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This interview was conducted with Ann Marie Furbert at her shop, Taste of the Caribbean, in Hudson, New York, on June 15, 2015. Furbert was born in Jamaica and grew up as an orphan. She came to the US with her five children in August 2001. Her store sells prepared Jamaican food and groceries; she also works as a CNA in a nursing home. Some subjects that come up in this interview are: moving to Hudson from Jamaica; how her faith emerged out of her experience as an orphan; her love of God; her love of the elderly, her children, and those down on their luck; parenting; her practice of giving people food even if they can’t pay for it; her wish to be able to feed more people; her store; lack of jobs for youth in Hudson.
This interview might be of interest to people who want to hear more about immigrant experiences in Hudson, the role of religious faith in people’s lives, the food industry, or parenting.
I grew up in Toronto, Ontario, did my PhD at Cornell in Ithaca, NY, and now live in Kingston, Ontario where I teach English and Cultural Studies at Queen’s University. In Kingston, I run the Swamp Ward and Inner Harbour History Project, which has an oral history component and which aims to document working-class, immigrant, and community experiences. I have a longstanding interest in the spoken word, and in understanding experiences of immigration (even though or because my family has been in North America for generations) and religion (even though or because I am an atheist). I am touched that the OHSS and this narrator have trusted me to help facilitate the telling of Hudson’s histories.
This interview is hereby made available for research purposes only. For additional uses (radio and other media, music, internet), please click here to inquire about permissions.
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