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This interview with Mamoun Alamin was recorded in Hudson, New York on June 16, 2014 at 10 pm in Mr. Alamin’s store after it closed for the evening. Mamoun Alamin was born in the Sudan and immigrated to the United States where he met his wife. They have four children, live in Hudson and own two stores: a dry goods market (“Warren Street Discount”) next door to a small corner grocery store (“bodega”), both on Warren Street. In the two audio files making up the interview, some of the subjects include: his life in the Sudan and decision to move, Islam, reflection on “the American dream,” his children’s names and their meanings, arranged marriages, gardens and gardening, New York City, taxi driving, reflections on war, “coincidence,” human nature and the meaning of a “good life.”
This interview—full of poetic reflections on goodness vs. greed--will interest people curious about the experiences of an African immigrant in New York as well as those who enjoy a good love story.
Mary Ellen Lennon is a history professor in Indiana who grew up in Queens, New York. A student in the Oral History Summer School, she has been moved by the stories shared by the generous and deeply thoughtful people of Hudson.
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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