Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History

Interview with Samah Sadouki, September 12, 2015

Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries
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00:00:13 - Growing up in Algeria / Getting married

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Partial Transcript: Alright. I am Angene Wilson.

Segment Synopsis: Samah Sadouki tells about her schooling in Arabic, with her university degree in Arabic literature, and how she met her husband and got married.

Keywords: Arabic; Family; Satif; Schools

Subjects: Education; Families.; Marriage

GPS: Algeria
Map Coordinates: 28, 2
00:04:29 - Adjusting to the U.S.

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Partial Transcript: And you got married in Algeria?

Segment Synopsis: They came to Indianapolis first, where her husband had a job. She missed her family but then she was pregnant and she met friends at the mosque and began to take English classes. After two years they moved to Lexington for her husband's new job. She then began studying child development while working at a day care. "I think it is a gift from God to help children." She speaks French as well as Arabic, and is taking Spanish. She met people at the mosque in Lexington. She received a certificate in Indianapolis that said "Elegant Woman" and people in Lexington have been positive about her dress.

Keywords: Child development; Clothing and dress; English; Friends; Indianapolis (Ind.); Jobs; Lexington (Ky.); Mosques

Subjects: Emigration and immigration.; Employment; Immigrants; Languages

GPS: Indianapolis (Ind.)
Map Coordinates: 39.768611, -86.158056
GPS: Lexington (Ky.)
Map Coordinates: 38.029722, -84.494722
00:16:24 - Relations with family at home

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Partial Transcript: Do you have any other relatives who live in the U.S.?

Segment Synopsis: Sadouki has gone home twice, and she talks to her family every day on Skype. She hopes to go back to Algeria to live. "I love my country."

Keywords: Skype; Travel home

Subjects: Communication; Families.

GPS: Algeria
Map Coordinates: 28, 2
00:18:38 - Questions about Algeria

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Partial Transcript: Um, what kinds of questions do people here ask you about Algeria?

Segment Synopsis: Sadouki explains that people don't know where Algeria is, and don't think it is in Africa. She has gotten to know women from other African countries at Friendship International, a program for international women at Immanuel Baptist Church.

Keywords: Africa; Friendship International; Ignorance

Subjects: Immigrants--Kentucky

GPS: Algeria
Map Coordinates: 28, 2
00:21:24 - Sharing Algeria / Thinking about the future

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Partial Transcript: What do you think--so what do you think Kentuckians have learned about Africa, specifically Algeria, from you?

Segment Synopsis: Sadouki describes fixing an Algerian meal to teach Americans. She says there are four Algerian families in Lexington. She talks about planning to have a second child, and taking her child development exam.

Keywords: Child development; Family; Study

Subjects: Education; Families.; Immigrants--Kentucky

GPS: Algeria
Map Coordinates: 28, 2