Fardowsa Abdulle

"But Where Are You Really From?: On Breaking Cycles and Being First Generation In America"

Fardowsa Abdulle

"But Where Are You Really From?: On Breaking Cycles and Being First Generation In America"

Biography

Location: Quinn Hall Room 104

This workshop will highlight personal experiences with being first generation in America, as a child of forced immigrants, and combating two identities. From not fitting into the textbook version of American migration, to dealing with the general trauma and “survivor’s guilt,” and the blending of two very different cultures; this workshop will discuss various intersections of identity in America. From here, the workshop will explore the idea of breaking cycles, referencing the ending of traditions like poverty and a lack of education. Being the first to attend college and being able to manage finances are all ways we sometimes subconsciously take steps into ensuring we don’t end up like our parents. We will delve into the cultural gap that often exists between generations, and the ways this can affect conversations on race relations, sexuality, and current events between children and their parents.