Bengali Harlem and the Lost Histories of South Asian America

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780674070400
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publication date: 01/07/2013
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Vivek Bald is Associate 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

Table of Contents

Contents Author’s Note Introduction: Lost in Migration 1. Out of the East and into the South 2. Between Hindoo and Negro 3. From Ships’ Holds to Factory Floors 4. The Travels and Transformations of Amir Haider Khan 5. Bengali Harlem 6. The Life and Times of a Multiracial Community Conclusion: Lost Futures List of Abbreviations Notes Acknowledgments Index

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