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Chasing Family Ghosts Through Modern-Day Myanmar – Carol Isaacs

Hosted By: Orange County Jewish Community Scholar Program ("CSP")

In December 2019 Carol Isaacs travelled to Burma (Myanmar) with her piano accordion. A branch of her father’s family, originally from Iraq, had lived there from the 1880’s until 1942 when the Japanese invaded. One cousin, a musician, along with hundreds of thousands of refugees, fled across the border to India after the invasion carrying his beloved piano accordion through the jungle. Accompanied by her partner, photographer Mika Schick, Carol documented her cousin’s journey and the results are part graphic memoir, part travel photography. In this presentation Carol will share some of these images and provide a background into the little-known Jewish community of Burma.

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Carol Isaacs

Carol Isaacs is a keyboard player & accordionist in the pop and world music fields, recording and touring worldwide with many international artists including Sinéad O’Connor (Ireland), The Indigo Girls (US), Ahmed Mukhtar (Iraq), Phongsit Khampee (Thailand). She is a founder member of the London Klezmer Quartet. Also known as cartoonist The Surreal McCoy (published in the New Yorker, Spectator, Private Eye) Carol drew The Wolf of Baghdad graphic memoir based on her own family’s recollections and then turned it into a motion comic (semi-animated video with music). She also plays Arabic accordion on the soundtrack. The book itself was published by Myriad Editions (UK) in January 2020 and the motion comic is available as a DVD-ROM, and also to rent or buy as video-on-demand, at her website https://www.thesurrealmccoy.com/shop/
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Orange County Jewish Community Scholar Program ("CSP")

The Orange County Jewish Community Scholar Program (“CSP”) is a program offering adult Jewish education and family Jewish celebrations.
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