Interview with Sanjida Yasmin (Redmond, WA)

The Zubovsky Project
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Jessica Bachman, Interviewer |

0:00 - Growing up in rural Bangladesh

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Keywords: 1971; Bangladesh; Bangladesh independence; Bhairab; childhood; East Pakistan; Meghna river; Microsoft; nuclear family; teachers; village

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4:21 - Early influences/Bangladesh national debate champion

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Keywords: 1980s; acting; Bengali; co-education; dancing; debate competition; debate team; Dhaka University; drugs; elementary school; English language, Bengali language; extracurricular activities; girls schools; high school; literature; play group; poverty; reading clubs; Soviet books

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11:11 - Emigrating from Bangladesh; raising American-born children with Bengali cultural values

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Keywords: children; civil engineer; culture shock; dance; Department of Transportation; heritagel customs; hospital; immigration; marriage; motherhood; referral coordinator; retail; Seattle; stay-at-home mom; undergraduate education; Washington State University

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20:32 - Finding a role model in Maxim Gorky's novel "Mother"/ reading Soviet books discouraged by parents, community elders

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Keywords: Anna Karenina; Bengali literature; birthday gifts; communism; community library; conservative society; elementary school; fables; illustrations; Indo-Soviet relations; Lev Tolstoy; Maxim Gorky; mentorship; Mother; parochialism; pen pals; play group; revolutions; Russian folktales; socialism; Soviet literature; The Golden Slipper; trade unionism; translation

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34:20 - Debate team is invited on exchange program in USSR/Sanjida dissuaded from going

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Keywords: 1971; Bangladesh; Bangladesh independence; communism; debate; exchange programs; geo-politics; literature; mentorships; politics; poverty; Russian Culture; Soviet exchange programs

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42:06 - Participating in Bangladesh's national network of children's clubs (Khela Ghor)/defying social norms for girls

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Keywords: 1960s; aunts; Bangladesh; children's organizations' mentorship; cultural events; empowerment; family; gender inequality; girls' education; grandparents; immigration; lending libraries; organization; positivity; riots; self-confidence; social norms; social roles; uncles; values; youth

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49:29 - Mother immigrates to Bangladesh from India in 1965 amid rising Hindu-Muslim violence and tension

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Subjects: 1960s 1971 Bangladesh independence childhood communal riots cultural environments Dhaka East Pakistan education Hindu-Muslim violence Hugli immigration India migration parents partition village West Bengal

53:42 - Reading translated Soviet books to understand poverty, inequality in Bangladesh

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Keywords: Bangladeshi social structures; children; economic problems; politics; poor countries; poverty; reading; social inequality; Soviet books; Soviet communism; worldview; younger generation

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