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Oral History Interview with Niru Misra

BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION: Niru Misra came to the United States at a young age and became involved in the India Association of Minnesota [IAM] soon after college. She served on the board of IAM for three years before being elected president. SUBJECTS DISCUSSED: Growing up in the United States; professional life; father's involvement with IAM and Niru's subsequent involvement; experience living in the United States during the Vietnam War and the Civil Rights Movement; presence of Indian culture in American media; involvement in the Festival of India; goals of IAM; reaching out to the non-Indian community; service projects and volunteer opportunities through IAM; involvement in School of India for Languages and Culture [SILC]; serving on the board for IAM; organizational structure; gender roles in India versus the United States; serving as president of IAM and the projects undertaken; difficulty in member recruitment; Indian performing arts; challenges faced by IAM; founding the Asian Indian Women's Association [AIWA]; issues dealt with by AIWA such as domestic abuse; immigration and discrimination; changing the name of India Club to India Association of Minnesota; and future challenges of IAM.

Date: September 25, 2004
Subject(s): Niru Misra
Type: Oral History
Language: English
Creator: Polly Sonifer
Location: Minnesota

Holding Institution: Minnesota Historical Society
Collection: India Association of Minnesota Oral History Project
Additional Information: Phase 4
Item History: 2016-12-13 (created); 2016-12-13 (modified)

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