Item AUD 117/1/4 - Interview of Shefa Begum and Jewel Khan by Mahbubur Rahman, part 1 of 2

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AUD 117/1/4


Interview of Shefa Begum and Jewel Khan by Mahbubur Rahman, part 1 of 2


  • 5 Sep 2022 (Creation)

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Recorded in Norfolk, United Kingdom.

Shefa Begum was born in Norwich in 1983, shares insights into her cultural heritage and family life. She described her love for traditional Bengali dishes, learned from her mother and sister, and the joy of cooking together with family members in a clay stove. She highlighted her family's early settlement in Norwich, where her father established a business called 'Curry House', located in Anglia Square, Norwich. Despite being the only Muslim and Asian girl in her school, she did not experience racism. She emphasized the changes in Norwich over the years, with more Bengali children attending her former school. She discussed the evolving communication patterns among today's youth, contrasting it with the close-knit interactions she experienced while growing up. She reflected on the changes in the availability of cultural amenities, such as the emergence of a mosque and Arabic lessons. She also shared details about her family, including her marriage and her three children. Finally, Shefa expresses her longing for Bangladesh, where her late father's grave is located, and her plans to visit Turkey with her family in the near future.

Jewel Khan, born in Bangladesh in 1978, shares his journey from a young boy helping his father run a shop to becoming a successful businessman in the UK. Despite his grandfather's plea to avoid a lifelong career in shop keeping, Jewel embraced the opportunity and expanded into a fertilizer business, benefiting the local community. The eldest of seven siblings, he moved to the UK in 2001, eventually starting a successful restaurant in Wroxham called Royal Pizza and Kebab. After 20 years in business, Jewel closed the restaurant to spend more time with family and travel. He expresses a deep connection to his roots, missing the cultural elements and family back in Bangladesh. Jewel appreciates the diversity in Norwich today, contrasting it with his initial sense of isolation, and expresses gratitude to the 'Queen and ... the British Parliament for [providing] immigrants the chance to live fulfilling and prosperous lives [in the UK]'.

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  • English
  • Bengali

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Duration: 14 min. 58 sec.
Playback mode: stereo
Sample frequency: 44.1 kHz

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