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Oral History Interview with Vilma K. Patel

BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION: Vimla K. Patel was born in India. She attended college in India and came to 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.

Date: June 16, 1994
Subject(s): Vilma K. Patel
Type: Oral History
Language: English
Creator: Polly Sonifer
Location: Maplewood, MN

Holding Institution: Minnesota Historical Society
Collection: India Association of Minnesota Oral History Project
Additional Information: Phase 1
Item History: 2016-11-03 (created); 2016-11-03 (modified)

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