Leicester Oral History Archive Collection
Speaker: Anon, 1942 - , Interviewee, Female, Teacher;
Speaker: Florance, John, Interviewer, Male
Summary of interview item: Describes an affluent upbringing in Kenya and training as a teacher Recalls differences with Uganda where she moved when married in 1966.Mentions volatile state of Uganda when Amin came to power in 1972. Talks about the Asian community in Uganda and how she felt no prejudice, although some Africans were exploited. Describes situation when they were given 90 days to leave Uganda; feelings of panic, need to bribe people to leave and smuggling jewellery out. Recalls first impressions of reception camp in England and reaction to cold weather. Describes her ease of getting a job, but husband had difficulty. Recalls reaction to Leicester and settling in being made easier by her knowledge of English customs. Reflects on how the community has prospered and expresses worry at children losing touch with Asian culture.
Place of birth: Kenya
Marital Status: Married, Children:
Father's Occupation: Company owner
Location: County: Leicestershire
Location: Town/Place: Leicester
Periods Covered: 1940s, 1950s, 1960s, 1970s
Recording Date: 26/3/1986
Playing time: 30 mins
Access Restrictions: Restricted Item Copyright: EMOHA
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