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Naz Oral History

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Naz is a gender non-conforming queer artist who works around in between spaces. They were born in Iran into a middle class muslim family, and followed their parents to the United States as a child in 1977. Naz recounts their experience of being an outsider in this country. They describe growing up as an immigrant and attending white Italian Irish catholic school in a polarized, racially divided city where they experienced hatred from their classmates and teachers, as well as working as a camera assistant in a misogynistic anti-muslim film industry in New York during the years leading up to 9/11. Naz questions the definition of community, and wants to bring an honest collaboration into this world. (Summary by Eunjong Choi.)

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Identifier
ks65hc50j
Collection
Oral Histories with People of Color
Institution
NYC Trans Oral History Project
Creator(s)
Naz
Awad, Nadia
Publisher
New York Public Library
Date Created
Apr. 20, 2017
Dates Covered
1975 to 2017
Genre
Oral Histories
Places
New York
New Jersey
Pennsylvania
Tehrān > Tehran
Topic(s)
Arts and entertainment occupations
Childhood
Class struggle
Clothing
Colleges
Communities
Employment discrimination
Ethnic groups
Families
Gender diversity
Homosexuality
Identity
Immigration
Islam
Labour
Politics
Refugees
Schools
Sexuality
Sports
Substance abuse
Transgender people
Transitioning
Resource Type
Audio
Digital Format
Duration: 1 hour 46 minutes 7 seconds
Language
English
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