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Document Type

Oral History

Publication Date

Fall 12-2017


Ethics and Political Philosophy | Ethnic Studies | Near and Middle Eastern Studies | Other Languages, Societies, and Cultures | Philosophy


Yasmin Alkhal

Description, Abstract, or Artist's Statement

This oral history project builds on an ongoing storytelling project by freelance photographer Jim Lommasson entitled What We Carried: Fragments from the Cradle of Civilization, which has now become a traveling exhibit. The exhibit features various artifacts and belongings that Iraqi and Syrian refugees have carried with them on their journey to America. Each artifact bears a story about particular objects, images, or memories that reconnect refugee communities to what they have lost or left behind.

In their conversations with Iraqi and Syrian refugees, USD students invited members of the Iraqi/Syrian communities in San Diego to share the life stories and collective narratives they have carried with them from their homelands and to discuss how those stories shape the lives they have been building here in the US.