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Bengali Harlem and the Lost Histories of South Asian America
A book event with theater, film, and community forum presented by afro-latin@ forum, Asian American Writer's Workshop and the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture.
Join us for a celebration of the publication of Bengali Harlem and the Lost Histories of South Asian America (Harvard University Press) by scholar and documentary filmmaker Vivek Bald. This special event will explore the little-known stories of Muslim men from the Indian subcontinent who settled in Harlem in the 1920s-50s, married Puerto Rican, African American, and West Indian women, and became a small but significant part of the neighborhood, selling hotdogs from pushcarts, opening the neighborhood's first Indian restaurants, and interacting with Harlem's other Muslim communities.
Check out Schomburg exhibition Africans in India: From Slaves to Generals and Rulers on view until July 6, 2013.