Bengali Harlem and the Lost Histories of South Asian America by Vivek Bald

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Nineteenth-century Muslim peddlers arrived at Ellis Island, bags heavy with embroidered silks from their villages in Bengal. Demand for “Oriental goods” took these migrants on a curious path, from New Jersey’s boardwalks into the segregated South. Bald’s history reveals cross-racial affinities below the surface of early twentieth-century America.

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Vivek Bald is Assistant Professor of Writing and Digital Media at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is the director of three documentary films: Taxi-vala/Auto-biography, Mutiny: Asians Storm British Music, and In Search of Bengali Harlem (forthcoming). More information can be found at:
Published January 7, 2013 by Harvard University Press. 320 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction

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