A project of Brooklyn Historical Society
 
 
 
 
Crossing Borders, Bridging Generations examines the history and experiences of mixed-heritage people and families, cultural hybridity, race, ethnicity, and identity.
Listen - Personal stories of life, love, family, work, faith, and community

Yasmin Nagi

"My cousin lives in Colorado, and she plays soccer. She wears a hijab. This year was her first game. It was a pretty big deal. And the referee didn’t let her play because of the hijab. She was pretty hurt, but her teammates were great...

Svetlana Kitto

"So on one hand like I grew up being told that the Russians saved my grandfather’s life, because they did, but on the other hand like he’s Latvian, so -- my grandparents just had this very sort of mixed thing. Because on one hand they...

Janise Mitchell

"Around the late 60s and 70s all of the sudden you see a lot of “for sale” signs. And this was the period of “white flight.” Families that I knew all of the sudden, oh, you guys are moving? It really shattered a sense of security. I...

Taneka Maxwell

"We came to Brownsville, Brooklyn. My great grandmother owned a brownstone out there. Her name was Lillian but everyone called her Nanny. She was the matriarch of the family, well known throughout the neighborhood and the house was...