Masala Chat Project - Ms. Mohini Pai

Full Oral History Interview

Ms. Mohini Pai

Birthplace

Description

Mohini Pai, 83, is a retired investment manager and non-profit leader. The interview includes detailed discussion of her early and young adult life in India and Kenya with her parents and six younger siblings. She discusses working as a teacher before traveling to Ellis Island by boat in 1957 for a Fulbright scholarship for post-graduate studies. Mohini has given her time to advocate for those who are less fortunate than her, such as the untouchable class and victims of domestic violence. Other topics discussed include: discrimination against women in the US versus India, deciding to become a citizen, the Chicago marches of Martin Luther King, Jr., and reconnecting to her heritage through her daughters’ weddings.

Identifier

oh610

License

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

Date Recorded

May 31, 2017

Interviewer

Happie Datt

Extent

01:19:29

Date Of Birth

1934

Place of Birth or Hometown

Kaithal, India

Date of Immigration

1957 and 1968

Reason for Immigration

Education

Port of Entry

New York, NY

Occupation

Teacher; Investment broker

Occupation of Parent(s)

Physician in British military (father); Midwife (mother)

Number of Siblings

6

Family's Religion

Hinduism Arya Samaj

Schooling

elementary school in Dina Nagar; segregated high schools in Kenya; Lucknow Women's College
Residence In United States Other Than Chicago Tuscon, AZ San Francisco, CA

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