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Isobel Chiang

May 18, 2018


Hudson, NY


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Mark Menjivar

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This interview with Isobel Chiang was conducted on May, 18, 2018 at Drop, Forge and Tool in Hudson, NY as part of the Oral History Summer School. Isobel is a participant in the Oral History Summer School and a graduate student at the New School in New York City. In this interview she discusses growing up in Calgary, Alberta and attending an arts-based high school. Isobel tells the story of learning of her mother’s cancer diagnosis, her mother’s death and the lasting affect her indomitable spirt has had on her. She discusses the compassion of her mother’s doctor and the influence it has had on her. She also discusses the strong community she had around her growing up. Isobel talks about traveling the world, falling in love and the affect that had on her. She discusses her love for food and cooking and shares stories of significant meals she has had while traveling abroad. Isobel discusses her thoughts about parent/child relationships and wonders how well we can actually know people. She ends by sharing her strong stance on pro-choice issues that stem from her relationship with her mother.

This interview may be of interest to those wanting to know about life in Calgary; who have lost a loved one; those who desire to study medicine; world travel; feminism; food and cooking; journalism; child/parent relationships; and pro-choice advocacy.

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Interviewer Bio:
Mark Menjivar

Mark Menjivar is an Assistant Professor in the School of Art and Design at Texas State University where he teaches 4D foundations and Social Practice. His art practice explores diverse subjects through photography, archives, oral histories and objects while emphasizing dialogue and collaboration. He is also a licensed social worker in the State of Texas.

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