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October 08, 2007


Ruchira - the Peabody Museum in Salem (Mass.) also has some amazing artifacts that document trade and other flows from South Asia to the U.S. (East India Marine Company). Vijay Prashad draws on the material there in his book (Karma of Brown Folk), but you're right, for the most part narratives of desi migration to north America begin in the late 1800s-early 1900s.

This is fascinating. Can you please provide the title information regarding the image from colonial America? When/where was the painting created, by whom, etc.


Sue Peabody

Sue, I suggest contacting the author, Ruchira Paul, via her blog here.

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