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Pramila Jayapal Interview I

Date: May 10, 2004


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Pramila Jayapal Interview I
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Family background: born in Madras, India Segment 1 of 38 [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
Pramila Jayapal Interview I
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Memories of maternal grandfather's love of literature and history Segment 2 of 38 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Pramila Jayapal Interview I
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Maternal grandfather's commitment to ensuring the higher education of his children Segment 3 of 38 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Pramila Jayapal Interview I
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Early memories of growing up in India: grandmother's religious background, grandparents' home, sounds of street vendors Segment 4 of 38 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Pramila Jayapal Interview I
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Moving to Indonesia to attend the Jakarta International School as a kindergartener Segment 5 of 38 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
Pramila Jayapal Interview I
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Languages learned while growing up: native language of Malayalam, English, and Indonesian Segment 6 of 38 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Pramila Jayapal Interview I
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Exposure to people of diverse ethnic backgrounds while attending the Jakarta International School: "it was a remarkable school" Segment 7 of 38 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Pramila Jayapal Interview I
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Questioning at an early age the exclusive policies of the Jakarta International School, and awareness of economic inequities Segment 8 of 38 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Pramila Jayapal Interview I
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Feeling distanced from Indian heritage as a child Segment 9 of 38 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
Pramila Jayapal Interview I
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Description of parents' values and expectations: strong work ethic, importance of education and compassion Segment 10 of 38 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Pramila Jayapal Interview I
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Role of religion in life as a child: exposure to Christianity leads to questioning of traditional faith Segment 11 of 38 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Pramila Jayapal Interview I
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Growing up in the caste system in India and observing the hierarchical inequalities Segment 12 of 38 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
Pramila Jayapal Interview I
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Parents' efforts to provide their daughters with opportunities: watching older sister leave for college in the United States Segment 13 of 38 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Pramila Jayapal Interview I
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Decision to go to Georgetown University, not even realizing it was a Catholic institution Segment 14 of 38 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
Pramila Jayapal Interview I
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington First impressions of the United States: surprise at the spaciousness, experiencing snow for the first time Segment 15 of 38 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Pramila Jayapal Interview I
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Interactions with fellow students at Georgetown: "I remember being amazed at how little people knew about the rest of the world" Segment 16 of 38 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Pramila Jayapal Interview I
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington An encounter with racial prejudice when interviewing for a job Segment 17 of 38 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Pramila Jayapal Interview I
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Incomplete knowledge of details of U.S. history Segment 18 of 38 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Pramila Jayapal Interview I
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Choosing a major in college: personal desires versus father's wishes Segment 19 of 38 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
Pramila Jayapal Interview I
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Dissatisfaction with the investment banking world: standing out as a woman of color Segment 20 of 38 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
Pramila Jayapal Interview I
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Encountering stereotypes and prejudice in work as an investment banker and later as a sales rep Segment 21 of 38 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
Pramila Jayapal Interview I
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Description of the fast-paced, corporate culture, the bad and the good Segment 22 of 38 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
Pramila Jayapal Interview I
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Changing careers: enrolling at business school, finding an internship in Thailand, and working for a company that manufactured heart equipment Segment 23 of 38 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Thoughts on decision to leave investment banking Segment 24 of 38 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
Pramila Jayapal Interview I
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Encountering hostility and overcoming hurdles in the Midwest while working as a high-end sales rep for Physio-Control Segment 25 of 38 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
Pramila Jayapal Interview I
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Getting married and traveling abroad Segment 26 of 38 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
Pramila Jayapal Interview I
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Taking a job with the Fund for Technology Transfer; becoming interested in international development Segment 27 of 38 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
Pramila Jayapal Interview I
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Discussion of the dangers of traveling alone in countries with unstable governments Segment 28 of 38 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
Pramila Jayapal Interview I
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Thoughts on own identity: feeling like an "insider" versus an "outsider" Segment 29 of 38 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
Pramila Jayapal Interview I
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Returning to live in India for two years on a fellowship: "a pilgrimage to find out who I really was" Segment 30 of 38 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Living in India immersed in village life Segment 31 of 38 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
Pramila Jayapal Interview I
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Observing the effects of technology and globalization on Indian society Segment 32 of 38 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
Pramila Jayapal Interview I
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Thoughts on the concept of "progress" through observations in India Segment 33 of 38 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
Pramila Jayapal Interview I
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Learning about Swadhyaya, an evolving spiritual movement in India Segment 34 of 38 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
Pramila Jayapal Interview I
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Giving birth to an ill child in India: grappling with the issues of Indian versus Western medical care Segment 35 of 38 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
Pramila Jayapal Interview I
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington While coping with difficult birth of son in India, being forced to deal with U.S. immigration system and the threat of having green card revoked Segment 36 of 38 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
Pramila Jayapal Interview I
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Deciding to write a book about experiences in India Segment 37 of 38 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Becoming a U.S. citizen: feeling moved by the ceremony, yet struggling with the requirement to renounce allegiance and emotional ties to any other country Segment 38 of 38 [ Previous segment ] For more information, visit Densho
Topics: Japanese Americans, Oral history