This oral history interview is an intimate conversation between two people, both of whom have generously agreed to share this recording with Oral History Summer School, and with you. Please listen in the spirit with which this was shared.
This interview is hereby made available for research purposes only. For additional uses (radio and other media, music, internet), please inquire about permissions.
All rights are reserved by Oral History Summer School.
Researchers will understand that:
This interview was conducted with Juan Sanchez at Kite’s Nest in Hudson, NY on Friday, July 1st 2016. In the interview, Juan describes his activist work with the Social Justice Leadership Academy and growing up in the Hudson greater area. Juan originally from Nicaragua, moved to the area as an infant with his family. He maintains a close relationship with his father who he acknowledges worked hard to support him especially after his parents’ divorce. Like his father, he is a musician and plays the guitar. He mentions his father continues to play Nicaraguan folk music with his band, a music genre that he recalls hearing while growing up. Juan speaks about the social justice issues that affects the greater Hudson area such a unequal access to food and racial inequity. He recalls several microagressions directed towards him and another latino student by a teacher and connects it with the present state that people of color deal with on a consistent basis. Juan talks about his interest in skateboarding and fashion style. He concludes the interview by reflecting on his hopes for the future of the US in light of the current election year.
About the Interviewer: Born and raised in Queens, NY, Yvette is an arts administrator, educator and aspiring oral-historian. She is inspired by the arts as a social agent that can build and empower communities as well as bring about transformative justice and healing. She has worked as an organizer with Latino and working class communities with Make The Road NY and New Immigrant Community Empowerment and as a fellow with the Center for Neighborhood Leadership. She holds a BA from Hunter College in Romance Languages and Political Science where she studied past and present social movements in Latin America. As a daughter of Bolivian immigrants, she is interested in exploring identity based politics, the meaning of “home,” memory, and patriarchy through her art practice.
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.
Oral history is an iterative process. In keeping with oral history values of anti-fixity, interviewees will have an opportunity to add, annotate and reflect upon their lives and interviews in perpetuity. Talking back to the archive is a form of “shared authority.”