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Oral History Collection

India Association of Minnesota Oral History Project

NAME: Mansur Kassim-Lakha
DATE: January 14, 1995
PLACE: Kassim-Lakha's home, Stillwater, Minnesota
INTERVIEWER: Polly Sonifer

PROJECT SERIES: India Association of Minnesota Oral History Project

BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION: Mansur Kassim-Lakha was born in Kenya to a family of Indian descent. He attended boarding school and college in England and then moved to Minnesota and finished his undergraduate work. Kassim-Lakha is a businessman.

SUBJECTS DISCUSSED: Indian immigration to East Africa; boarding school experiences; differences between American and British schools; value of education; marriage and family; early work history; experiences in Nebraska; parenting-instilling values; work with the India Club; other Indian community work, Twin Cities Muslim community; important family and cultural values; the mixing of Eastern and Western values; respect of elders. Visits to England and Kenya; children's education; the value of academics; maintaining family ties back to Africa; the struggle of maintaining long-distance relationships.

COMMENTS ON INTERVIEW: The original cassettes are nominally 60 minutes long, but actually longer than that, so three 60-minute tapes were needed for the user copies.

SOUND RECORDINGS: User copy:
3 60-minute cassettes
Original:
2 60-minute cassettes

LENGTH OF INTERVIEW:

RESTRICTIONS ON USE: None

TRANSCRIPT: 43 pages

ACCESSION NUMBER: AV 1995.103.6