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Ayaka Suesada

June 17, 2015


Hudson, NY


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Elizabeth OuYang

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This oral history interview was conducted with Ayaka Suesada at Solaris in Hudson, New York on June 16, 2015. Eleven year old Ayaka Sueseda, born in Hudson to parents of Japanese ancestry, provides an account of growing up in Hudson. Daughter of the founder of Triform, a program where young adults with mixed abilities live with families. Ayaka provides insights into the joys and challenges of her home. Proud of being an American and of her Japanese ancestry, Ayaka describes how she appreciates the best of both worlds.

This interview will be of interest to anyone who wants to know about the Hudson, NY and about community integration through the eyes of an 11 year old.

Interviewer Bio:
Elizabeth OuYang

Born in Rochester, New York, I am a first generation Asian American civil rights attorney and community advocate with six minor nieces and nephews.  I teach adjunct at Columbia University and New York University. Now, in my mid-fifties, I am documenting, through writing, more of my work and personal experiences of myself and others who share similar health issues. Oral History Summer School taught me the basics on how to capture the first hand accounts of people's life histories, newly acquired skills I will apply to collecting stories of Asian American women living with breast cancer.

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