Reflecting on my Interview

To write this piece, I began by thinking about my interactions with the interviewee, and where I saw the connections to her Indian culture. I found it in the food we ate together, the clothes I wore to her family’s events, the Hindu funeral for her father that I attended, etc. I used the culture I had witnessed to inspire questions about what I didn’t know- how her yoga practice connected her to her ethnicity, how her transition had been as a child, and more. When I actually got to speak to Alka, I had even more questions than I began with, and unfortunately time cut us off after over an hour.¬†Everything image she described¬†was so vivid that it made me want to know more.

After recieving feedback from Ms. Patel, an Emory writing center tutor, and my own mother, I realized the piece was too much in my own voice. I tried to separate myself except for a brief introduction to our history. I also included facts about Indian immigration as a whole in the United States to give the reader something to compare to. I went through my piece cutting out things I knew were unnecessary to the specific assignment. Overall, I’m very proud of the extensive work I have done on this interview profile.

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