At Risk Stories - Dr. Arvind Menon

Full Oral History Interview

Mr. Arvind Menon

Birthplace

Description

Arvind Menon is one of the pioneers of the Indian community in Chicago, being a very successful physician who came to the US when there was high demand for doctors from abroad in the late 1960s. The interview includes discussion of very early memories of his family evacuating Burma (present day Myanmar) as well as their alignment with Gandhi’s movement for India's freedom. He discusses the value of key connections to people who helped him in his career and the differences between living in rural versus urban America as an Indian. After retirement, Arvind has become more interested in the medicinal knowledge of his ancestors and has taken up meditation and yoga practice regularly. Other topics discussed include: the combination of hard work and luck, immigration to the US versus to the UK, his love of sports.

Identifier

oh420

License

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

Date Recorded

April 20, 2021

Extent

53:55

Reason for Immigration

Medical training

Occupation

Physician

Occupation of Parent(s)

Medical officer in British in Burma (father); homemaker (mother)

Schooling

Madras University

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