Roots and Reflections: South Asians in the Pacific Northwest

Paperback | July 9, 2014

byAmy Bhatt, Nalini IyerForeword byDeepa Banerjee

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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 region since World War II. Roots and Reflections uses oral history to show how South Asian immigrant experiences were shaped by the region and how they 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 through the 1980s.

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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 region since World War II. Roots and Reflections uses oral history to show how South Asian i...

Amy Bhatt is assistant professor of gender and women's studies at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. Nalini Iyer is professor of English at Seattle University.
Format:PaperbackDimensions:276 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.68 inPublished:July 9, 2014Publisher:University Of Washington PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0295994266

ISBN - 13:9780295994260

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Table of Contents

Foreword by Deepa Banerjee Preface

Introduction: Situating StoriesAn Introduction to South Asian Communities in the Pacific Northwest

1. "Finding Traces of Our Existence Here": Pre-World War Two South Asian Migrations

2. Routes and Roots: Stories of Departure and Arrival

3. Creating Professional Classes: Education and Training

4. All in a Day’s Work: Employment, Migration, and Identity

5. Falling from the Tree: Family, Gender, and Generational Differences

6. Seeds Take Root: Growing South Asian Communities in the Pacific Northwest

Epilogue: Meditations on Methodologies

Appendix 1. Interviews in the South Asian Oral History Project Appendix 2. Narrator Biographies

Notes References Index

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Roots and Reflections is an accessible and engaging text. It would be useful in undergraduate courses on Asian American history and help generate productive discussions in other courses about methodology, specifically oral history and community-based scholarship.

- Seema Sohi - American Historical Review - 2015