Interview with Sarah Twing, October 16, 2020

Project: Peace Corps: The Returned Peace Corps Volunteer Oral History Project

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Sarah Twing was born in Uzbekistan and lived in an orphanage until she was adopted by an Irish-American couple at 3 ½ years of age. In this second interview session, Twing talks about issues of diversity: race, ethnicity, nationality, and gender. She talks about thinking of herself growing up as white. As a Volunteer in the Dominican Republic, she was called “yellow” and “Chinese.” Her service drew her to consider her own identity as Uzbek, Asian, and American. Twing also observed the social dynamics of gender as a Volunteer when she saw a white male Volunteer receiving more respect and attention than she was receiving. Twing talks about some of the constraints that Volunteers of color have in considering Peace Corps. She also offers some suggestions about diversifying Peace Corps staff.

[This is the second interview with Twing. The first can be found here: https://kentuckyoralhistory.org/ark:/16417/xt7zr5cksh2qk]

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2020oh0577_pcrv0065

Interviewee Name

Sarah Twing

Interviewer Name

Randolph A. Adams

Interview Date

2020-10-16

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Twing, Sarah Interview by Randolph A. Adams. 16 Oct. 2020. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.

Twing, S. (2020, October 16). Interview by R. A. Adams. Peace Corps: The Returned Peace Corps Volunteer Oral History Project. Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries, Lexington.

Twing, Sarah, interview by Randolph A. Adams. October 16, 2020, Peace Corps: The Returned Peace Corps Volunteer Oral History Project, Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.





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