At Risk Stories - Dr. Mallikarjuna Rao and Dr. Satyavathi Anne

Dr. Mallikarjuna Rao and Dr. Satyavathi Anne (At Risk Stories)

Full Oral History Interview

Mr. Mallikarjuna Rao and Ms. Satyavathi Anne



Mallikarjuna Rao, 80, and Satyavathi Anne, 79, are retired pathologists, both born and raised in villages in the Krishna district of Andhra Pradesh, but they did not meet until medical school when their marriage was arranged. The interview includes discussion of the difficulty of raising small children in the United States while both parents pursued challenging careers in the medical field. They share many of the lessons that they have learned along the way including the differences between how communities support one another in the US versus India, the importance of spiritual and mental health, and the nee to be financially independent in the US. Other topics discussed include: the Hindu Temple of Greater Chicago in Lemont, the Hari temple in Aurora, changes in the safety of Chicago, discrimination, and raising the second generation in America.




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Date Recorded

November 30, 2021


Jitesh Jaggi



Date Of Birth

1941 (Mallikarjuna Rao); 1942 (Satyavathi)

Date of Immigration

1967 (Mallikarjuna Rao); 1970 (Satyavathi)

Reason for Immigration

Medical training (Mallikarjuna Rao); Marriage (Satyavathi)

Port of Entry

New York, NY


Physicians, pathology

Occupation of Parent(s)

Mallikarjuna Rao: Farmer (father); Homemaker (mother) | Satyavathi: Stock trader (father); Homemaker (mother)

Number of Siblings

3 (Mallikarjuna Rao); 5 (Satyavathi)

Family's Religion



through high school in home villages; medical training in Chicago and Chennai

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