Cultural and Personal Identity

History through Black Voices

February 15th, 2018|Categories: Civil Rights and Security, Cultural and Personal Identity, Narrators, New Orleans, Racial Inequality, Racial Justice|Tags: , , , , |

We're proud of the diversity of Black voices around the country featured in our oral history book series. From places like Chicago to New Orleans, these first-person narratives challenge stereotypes and misrepresentations of Black history and culture that are all too pervasive in mainstream media. To celebrate Black history today and everyday, here is a glimpse [...]

Eight Years After Haiti’s Earthquake, A Reflection on Life in Port-au-Prince

January 12th, 2018|Categories: Cultural and Personal Identity, Home and Belonging, Narrators, Poverty and Economic Rights, VOW Book Series|

Eight years have passed since the devastating earthquake shook Haiti on January 12, 2010. Today, we're honoring the anniversary of Haiti's earthquake by sharing excerpts from our book Lavil: Life, Love, and Death in Port-au-Prince. The following stories give us a closer look at the life, culture, and incredible resiliance of the Haitian people. The current rhetoric around Haiti has [...]

Razan Hussin: An Immigrant Student Inspired to Change Her Community through Oral History

December 26th, 2017|Categories: Borders and Boundaries, Cultural and Personal Identity, Education, Immigration|Tags: , , , , , , |

“There are times that I feel uncomfortable because of how people look at me as I’m wearing my headscarf. I’ve experienced some racism on campus.”—Razan Hussin, 19 Razan is a native Arabic speaker from Jordan who came to the U.S. when she was twelve. Being an immigrant student at Arroyo High School in San Lorenzo, [...]

New Americans Museum: Changing the Narrative on Immigration

December 14th, 2017|Categories: Borders and Boundaries, Cultural and Personal Identity, Education, Exile & Displacement, Immigration, Indigenous Rights, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , |

The New Americans Museum (NAM) in San Diego, CA has embraced a critical responsibility in American history and culture: promoting understanding and interaction between immigrants and native-born Americans. In the era of Trump, this is no easy feat. Shortly after the 2016 election, the museum was vandalized with anti-immigrant graffiti declaring, “Too much [...]

Amplifying Indigenous Stories

October 5th, 2017|Categories: Cultural and Personal Identity, Gender Inequality, Immigration, Indigenous Rights, Narrators, Women in Prison|Tags: , , , |

What’s Indigenous Peoples' Day? In 1992, the city of Berkeley, CA declared that the second Monday of October, also known as Columbus Day, would become a day of solidarity with Indigenous peoples around the globe. Ever since, the movement has spread across the country, from Minneapolis, to Phoenix, and recently, Los Angeles. In honor of [...]

Q&A: Alia Malek on Syria, Narrative Journalism, and the Power of Making It Personal

April 14th, 2017|Categories: Cultural and Personal Identity, Home and Belonging, VOW Editor Interviews|Tags: , , |

Photo: Peter van Agtmael/Magnum Photos In her new book The Home That Was Our Country: A Memoir of Syria, journalist Alia Malek (editor of Patriot Acts: Narratives of Post-9/11 Injustice) recounts her journey to reclaim and restore her grandmother's apartment in Damascus at the start of the Arab Spring. We recently had the chance to [...]

Dispatch from the Field: The Latest on Current Projects

July 18th, 2016|Categories: Criminal Justice, Cultural and Personal Identity, Dispatches from the Field, Home and Belonging, Immigration, Indigenous Rights, Labor Issues, News, Poverty and Economic Rights, Racial Inequality, VOW Story Lab|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

This summer, VOW's editors have been making big strides on their oral history projects. (Thanks in no small part to everyone who supported the Seed the VOW Story Fund Campaign this past spring!) Here are the latest updates on the next book in the VOW series, and the six projects currently incubating in the VOW Story Lab: [...]