Tagged: woman immigrant

Jahaida, 31, from the Dominican Republic

  Almost 10 years ago, Jahaida, a 31-year-old immigrant from the Dominican Republic, immigrated to the United States. This is her story, in her own words. “I don’t think I am your typical immigrant. I actually came here because of a boyfriend. We met in the Dominican Republic, moved first to Spain together, and then came to New York because we thought we’d have more opportunities here. “Later we broke up, but I stayed. In almost 10 years of living...

Zahra Noorbakhsh defies Muslim women’s stereotypes one comedy show at a time

Written by Jahaida Hernández Jesurum   It’s challenging to talk about Zahra Noorbakhsh without bringing up religion. So much of the California-born Iranian-American’s work focuses on the fact that she is Muslim — but perhaps not in the way you might expect: through comedy. Noorbakhsh, a comedian, full-time actress, writer, and host of the podcast #GoodMuslimBadMuslim, loves making people laugh in unexpected ways. In her second one-woman comedy show, Hijab and Hammerpants, which debuted in 2015, Noorbakhsh explored the conflicting...

An immigrant’s advice: “If you come to New York, please have a purpose”

Written by Lilly Maier     Jahaida Hernández Jesurum left her hometown, Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic, in her early twenties. After a short detour in Spain, she immigrated to New York in 2007, becoming part of the largest foreign-born group in the city. Dominicans make up 12 percent of all immigrant New Yorkers, relegating Mexicans (the country’s biggest immigrant group) to third place, according to an official report by the city. After years of working odd jobs and...

New Women New Yorkers’ summer potluck in Prospect Park

Written by Jahaida Hernandez Jesurum   Summer in New York City is the rare time of year when you can feel everyone coming together to welcome freedom from the snow and cold with bare arms and sandals. (Unfortunately, humidity is also a given when it comes to city summers.) Having grown up in the Caribbean where it’s summer all year round, I have learned to appreciate each season for what it brings — the hard way. Nonetheless, this year has...