Roots & Reflections: South Asians in the Pacific Northwest, By Amy Bhatt and Nalini Iyer - Washington State Historical Society
University of Washington Press

Roots & Reflections: South Asians in the Pacific Northwest, By Amy Bhatt and Nalini Iyer

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Roots & Reflections: South Asians in the Pacific Northwest, By Amy Bhatt and Nalini Iyer.

"Immigrants from South Asia first began settling in Washington and Oregon in the nineteenth century but because of restrictions placed on Asian immigration to the United States in the early twentieth century, the vast majority have come to the Pacific Northwest since World War II.  Roots and Reflections uses oral history to show how South Asian immigrant experiences were shaped by the region and how the differed over time and across generations. It includes the stories of immigrants from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka who arrived from the end of World War II to the 1980s.

Personal stories combine with historical, media, and popular culture accounts to illuminate the themes of departure and arrival, gender relations, education, work, marriage, parenting, ties with the home country, and community building. By exploring the regional dimension of the global immigrant phenomena, this important study deconstructs stereotypes and cultural assumptions made by non-South Asians and South Asians alike."


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