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Oral History Interview with Sister Jancy and Sister Tresa Jose

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.

Date: January 21, 1995
Type: Oral History
Language: English
Creator: Polly Sonifer
Location: Deephaven, 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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