Oral history interview with Anne Johnson

Oral history interview with Anne Johnson [Sound Recording 01]

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SR 12310

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Oral history interview with Anne Johnson


  • 2019-11-29 (Creation)


516 megabytes 1 audio file (WAV, 47 min.)

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Anne Johnson was born in Nairobi, Kenya, in 1978. In 2001, she relocated to Portland, Oregon, to attend Portland Community College. After graduating with a degree in accounting from the University of Phoenix, she worked as a certified public accountant for a few years. After completing a tea sommelier course, she began Mamancy Tea Co., a tea and chocolate business, in 2018, with locations in Beaverton and Hillsboro.

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This oral history interview with Anne Johnson was conducted by Julianna Robidoux and Monica Salazar on November 29, 2019. The interview was recorded for The Immigrant Story, an organization that documents and archives the stories of immigrants and refugees in the United States. Sankar Raman was also present.

In this interview, Johnson discusses her family background and early life in Nairobi, Kenya, including her education. She talks about turning her love of creative pursuits into a tea and chocolate business in Oregon. She discusses her reasons for relocating to Portland, Oregon, for college. She describes the tea sommelier course she took, talks about starting her business, and discusses ethically sourcing her products. She talks about her partnership with her husband, Mark Johnson, about the importance of tea in her family life, and about her reasons for including chocolate in her business. She talks about her future plans for Mamancy Tea Co. She closes the interview by discussing discrimination that she experienced as a Black woman and an immigrant.

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Joint copyright for this interview is held by the Oregon Historical Society and The Immigrant Story. Use is allowed according to the following statement: In Copyright – Educational Use Permitted, http://rightsstatements.org/vocab/InC-EDU/1.0/

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  • English

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Gift of The Immigrant Story, June 2021 (RL2021-057).

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An article about Anne Johnson, "Blending Business and Culture" by Julianna Robidoux, was based on this interview and published on The Immigrant Story website at https://theimmigrantstory.org/business-and-culture/.

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Preferred citation: Oral history interview with Anne Johnson, by Julianna Robidoux and Monica Salazar, SR 12310, Oregon Historical Society Research Library.

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Finding aid based on DACS (Describing Archives: A Content Standard), 2nd Edition.

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Sarah Stroman

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