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India Association of Minnesota Oral History Project (Phase 3)

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Description The third phase of the India Association of Minnesota Oral History Project continues an oral history research project initiated by the India Association of Minnesota to preserve the history of immigrants of Asian Indian heritage. For Phase 3, nine immigrants of Asian Indian descent were interviewed. These interviews tell a somewhat different story than previous ones. The narrators represent some of the disparate elements within the Indian community. While many Indians first come to the United States as college students and then accept employment, others come through sponsorship, adoption, or for short-term employment. Many come to the Twin Cities, but some choose to settle in outstate areas. Most come from India, but others come from other areas of the former British Empire. All the narrators share a common Indian ancestry and stories of adjustment to Western culture. The goal of this joint oral history project between the India Association of Minnesota and the Minnesota Historical Society was to record the experiences of Asian Indian immigrants in Minnesota. Each immigrant briefly describes his or her family of origin, the social context in which he or she was raised and the decision to immigrate to the United States. The interviews focus heavily on values and attitudes, comparing and contrasting the “Indian way” with the “American way,” especially as they relate to family, marriage, parenting, work and community life. Narrators also speak about their association with Indian social groups or religious organizations in the United States.
Quantity 1 project
19 hours sound cassette
379 pages transcript
Format Content Category: sound recordings
Content Category: text
Creation Interviewer: Kenney, Ms. Diana
Interviewer: Sonifer, Polly
Narrator: Gada, Mr. Lincoln
Narrator: Iyengar, Sunanda
Narrator: Manku, Ms. Ravinder
Narrator: Mishra, Mr. Prasanna
Narrator: Naik, Ms. Neelam
Narrator: Namboodri, Mr. Krishnan
Narrator: Ramakrishnan, Ms. Nayana
Narrator: Remund, Mr. Jonathan
Narrator: Sharma, Mr. Ved
Subjects Asian Indian
Dates Creation: Not earlier than 12/08/1998 - Not later than 04/03/2001

Holding Type Oral History - Project
ID Number OH 89
Accession Number AV2001.42
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