in order for her family to earn some money to pay for the traveling expenses. The reason that her family left El Salvador was due to the Salvadorian Civil war that began in 1980. She told me about her upbringing here in the States as a childRead More →

The final art reception was an amazing experience! I enjoyed creating and coming up with my art project, which was a poem and an interactive portion where folks could plant their own seeds of jalapeño, cilantro, tomate, and cebolla to take home. I forgot to take a picture during the reception of folks doing their plants, but our TA Yessica video recorded me and others at my station. I decided to have a planting station for my art project because when helping at the youth center at Casa Familiar, they mentioned how they used to have a garden for the students. Then during my time withRead More →

My interviewee, who wishes to remain anonymous, is a refugee who migrated to the United States from Egypt. She was born in Somalia and raised in Egypt until she arrived in the U.S. and has managed to practice and value her culture. For my art project, I wanted to show how culture is passed on by family members. To represent the creation of culture I used two wooden trees and placed them down opposite to each other to indicate that culture is like a tree that grows, but sometimes when we are far from home we don’t know much about it. So, in order toRead More →

    My art project reflects a few of the essential features my interviewee Jama Mohamed shared with me during our interview on May 24, 2018. In our interview, we spoke about his commitment to working at United Women East Africa (UWEAST) center and helping underserved children in his community. Some of the work Jama does at UWEAST evolves on helping youth with mental health issues such as anxiety, depression, and developed trauma. What he spoke about mental health is an issue many people experience on a day-to-day basis. However, through his time working at UWEAST, Jama connects and helps the children with any serviceRead More →

  I interviewed Meshate Mengistu who I met at the Southern Sudanese Community Center during my third site visit. Meshate Mengistu is the Community Health Organizer for UWEAST, she organizes doctors to come visit the center once a month. The interview took place at UWEAST on May 22, 2018. Meshate is extremely passionate about every topic we talked about as she goes in depth about her Ethiopian and American background, family, culture, traditions, her memories, as well as how she navigates her community in San Diego. For the project I was inspired by our entire conversation, I wanted to create an image that displays whatRead More →

      For my oral history project, I decided to work with the señoras from the knitting circle at Casa Familiar. It was a really beautiful experience and everytime I went there was a lot of positive energy within the space which leaves you wanting to come back. The first time I went, I didn’t bring anything to crochet with and I just listened to their stories. They have a lot of knowledge and experiences to share and they do so while they crochet/knit. I told them I was going to come back with all my crochet materials so I can join them. SometimeRead More →

  Bun is the traditional coffee ceremony of Eritrea and Ethiopia. Fresh coffee beans are roasted until dark, and are offered around the room for guests to smell after. The coffee is then ground, and ginger is added before the coffee is placed in the jebena, or the clay pot used for pouring the prepared coffee. It is served in small cups called finjal accompanied by sugar and milk, and there is typically kitcha, popcorn, or some form of sweets to be eaten with the coffee. Additionally, etan, an incense-like fragrant powder is burned atop hot charcoal to provide a wonderful aroma to the room.Read More →