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Somali Skyline Tower Oral History Project: Interview with Mohamed Jama

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Description BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION: Mohamed Jama was born in Nairobi, Kenya but grew up in Somalia. Jama moved to Minnesota in 1992 with his immediate family and currently works as a teen outreach worker for the Street Works program. SUBJECTS DISCUSSED: Growing up in Somalia; traveling conditions when coming to the United States; first impressions of the United States; cultural differences; hearing stories about the United States from his father; expectations of Minnesota; life in Minnesota; the language barrier; lack of resettlement support networks in the early 1990s; gang issues in Minneapolis; positives of moving to the United States; working with AmeriCorps; the importance of the Brian Coyle Community Center; advice for future Somali immigrants; preserving Somali and Islamic culture; cultural importance of women; losing culture; negative aspects of the "hip-hop" culture; evolution of Somali music; obstacles and opportunities for Somali teens; Somali involvement in politics.
Quantity 1 hour sound disc
22 pages transcript
Format Content Category: sound recordings
Content Category: text
Measurements 01:01:56 running time
Creation Interviewer: Wilhide, Ms. Anduin ("Andy")
Narrator: Jama, Mohammed
Interviewer: Abdalla, Bibi
Made in Minneapolis, Hennepin County, Minnesota, United States
Subjects Somali Americans -- Minnesota.
Made in Minneapolis, Hennepin County, Minnesota, United States
Dates Creation: 06/21/2004
Holding Type Oral History - Interview
ID Number OH 123
Accession Number AV2008.101.3
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