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00:00:01 - Introduction / Growing up in Zambia

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Partial Transcript: I'm Jack Wilson interviewing Dr. Shamik Aikat, uh, for Africans in the Bluegrass Oral History Project at the University of Kentucky.

Segment Synopsis: Shamik Aikat went from India with his parents who became secondary school teachers in Ethiopia when he was 18 months old and then to Zambia, first in a small village Samfya and then in Kitwe in the Copperbelt province of Zambia. He went to primary and secondary school, a school with students from Europe as well as Zambian students. He stayed behind to finish school when his parents went to England for his father's graduate education. After his parents moved to Algeria to teach, he attended University of Zambia in Lusaka for one year before deciding to go back to India.

Keywords: Algeria; England; Ethiopia; India; Kitwe; Lusaka; Zambia

Subjects: Education; Family background; Moving

GPS: India
Map Coordinates: 21, 78
GPS: Ethiopia
Map Coordinates: 8, 38
GPS: Samfya, Zambia
Map Coordinates: -11.35, 29.55
GPS: Kitwe, Zambia
Map Coordinates: -12.816667, 28.2
GPS: University of Zambia
Map Coordinates: -15.4, 28.333333
00:07:30 - Medical school in India / More training in England

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Partial Transcript: Uh, and you continued your university studies in India?

Segment Synopsis: Aikat started with bachelor of science to prepare for medical school, got into medical school in 1986, and finished in 1990. He wanted to do post graduate work in the U.S. but went to England first for more training and then in 1995 started interviewing for residencies in the U.S. He came to the U.S. in 1998 to Cleveland Clinic.

Keywords: Cleveland Clinic; Internships; Medical College Admission Test (MCAT); Medical residency

Subjects: Emigration and immigration.; Immigrants; Medical education

GPS: India
Map Coordinates: 21, 78
GPS: England
Map Coordinates: 51.5, -0.116667
GPS: Cleveland (Ohio)
Map Coordinates: 41.482222, -81.669722
00:11:59 - Impressions of the U.S. in Cleveland, Ohio and Washington, D.C.

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Partial Transcript: So when you came to the U.S., uh, was it what you had envisioned, uh, at all back when you first set your heart on the idea?

Segment Synopsis: Aikat arrived in 1998 in Cleveland, Ohio in winter, a "brutal awakening." He compares diversity in New York and Cleveland and diversity in his residency program. He moved to Washington D.C. in 2000 and was at George Washington University until 2004.

Keywords: Cardiology; Cleveland Clinic; Diversity; George Washington University; Impressions of U.S.

Subjects: Cleveland (Ohio); Emigration and immigration.; Immigrants; Washington (D.C.)

GPS: Cleveland (Ohio)
Map Coordinates: 41.482222, -81.669722
GPS: Washington (D.C.)
Map Coordinates: 38.904722, -77.016389
00:16:46 - Moving to Kentucky and acculturation

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Partial Transcript: Uh, and tell me about that move.

Segment Synopsis: Aikat had to work in an underserved area for at least a year and so moved to Richmond to work in London. He liked the open spaces and hills. "We absolutely loved living in Richmond." He has friends from Zambia and India in Richmond, and can buy Indian food in Lexington. He has had very positive, accepting experiences with patients, and the parents of friends of his three children.

Keywords: Adjusting to Kentucky; Green card obligation; London (Ky.); Richmond (Ky.)

Subjects: Friendship; Immigrants--Kentucky; Kentucky

GPS: London (Ky.)
Map Coordinates: 37.1275, -84.084167
GPS: Richmond (Ky.)
Map Coordinates: 37.724167, -84.292778
00:26:38 - Good, bad, and unique experiences

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Partial Transcript: Um, can you give me an example of what you would call a, a really good e, experience, uh, that you've had living in the U.S. or living in Kentucky and then maybe, uh, an experience, uh, that wasn't so good?

Segment Synopsis: Aikat understands cultural differences in eastern Kentucky because of his previous cross-cultural experiences.

Keywords: Gratitude; Positive experiences; Rural; Urban

Subjects: Immigrants--Kentucky

GPS: Kentucky
Map Coordinates: 37.5, -85
00:31:42 - Family

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Partial Transcript: Uh, talk a little bit more about your family.

Segment Synopsis: Aikat's wife is a physician who works in Berea, his three children go to Model Laboratory School in Richmond, and his mother who is 79 lives with them. His children understand Bengali.

Keywords: Children; Kids; Model Lab School: Bengali; Multigenerational

Subjects: Families.; Identity (Psychology); Immigrants--Kentucky

GPS: Berea (Ky.)
Map Coordinates: 37.576944, -84.293611
GPS: Richmond (Ky.)
Map Coordinates: 37.724167, -84.292778
00:33:35 - His identity and connections to Zambia and India

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Partial Transcript: And do you, do you have any, uh, relatives or, or friends still in Zambia?

Segment Synopsis: Because of spending two decades in Zambia, Aikat feels strong attachment to Zambia as well as India. He answers the question "Where are you from?" by saying, "It is a long story."

Keywords: Connections; India; Sisters; Zambia

Subjects: Communication; Emigration and immigration.; Identity (Psychology); Immigrants--Kentucky

GPS: Zambia
Map Coordinates: -15, 30
GPS: India
Map Coordinates: 21, 78
00:36:02 - Contributions to Kentucky

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Partial Transcript: Uh, what kinds of questions, uh, do people here ask you, uh, about your birth country, or about Zambia, or your background?

Segment Synopsis: Aikat talks about Americans' perceptions and lack of education about Africa. He tells story about older man in his office in Jackson singing a song for him and someone who brought milk from his cow. He talks about immigrants from Africa and what he sees as a different "warrior spirit, striving" mentality from African-Americans. He says he considers himself more and more an American and Kentuckian and plans to retire here.

Keywords: Jackson; Warrior spirit

Subjects: Identity (Psychology); Immigrants--Kentucky

GPS: Kentucky
Map Coordinates: 37.5, -85