Masala Chat Project - Mr. Ashok Patel

Full Oral History Interview

Transcript (Document)

Birthplace

Description

Ashok Patel is a retired physician who was Chief of Hematology at Cook County Hospital for more than thirty years. The interview includes discussion of his young life in India and Fiji and life as a foreign medical graduate student in the US with is wife Daksha. The couple fell in love in medical school in India, but struggled to have a wedding during the Indo-Pakistani War of 1971-1972. Ashok also discusses his father's position as Fiji's Speaker of the House and his work as a freedom fighter against the British. Other topics discussed include: raising children, American holidays, the difficulty of being a vegetarian in the US.

Identifier

oh625

License

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

Date Recorded

December 12, 2016

Interviewer

Providence Duggan

Extent

01:15:21

Place of Birth or Hometown

Nadiad, India Fiji

Date of Immigration

1965

Reason for Immigration

Medical training

Port of Entry

Occupation

Physician, hematology

Occupation of Parent(s)

Lawyer (father); Homemaker (mother)

Number of Siblings

2

Family's Religion

Schooling

multiple grammar and high schools; Indian medical school

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