Masala Chat Project - Ms. Shamiya Ghogha

Full Oral History Interview

Birthplace

Description

Shamiya Ghogha, 20, is a newlywed who is adapting to life in America. The interview includes discussion about her recent move to Chicago from India and her efforts to learn English at the Indo-American Center where she takes classes five days per week. Madhoodlica Dear of the Indo-American Center, a native speaker, helps translate questions and supplies Shamiya with answers based on their side conversations in Gujarati. Shamiya discusses coming from a town called Jawahar Nagar in Vadodara, in the state of Gujarat, where she lived and worked on her uncle's buffalo farm. She talks of her life on the farm, her arranged marriage to a young Indian man from Chicago, her practice of Islam, and her daily life in Chicago with her new large extended family.

Identifier

oh644

License

Creative Commons License (CC BY-NC-SA 4.0)

Date Recorded

March 2, 2017

Interviewer

Tamara Biggs

Extent

33:04

Date Of Birth

January 1997

Place of Birth or Hometown

Vadodara (Baroda), India

Date of Immigration

2016

Reason for Immigration

Marriage

Port of Entry

Chicago, IL

Occupation

Homemaker

Occupation of Parent(s)

Farmer (father); Homemaker (mother)

Number of Siblings

2

Family's Religion

Islam

Languages Spoken

Gujarati English

Schooling

public school in Baroda

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