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India Association of Minnesota Oral History Project

NAME: Sister Jancy and Sister Tresa Jose
DATE: January 21, 1995
PLACE: St. Therese's Parish, Deephaven, Minnesota
INTERVIEWER: Polly Sonifer

PROJECT SERIES: India Association of Minnesota Oral History Project

BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION: Sister Jancy and Sister Tresa Jose were born in India where both attended school and college. They immigrated to the U.S. in the early 1970s at the request of their church superiors. Both attained graduate degrees from a Minnesota university while working. Sister Jancy is the assistant principal and Sister Tresa Joe is a teacher at a Catholic school in Minnesota.

SUBJECTS DISCUSSED: Their decisions to become nuns; travel to Minnesota; family reactions to their immigrating to America; arriving in Minneapolis; teacher education in Minnesota; involvement with Malayali groups; differences between life in the United States and life in India; learning American teaching techniques; keeping in touch with family in India; being viewed primarily as nuns rather than as Indians; sharing responsibilities around the house; learning to drive; cooking American and Indian meals; values; changes in Catholic teachings; retirement plans; and trips back to India.

COMMENTS ON INTERVIEW:

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

LENGTH OF INTERVIEW:

RESTRICTIONS ON USE: None

TRANSCRIPT: 22 pages

ACCESSION NUMBER: AV 1995.103.15