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Title: R1193_Merged Tracks_Avtar Singh Jouhl
Description: This is an oral history interview with Avtar Singh Jouhl, recorded between October 1991 - February 1992, as part of the Birmingham Black Oral History Project (BBOHP), discussing his life in India and the UK.
Avtar lived in Punjab, India until 1958 when he left college and travelled to England hoping to continue his studies. He worked in foundries in Birmingham and joined the Indian Workers Association after experiencing inequalities in the workplace. He talks about his upbringing in rural Punjab, India, his involvement with Trade Unions and politics and his work and family life in Birmingham.
These recordings include racially explicit content, including discussions of racism, prejudice and violence; and language and phrasing that we would not use today. Some of this content might be unsuitable for younger listeners or triggering for People of Colour.
We recommend reading the description for each track before choosing to listen.

R1193
Track 01 Punjabi Music
Avtar talks about the subjects of Punjabi music

Track 02 Poem Inspired by a Birthday Card
Avtar tells of how an image on a birthday card inspired him to write some poetry

Track 03 Poem Inspired by a Birthday Card (Continued)
Avtar tells of how an image on a birthday card inspired him to write some poetry

Track 04 Problems of Being an Immigrant
Avtar talks of the ongoing problems for immigrants

Track 05 Problems of Being an Immigrant (Continued) / Fight Against Racism
Avtar talks of the ongoing problems for immigrants and the fight against racism

Track 06 Ruling Class and Working Class
Avtar talks about ruling and working classes and prejudice at work

Track 07 Prejudice at Work
Avtar talks about an incident where he was not offered a course at work

Track 08 Prejudice at Work (Continued) / Racism
Avtar talks about an incident at work and more generally about racism in society

Track 09 Punjabi Identity
Avtar talks about why he identifies as Punjabi rather than British

Track 10 Democracy and Racism
Avtar gives his thoughts on the democratic process of voting
Keywords:
Birmingham Museums Trust/Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery
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India
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Birmingham history
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Sound Archive
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Oral History
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Social history
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Black History
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Social history
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BBOHP
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Social history
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Birmingham Black Oral History Project
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South Asia
   
Usage Rights: CC BY-NC 3.0 - Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 You are free to share & adapt this material. Credit: © Birmingham Museums Trust
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