Minnesota Immigrant Oral Histories

India Association of Minnesota Oral History Project (Phase 1)

IAM Oral History Project phase 1 participants


DATE: 1993 – 1995

INTERVIEWER: Polly Sonifer

In the spring of 1992, a committee of the India History Association of Minnesota met to discuss how to preserve the history of immigrants of Asian Indian heritage. This committee recognized that the stories of the earliest Asian Indian immigrants in Minnesota - who arrived in the late 1950s and early 1960s - would soon be lost with the passing of time.

The goal of this joint oral history project between the India Association of Minnesota and the Minnesota Historical Society was to record the experiences of Asian Indian immigrants in Minnesota. Each immigrant briefly describes his or her family of origin, the social context in which he or she was raised and the decision to immigrate to the United States. The interviews focus heavily on values and attitudes, comparing and contrasting the "Indian way" with the "American way", especially as they relate to family, marriage, parenting, work and community life. Narrators also speak about their association with Indian social groups or religious organizations in the United States.

LENGTH OF INTERVIEWS: 27 hours 24 minutes

TRANSCRIPTS: 467 pages