At Risk Stories - Ms. Shimmi Chandra

Full Oral History Interview

Ms. Shimmi Chandra

Birthplace

Description

Shimmi Chandra, 85, is a retired real estate agent and one of the pioneering members of the Indian American community in the United States. She arrived in 1959 with her husband and they founded Indian associations in every city they went, from Toronto, Canada to Buffalo, New York. The interview includes discussion of her husband’s unique research speciality in Physics, which took them to several different cities and back to India for a few years before they settled in Chicago in 1971. She describes developing her career as a real estate agent after her three children were grown, experiencing racial discrimination in the South, and her husband’s passing. Other topics discussed include: founding the Network of Young Indian Americans, traveling by ship and airplane, and the collegiality of university communities.

Identifier

oh403

License

Creative Commons License (CC BY-NC-SA 4.0).

Date Recorded

August 28, 2021

Interviewer

Jitesh Jaggi, Rohit Srivastava

Extent

1:13:37

Date Of Birth

March 4, 1936

Place of Birth or Hometown

Ganj Dundwara, India Agra, India

Date of Immigration

1959

Reason for Immigration

Husband's employment

Port of Entry

New York, NY

Occupation

Homemaker and Real estate agent

Occupation of Parent(s)

Physician (father); Homemaker (mother)

Number of Siblings

4

Family's Religion

Hinduism

Languages Spoken

Hindi

Schooling

through high school in Ganj Dundwara

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