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Here at the Oxygen Podcast, we talk to brilliant minds and wheedle out their personal narratives. “Stories that breathe life” is the ethos of our show and we believe that just as you need oxygen to breathe, you need real, raw and authentic human narratives to make life on earth a beautiful place worth inhabiting. We believe in honest storytelling and it’s power in enriching the human experience. If this rings true, this show is for YOU!
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007 Writer & Public Speaker Aisha-Asher Morgan aka Dotty Daughter - Diaspora narratives: “London always felt like being on the periphery of something incomplete”
Aug 19, 2017
Aisha-Asher Morgan is a writer, public speaker and student of English Literature at Queen Mary University of London. Though born and bred in the United Kingdom, it is the Caribbean (or, rather, more specifically, the Jamaican countryside) which forms the thematic backbone of much of Aisha's writing, as she explores her delicate relationship with her Jamaican grandparents, their many migrations, and, eventually, their deaths which set in motion an catastrophic decline into disconnection, depression, and familial conflict.
Aisha talks about:
The story behind her pen name, “dotty daughter”
How she conceptualized the complexity of her racial identity growing up and the process of seamlessly negotiating contrasting cultural contexts such as being half Jamaican, half English, Muslim and born & bred in London
How she coped with feeling frustrated over being misunderstood
What makes her feel most connected to herself
We tackle the question: What if home isn't a place or a person but us reconnecting with ourselves and rekindling the fire that exists within ourselves?
What Jamaica means to her, her fondest memories of life there and how her grandmother was her greatest female role model
She talks about the power of daydreaming, how healthy of a habit it is and we discuss whether this has any link with not feeling at home in London and constantly feeling the need to ‘zone out’
How depression and loss of love facilitated self-growth and strengthened her spirituality
How she will preserve her cultural heritage
Lastly, she recites a choreo-poem written for her grandmother
Inightful gems from Aisha's sharings:
"When I got older, the complexities, challenges and shifts in my identity started to take form. A great part of that was coming to the realization that how I see myself is not necessarily how others see me. That has been the single greatest challenge of my life."
"It's a complex place to be in when you're certain and confident in how you see yourself but others don't see what you see."
"The tensions that you grow up having to experience dealing with the realization that perhaps the person you think you are is not how others see you. Even if you affirm yourself, others may not see you that way."
"I always had the capacity as a child, of daydreaming and fantasizing. I would put myself in different hypothetical situations and naviga
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