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This interview was conducted with Fahari Wambura on 25 June 2018 in Chatham, New York in her shop. Fahari is a fabric shop owner, parent and former journalist from Tanzania. She lived in Brazil and The Bronx, New York City, before moving to Chatham with her partner and raise her two children. She discusses her experiences of living in New York City. She speaks about her love for nature and the Hudson Valley. She explains Hawthorne Valley Waldorf School’s educational approach and describes the school as a place where her children not only can see and touch animals and be in touch with nature but also feel a sense of community and belongingness. She reflects on her Childhood back in Tanzania and describes it as being filled with chores and walking and very little time to play. Having gone to a boarding school in Tanzania and grown up in an authoritative environment where children are supposed to obey their parents and not have a voice of their own, Fahari compares her parenting experiences here in America with her experiences of being parented in Tanzania. She extensively speaks about her journalism experiences in Tanzania including gender imbalances in the field and normalization of sexual harassment. She describes her travel experiences and writing as a journalist. Towards the end of the interview, she speaks about the City of Hudson and describes it as a place for her family to visit to go to the restaurants, public library, and attend other social activities. Besides, she thinks of Hudson as a queer-friendly town and speaks about her having gay friends in her life has changed her worldview.
This interview may be of interest to those who want to learn about life of a Tanzanian immigrant in Chatham; nature; Chatham, New York; parenting; cultures and parenting; Childhood in Tanzania; New York City; Hudson Valley; Hudson; Hawthorne Valley Waldorf School; journalism in Tanzania; gender discrimination; sexual harassment; writing blogs; writing.
Dhana Hamal was born and raised in Western Nepal. She completed her B.A. in Human Rights and Politics at Bard College and finished her MA in Political Science at the University of Toronto. She has worked extensively on a research project in ‘human trafficking vulnerability’ in Nepal conducted by Vanderbilt and Stanford universities. Her interests include migration, labor and health policy, democracy and security, gender inequality, and multicultural politics.
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