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Oral History Collection

India Association of Minnesota Oral History Project

NAME: Vimla K. Patel
DATE: June 16, 1994
PLACE: Maplewood, Minnesota
INTERVIEWER: Polly Sonifer

PROJECT SERIES: India Association of Minnesota Oral History Project

BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION: Vimla K. Patel was born in India. She attended college in India and came to the Pennsylvania to continue her studies. After graduation, she moved to Minnesota.

SUBJECTS DISCUSSED: Her decision to come to the U.S. to study; initial troubles with English and American food; adjusting to cold weather; marriage; first encounters with African-Americans; impressions of African-Americans; instilling Indian values; efforts to preserve Indian culture; Hindu temple in Minnesota; differences in Indian and American parenting styles; the Indian community in Minnesota; Gujarati Society; the India Club; discrimination; maintaining family ties, family values, visiting India; and plans for the future.

COMMENTS ON INTERVIEW:

SOUND RECORDINGS: User copy:
1 90-minute cassettes
Original:
2 60-minute cassettes

LENGTH OF INTERVIEW:

RESTRICTIONS ON USE: None

TRANSCRIPT: 30 pages

ACCESSION NUMBER: AV 1995.103.10