Oral History Collection

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India Association of Minnesota Oral History Project

NAME: Kusum Saxena
DATE: September 30, 1994
PLACE: Saxena's home, Little Canada, Minnesota
INTERVIEWER: Polly Sonifer

PROJECT SERIES: India Association of Minnesota Oral History Project

BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION: Kusum Saxena was born in India where she graduated from college and did postgraduate studies. In the late 1950s, she and her husband immigrated to the U.S, living first in Massachusetts and later in Minnesota. Saxena is a physician.

SUBJECTS DISCUSSED: Her childhood and education; her medical education; marriage; the decision to immigrate; early years in St. Paul; balancing demands of home and career; cultural differences; Hindu Society of Minnesota; Hindu Mandir (temple); American Indian community; discrimination; social activities; career and professional activities; domestic violence; recent changes in the Indian community; national pride; her work history; maintaining ties with family in India.

COMMENTS ON INTERVIEW: Attached to the end of the transcript is an appendix with family, education, honors, immigration and work history, as well as a dedication for the document.

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

LENGTH OF INTERVIEW:

RESTRICTIONS ON USE: None

TRANSCRIPT: 37 pages

ACCESSION NUMBER: AV 1995.103.12