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Beyond Bollywood: Indian Americans Shape the Nation

Beyond Bollywood: Indian Americans Shape the Nation

In the Western imagination, India conjures up everything from saris and spices to turbans and temples—and the pulsating energy of Bollywood movies. But in America, India’s contributions stretch far beyond these stereotypes. From the builders of some of America's earliest railroads and farms to Civil Rights pioneers to digital technology entrepreneurs, Indian Americans have long been an inextricable part of American life.

Today, one out of every 100 Americans, from Silicon Valley to Smalltown, USA, traces his or her roots to India. Breakthroughs in business, the arts, medicine, science, and technology, and the flavorful food, flamboyant fashion and yoga of India have become a central part of our national culture.

Beyond Bollywood: Indian Americans Shape the Nation, created in collaboration with the Smithsonian's Asian Pacific American Center and organized for travel by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service, explores the Indian American experience and the community's vital political, professional, and cultural contributions to American life and history.

11-02-2019 thru 01-26-2020
Museum of History and Industry
Seattle, Washington
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