Aamera Siddiqui Delights in 'American as Curry Pie'
This year's Diversity Symposium featured Aamera Siddiqui, who performed her one-woman show, "American as Curry Pie." For Siddiqui, growing up as an immigrant in the United States was a balancing act between her Indian Muslim heritage and her American surroundings. Aamera’s world consisted of one country inside the four walls of her family’s home and another country outside those walls. Curried peas and hot dogs, colorful saris and Catholic school uniforms, Urdu and English all blended and bounced off one another to shape her identity.
Siddiqui's remarkable story reflects Blake's commitment to build a Blake school community that crosses borders, bridges cultures and builds world citizens. Through Siddiqui's performance, every member of the Blake community had the opportunity to see their own story reflected in the dynamic, complex mix of experiences and identities presented, as well as the stories of their play-date friends, lab partners, teammates, college roommates and professional colleagues.
American as Curry Pie had its world premiere run at the History Theatre in March 2011.