Oral History Collection

India Association of Minnesota Oral History Project

Narrators and project personnel gather to celebrate completion of the first phase of interviewing.The goal of this multi-part 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.Descriptions from the individual interviews are available by clicking on any of the narrators below.

Phase I, 1993-1995
The 16 narrators, some of whom arrived in the state as early as the 1950s, describe their family of origin, the social context in which they were raised, and their decision to immigrate to the United States. Interviews focus on values and attitudes, comparing and contrasting the "Indian way" with the "American way," especially as these ways relate to family, marriage, parenting, work and community life. Narrators also speak about their association with Indian social groups and religious organizations in the U.S. View library catalog record.


Abhishaker, M. J.
Advani, Indru S.
Cherucheril, Pennamma
Gada, Ram
Ganguli, Aparna B.
Kassim-Lakha, Mansur
Mangalick, P. C.
Misra, Sudhansu S.

Nath, Mahendra
Patel, Vimla
Ramaswamy, Ranee
Saxena, Kusum
Siddiqui, Abul Hasan
Singh, Bash
Jancy, Sister & Sister Tresa Jose

Phase 2, 1997-1998
These interviews track the adjustment and development of Indian Americans, many of whom are children of the narrators interviewed in phase 1 of the project. The second-generation narrators are between 18 and 40 years of age and most grew up in bilingual homes. They found that the social lives of their parents revolved primarily around the Indian immigrant community, while their lives often included few, if any, Asian Indians. A recurring difference between the original immigrants and their children appears around the social issues of dating, marriage, and child-rearing. View library catalog record.


Advani, Ramona
Ahuja, Simi
Chaudhary, Satveer
Ganguli, Ina
Kassim, Alim
Kelly, Suruchi
McGibbon, Geeta
Misra, Nirupama

Naithani, Alli
Nambudiripad, Guptan
Nath, Deepak
Norton, Lisa Gada
Ramaswamy, Aparna
Shah, Rajiv
Shah, Vishant