John Baba begins the Yonkers footage at a central location, the church. As the Assyrian Presbyterian congregation emerges from Sunday service, Qasha Marshall Yacoe and the parishioners gather.
From the church, John Baba visits with the Benjamin family, merging his American life with the bonds from his home village of Seir, Persia.
Follow Baba as he celebrates Yonkers musicians, a police officer, an attorney, a dentist, and one of the first woman-owned businesses, Lucy’s Knitting Studio. He also visits the Yonkers Assyrian American Association to meet with some of the men who helped organize the Assyrian Federation, known today as the Assyrian American Federation.
Celebrate with him as he visits home parties, businesses and family gatherings, all while taking in the architecture of nearby Manhattan.
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For more on Assyrians in Yonkers:
John Pierre Ameer , Assyrians in Yonkers: Reminiscences of a Community, Gorgias Press, 2008.
Ruth Kambar, Assyrians of Yonkers, Images of America Series: Arcadia Publishing, 2019.