The Evolution of an Identity: Indian American Immigrants from the Early 20th Century to the Present: A Fictional Family History

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Diya Das' novel is based on an honors project completed during her junior year at Wyoming Seminary in Kingston, PA. It is a historical fiction told through three venues - San Francisco (1917-1918), Chicago (1980-1981) and New York (2005). The end result is a conglomeration of American history, literature and fiction. Das, a first generation Indian immigrant, decided to write about Indian-American encounters throughout American history. Early 20th century turbaned tide of Indian agricultural laborers U.S. Ghadr ...
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Eynon, Pennsylvania 2007 Trade Paperback First Edition / First Printing Brand New 8vo-over 7?"-9?" tall. Brand new and unread first edition (stated), very fresh and bright ... condition, gift quality! Color illustrated black and brown wrapper with white and black lettering. 83 new and unread historical pages nicely enhanced by black and white photographs and illustrations! "What a powerful epic! The history is so personally related that one is drawn into this very special story. The great thing about this odyssey is that each venue----San Francisco, Chicago, New York----is so full and complete in itself, and yet all three are beautifully connected and thematically coherent. It is poignant and powerful, making a very profound commentary about immigration and what it means to be an American...."----Mr. Stephen Ris Wyoming Seminary History Department Chair. Read more Show Less

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Overview

Diya Das' novel is based on an honors project completed during her junior year at Wyoming Seminary in Kingston, PA. It is a historical fiction told through three venues - San Francisco (1917-1918), Chicago (1980-1981) and New York (2005). The end result is a conglomeration of American history, literature and fiction. Das, a first generation Indian immigrant, decided to write about Indian-American encounters throughout American history. Early 20th century turbaned tide of Indian agricultural laborers U.S. Ghadr Party seeking Indian independence from Britain WWI era Hindu-German conspiracy trial Transcendentalist comparison of the writings of Walt Whitman and Rabindranath Tagore Immigration Act of 1965 eliminates quotas and the Pacific Barred Zone Post-1965 immigration wave of Indian professionals 1979 Soviet invasion of Afghanistan resulting in U.S. arms negotiations with India and Pakistan Deepavali, Hindu festival Indian American subculture in the new millennium Bhangra music and dance Indian American response to 9-11 Das' research ended up taking her on a personal journey. The entire odyssey relates to herself - where facts and imagination did not create a coherent story - Das substitutes elements of her own life.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780979504563
  • Publisher: Tribute Books
  • Publication date: 8/1/2007
  • Pages: 92
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 0.30 (d)

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Diya Das was born in India on 24th September,1991. She is currently a senior at Wyoming Seminary College Preparatory School at Kingston in northeast Pennsylvania. She lives in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania with her parents.

A National AP Scholar and a member of Johns Hopkins University's Study of Exceptional Talent program since 2004, Diya attended the Pennsylvania Governor's School for the Sciences in the summer of 2007. She is currently the co-editor-in-chief of her school newspaper, The Opinator, and a member of her school's chorale and orchestra. In her free time, Diya figure skates and plays piano and violin.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 15, 2008

    ¿A fictional Family history¿¿

    Diya Das immigrated to the United States with her parents when she was only a year old. On a trip to India to visit her family, she became interested in learning about her relatives. She discovered she had distant family in Chicago. Her curiosity led to a class project, which led to her book, The Evolution of An Identity. The story begins in San Francisco, California the early 1900¿s. The immigrants had a strong work ethic, many times stronger than white Americans did. They put in long hours and labored without ceasing. Desiring independents from the British, they formed Ghadr Party, asserting equality. At this point, the story moves to Chicago, 1980¿s. The Indians considered they were broadminded but were traditional by American standards. Many that immigrated during this time were professionals. The final venue takes us to New York City, 2005. Prejudice still runs high against the Indian Americans. The Evolution of An Identity is beautifully written. Diya Das shares the history of her family in the form of fiction. I am sure we will be hearing her name again.

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