• How Yoga Intrigued America in the 1920s

    How Yoga Intrigued America in the 1920s December 2016 - In the early 1900s, with few South Asians in the USA, America had fantastic ideas about yoga’s power and the itinerant men from India who taught it. Yoga even played a part in an impeachment!

  • Legacies of the 1965 Immigration Act

    Legacies of the 1965 Immigration Act October 2016 - Inspired by the Civil Rights revolution, the 1965 Immigration Act abolished the discriminatory national origins quotas. Indian-Americans particularly have felt the effects.

  • Madame Pandit Lecture on Trade Opportunities

    Madame Pandit Lecture on Trade Opportunities July 2016 - 7/27/49: Madame Vijaya Lakshmi Pandit (1900-1990), “India’s First Ambassador to the U.S.,” spoke on “Opportunities for Trade with India” in San Francisco. She was related to three Prime Ministers.

  • Deportation by Arrhythmia

    Deportation by Arrhythmia July 2016 - 7/29/13: Arjan Singh arrived in San Francisco by ship, but was deported on the grounds that his arrhythmia would affect his ability to earn a living and would make him "a public charge."

  • American Sympathy for India’s Untouchables

    American Sympathy for India’s Untouchables July 2016 - 7/31/46: In a letter to B.R. Ambedkar, W.E.B. Du Bois enclosed a statement by the National Negro Congress to the UN Council, and wrote of his sympathy with the Untouchables of India.”

  • India’s Watumull family looms large as a retailer in Hawaii

    India’s Watumull family looms large as a retailer in Hawaii June 2016 - June 3, 1937—A four-page advertisement marks the opening of the Watumull Building in Honolulu. There are articles about G.J. and J. Watumull, and ads for the stores in the building.

  • “Color Me Queer on the Pier”

    “Color Me Queer on the Pier” June 2016 - June 23, 2001—"Color Me Queer On the Pier” was the 6th Annual Queer People of Color Pride Dance in New York City. An organizer was the South Asian Lesbian and Gay Association.

  • Indian students in Chicago protest Indira Gandhi’s emergency rule

    Indian students in Chicago protest Indira Gandhi’s emergency rule June 2016 - June 26, 1975—the day the Gandhi-led government declared the state of emergency, a meeting to “Protest Indira Gandhi’s Subversion of Democracy” was organized by Indian students in Chicago.

  • Sitar Player Shanta Nurullah Part of an All-Women Band

    Sitar Player Shanta Nurullah Part of an All-Women Band May 2016 - May 6, 1983—A concert by the all-women band “Sojourner” in Chicago. Shanta Nurullah was an African-American college student who went to India to study the Dalits and discovered the sitar.

  • “Hindoo” Boy in Marine Corps Band

    “Hindoo” Boy in Marine Corps Band May 2016 - May 16, 1918—At a Marine Corps Band concert, a solemn Hindoo boy, no bigger than a doll, beat a drum with the assistance of the Marine drummer. Find out more about this boy.

 

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