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Nairobi Days: Coming of Age in Kenya
Monday, January 22, 2018 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm EST

Duration: 3 hours
Where: Central Queens Y
Calendar: Member Calendar
Categories: Community / Non-Profit Events
Website: http://www.cqy.org/cultural-arts-jewish-heritage-programs-events/
Contact: Peggy Kurtz , 7182685011, email

The worldwide Indian diaspora is in many ways similar to the Jewish diaspora, leading to a complex cultural heritage. Some of the Indians in the diaspora are Muslims, who fled pogroms and discrimination in their homeland. Journalist Shelina Shariff-Zia’s autobiographical novel explores her mixed Indian and African heritage as seen through the eyes of a young girl who is a member of the Indian community in Kenya. The novel follows her life from childhood to the political upheavals of the 1980s, during which the Indian minority was targeted, and her eventual immigration to the U.S., bringing a complex cultural heritage with her. Nairobi Days is a coming of age story, a love story, and above all a celebration of life. Shelina Shariff-Zia teaches English at Bronx Community College and is a member of the Central Queens Y. For more information contact Peggy Kurtz 718-268-5011 and pkurtz@cqy.org

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