Sonal Bhuchar oral history interview and transcript
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This recording and transcript form part of a collection of oral history interviews conducted by the Chao Center for Asian Studies at Rice University. This collection includes audio recordings and transcripts of interviews with Asian Americans native to or living in Houston.
Sonal Bhuchar was born in Mumbai, India in 1960. She came to the U.S. and Houston for the first time in 1984 with her husband who was perusing his medical career in pediatrics and family medicine. She was also in healthcare as a physical therapist. After initially settling in Houston, she moved with her husband to Long Island, NY and then to Lubbock, TX. She currently lives in the Fort Bend area near Houston, TX. After becoming increasingly involved in her children’s schools, she ran for a position on the Fort Bend ISD Board of Trustees. After winning a seat, she helped manage fiscal appropriations for the district, and served as president for two terms. With her experience in education and healthcare, Sonal decided to run for Texas State Representative on the republican ticket, for which she was not successful. Nevertheless, she is still very interested in politics, and serves for several non-profits including Fort Bend Education Foundation, Indo-American Charity Foundation, Child Advocates of Fort Bend, and Texas Medical Association Alliance. She speaks three languages in addition to English, including Hindi, Gujarati, and Marathi. She has three children, who now have careers of their own. She lives in the Fort Bend area with her husband where the couple shares a joint office that combines her physical therapy practice with his family medicine practice.