Oral Histories

Interview of Robert Takeuchi

Project India: The Early Years
Project India
UCLA and University of California History
UCLA History: Events and Projects
Brownstein, Bettina Ellen
Takeuchi, Robert
Supporting Documents:
Records relating to the interview are located in the office of the UCLA Library's Center for Oral History Research.
Regents of the University of California, UCLA Library.
Series Statement:
This is a series of interviews with former UCLA students who participated in Project India, a program founded by Adaline Guenther, executive secretary of the University Religious Conference. Operating at the height of the Cold War, Project India was a cultural exchange program in which UCLA students toured India, speaking to Indian students and attempting to familiarize them with American life and the benefits of democracy.
Project India interview, selection process, and training program; Makeup of the Project India team; Adaline Guenther and her relations with Project India members; Initial impressions of India; Goals of Project India; Motivation for joining; Itinerary in India; Reactions to and response from Indian students; Incident with Communist group; Relationships with fellow Project Indians and personal development; Background before joining Project India; Subsequent trip to Japan; Funding of Project India and relation with the U.S. government.