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Build the Indo-American Oral History Project (Houston TX)

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THE STORY:

The Houston Indo-American Oral History Project is an initiative of the Foundation for India Studies. It is a collaborative project being done in cooperation with the Houston Public Library (HPL) and Houston Community College System (HCCS) and engages members of the Indo-American community living in Houston, Texas to record their life stories and experiences in America as immigrants. 


Project objectives: To develop a centralized oral history archive of the experiences of the first generation Indo- Americans settled in Houston through their own narratives and make it available to the researchers, educationist, historians and help the next generation Indians to trace their roots. 


Methodology Utilize the latest audio and video modern technologies to record, transcribe and archive to the preserve the rich history of the first generation and present generation Indo-Americans for posterity and their contributions to the city of Houston in various fields. 

To achieve this goal, live interviews are conducted by the FIS interviewers.


The purpose of Oral History interviews will be: 

-To understand their motives for immigration to America and their choice to settle in Houston. 

-To document their educational and skill training before and after their arrival 

-To understand the conditions at the time of their arrival and how they surmounted the racial, cultural and language barriers and color discrimination 

-To understand their interaction with their neighborhoods, the formation of social organizations and their involvement with religion including construction of temples, churches, and mosques 

-To gain an understanding of the challenges they faced and their initial experiences as newcomers with regard to their acceptance by the local communities 

-Their gradual integration into the mainstream communities while preserving their separate cultural identity 

-To learn how Indian immigrants attempted to influence public policy for the betterment of Indo-US relations 

-To record the concerns and anxieties of first generation immigrants about the future of their children and grandchildren growing up in American culture and the erosion of Indian cultural and religious values.

-To record their concerns regarding the gradual erosion of Indian identity due to the increasing number of interracial marriages 

-Their involvement in the mainstream political, social and economic environment in Houston 

-To detail the history of immigrant businesses in the Hillcroft’s India sector of the Mahatma Gandhi District in Houston 

-To record their experiences at their workplaces and businesses - and more! 


Help us build the project further by donating funds to the Foundation for India Studies!  The funds collected via this campaign will be used to cover service costs for Houston Indo-American Oral History Project.


Thank you, 

Ravi Brahmbhatt 

Chair of Houston Indo-American Oral History Project

Board Member of Foundation for India Studies

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