Oral History Collection

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India Association of Minnesota Oral History Project

NAME: Sudhansu Misra
DATE: June 7, 1993, and May 5, 1994
PLACE: Roseville, Minnesota
INTERVIEWER: Polly Sonifer

PROJECT SERIES: India Association of Minnesota Oral History Project

BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION: Sudhansu Misra was born in India where he attended high school and graduated from college. He continued his studies in Ohio and Michigan. He came to Minnesota where he and his wife operate a heath care facility.

SUBJECTS DISCUSSED: His early desire to live abroad; education; family reaction to his travel to America; extended families; arranged marriages; departing India and traveling to Ohio; education experiences in Michigan; communicating with family in India; efforts to make him feel comfortable in Ohio; making friends with Americans; early work experiences, seeing discrimination, decision to remain in U.S.; experiences acquiring visa and security clearance; visits to India in early 1960s. Marriage, differences between American and Indian child rearing practices; instilling Indian culture; involvement in the India Club and School of India for Languages and Culture (SILC); experiences in Florida; organizing Indians in the Tampa/St. Petersburg area; India Club in Minneapolis; work with Council of Asian and Pacific Minnesotans; Hindu community; Indian dancing; social activities; separation by language groups; benefits and disadvantages of belonging to Indian associations; his current work; impact of being an immigrant on work; important family values; mixing of Eastern and Western values; changes in the local Indian community; older immigrants; and retirement plans.

COMMENTS ON INTERVIEW:

SOUND RECORDINGS: User copy:
3 60-minute cassettes
Original:
2 100-minute cassettes

LENGTH OF INTERVIEW:

RESTRICTIONS ON USE: None

TRANSCRIPT: 47 pages

ACCESSION NUMBER: AV 1995.103.8