Viji Kannan


H.V., March 19, 2017
"We exchanged presents for Christmas, which was new to me. It was the first time I saw a Christmas tree and how it was decorated."
Viji Kannan

Introductory Profile: About Viji Kannan

Viji is my mother. She is on the shorter side, thin, with wavy long black hair. She was born in Tamil Nadu, India in the late 60ís. She is a very strong, intelligent women. Viji is the kind of person you could have extensive conversations with, without them getting drawn out too far. She enjoys cooking and spending time with her kids. She majored in business. She immigrated to the U.S. with my father and my older sister in 1999. I was born four years later.

Viji believes that each immigrant has a different story. She told me that people immigrate for countless reasons, but mostly for a better life and greater opportunities. Some of her pastimes include cooking, sewing and playing chess. She moved to St. Paul, Minnesota from India, then to San Jose, California, and finally to Austin, Texas. She is a very friendly person who loves to met new people and explore new places.

Viji talked about her experience immigrating to the U.S. and how she felt. Viji explains the specific process she went through to come to the U.S. and why. She talked about the culinary aspects of immigration and learning to cook with new ingredients, making new recipes. She touched on Indian grocery markets, and meeting new friends. She talked about her host family and learning about American culture. She talks in with a very calm, gentle, quiet and slow tone. She spoke with deeper, more meaningful diction.