Special Programs & Events
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The face of immigrants from India has changed significantly since their first arrival to the continent at the turn of the twentieth century. Then, they were from one ethno-religious group, namely Sikhs. The Sikh immigrants were mostly farmers who had settled on the west coast. Contemporary immigrants from India, however, are very diverse in terms of their religious, ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds. There are some who are professors, engineers and doctors, and there are others who are restaurant owners, taxi drivers, and waiters. Indians can be Gujarati, Punjabi, Bengali, Marathi as well as Christians, Hindus and Muslims. Members of this group are also not as concentrated in space as the early immigrants. Over the years, some have come to occupy prominent spaces in American politics as well. This within group diversity is what makes Indian immigrants interesting, but it also makes it challenging to pinpoint ‘the’ Indian American experience. How do members of this immigrant group relate to their co-ethnics? How do they fit within the fabric of larger American society? And, what does it mean for them to be Indian and what does it mean for them to American? My goal in this lecture is to shed light on questions such as these and offer insights into the complexity that is part and parcel of the Indian American experience.
FREE with Museum admission.
The Guinness Collection staff invites you to explore the New Jersey mechanical music industry, and enjoy a curator’s tour of the featured exhibit, “Musically, Made in New Jersey.”
Tickets: $7 Members/$9 Non-Members For tickets, call 973.971.3706.
Image: Olympia 15-1/2″ Disc Music Box, c1898-1900, F.G. Otto & Sons, Jersey City, NJ, 2003.18.183a-c