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This interview with Mohanned Alamin was recorded in Hudson, New York on June 19, 2014 in the Hudson Public Library. Mohanned Alamin is 16 years old and a rising senior in the high school. He is a child of immigrants from Sudan and Guyana (Mamoun Alamin interview.) In the audio file making up the interview, some of the subjects include: his parents and siblings, his relatives in Sudan and Guyana, the dream of travel, school, weight lifting, his friends and girlfriend, Krav Maga and mixed martial arts, the debate over the 2nd Amendment and the ownership of firearms and guns, his plans for joining the military, his dog, parent-child relationships, the relationships of immigrants to their birth countries and changes in Hudson since he was a child.
This interview is filled with Mohanned’s easy laugh as he casts his teenage eye on the world and his future. It is a lovely introduction to a young man planning his future steps away from Hudson, New York. It is hoped that he will be interviewed next year.
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.
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.”