Mimi Ito worked as an English as a Second Language (ESL) trainer of volunteer tutors for Boulder Action for Soviet Jewry (BASJ). She recalls her experiences in this position, also discussing the role of her late mother, Harriet Moskovit, who became a tutor for one of the New Americans. Mimi outlines the training programs that were developed for the tutors and talks in detail about how teaching English extended to facilitating acculturation of the New Americans, and resulted in friendships being formed that lasted long after the BASJ ended its formal program. She evaluates this project as demonstrating how a small group of dedicated volunteers could enrich their own lives as well as those of the New Americans with whom they worked.
This interview is one of a series of interviews done with people involved with the group Boulder Action for Soviet Jewry (BASJ).
View DVD and time-indexed transcript at Carnegie Branch Library.