Pallavi Kottamasu - Maine College of Art

The Mother

Location(s)
Town: Portland
County: Cumberland County

Names of people involved:
Toy Len Goon, Doris Wong, Gary Libby

Toy Len Goon received global attention after winning the award for American Mother of the Year in 1952. She was the first Chinese immigrant to be recognized by the organization, which celebrates mothers who quote “provide an inspiration to the nation.” Toy dined with First Lady Bess Truman and was honored by a parade through the New York Chinatown. But now, she can’t be found in a standard American history textbook.

The Midwife

Location(s)
Town: Portland
County: Cumberland County

Names of people involved:
Nima Barkad Said

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Deals with Female Genital Mutilation

Nima Barkad Said was a midwife in Djibouti whose mission was to help expecting mothers, no matter the circumstances. Though she’s only been in Portland, Maine for a few years, she’s already working to make the transition easier for women like those she helped.

Artist Bio

Pallavi Kottamasu is from Western Massachusetts. Before Salt, she worked at the PRX Podcast Garage and found herself entwined with other people’s audio projects. She finds her favorite stories alongside the walls at mosques or just outside the bathroom stalls.