Noha Gindy Interview

Relationship: Im/migrant
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A copy of a recipe for Kushari, an Egyptian dish

 I was born in Egypt. I lived in Cairo until I was 23. I went to ACU (American University in Cairo), where I got a bachelor’s degree for Computer Science. I graduated from college in 1996. College in Egypt is free, but you have to get at least a 80-90% score on the placement tests in order to go. I am a Coptic Christian, which represents 10% of Egypt’s population.The year I graduated, I got engaged. A local computer programming firm recruited me. I worked there for 2 months, until I got engaged. After I married my husband, I lived in Cairo for 3 years until the birth of my first son. During this time, my husband would travel back and forth from Egypt to the United States to visit his family. He would sometimes stay in America for 2-3 months. Eventually, we decided to move to the United States. Because my husband’s family lived in New Orleans for over 30 years, we decided to move there.My sons went to Phoebe Hearst Elementary School in Metairie, Louisiana when they were younger. I did a lot of volunteer work for the school. Because the school has a high Arabic population, I was hired to act as a translator and a para-professional. I am still employed at Phoebe Hearst. I love living in New Orleans because we have the same weather in New Orleans as they do in Egypt. 
My hobby is cooking. I love cooking anything, especially Egyptian food. One of my favorite foods is Kushari, although it takes 3-4 hours to cook. You have to cook each ingredient separately. The recipe in the pictures is for Kushari.
 

Place(s): Cairo, Egypt, New Orleans
Year: 1997

– Noha Gindy

Relationship:  Im/migrant Im/migrant