Suburban Sahibs: Three Immigrant Families and Their Passage from India to America

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INTRODUCTION

Most of the data in this chapter cite the source directly. All population data are taken from the U.S. Census. Characterizations of historic Edison and Woodbridge came from the local chambers of commerce and interviews with David Sheehan, Edison's amateur historian. The Center for Immigration provided data in two abstracts. Immigration history was liberally summarized from years of reporting on the subject and interviews with numerous experts.


PROLOGUE: A NEW YEAR

Most of this chapter is based on conversations and actions I witnessed, as well as interviews I conducted. I attended four of the five Navratri weekends held in Edison in 2000. I also accompanied the Sarmas to Durga Puja on October 7,2000. Additional material was taken from: Canonie, Deborah. “Navratri Draws 4,000.” Home News Tribune, Oct. 13,1996.

Gallotto, Anthony A. “Curfew Battle Clouds Festival.” Star-Ledger, Oct. 13, 1997.

Goodnough, Abby. “Indian Celebration Draws Happy Throngs, and Complaints.” New York Times, Oct. 1, 1995, sec. 13 NJ.

Kauffman, Matthew. “Bradlees Gets out of Court; Chain Leaves Chapter 11, but Faces Powerful Rivals.” Hartford Courant, Feb. 4, 1999.

Lefkowitz, Melanie. “Worries about Security at SJU.”Newsday, May 29, 2001.

Reidy, Chris. “Bradlees Reports Loss for Period.” Boston Globe, Nov.16, 2000.


CHAPTER 1. DEPORTED FROM HOME

This chapter is based on numerous interviews with and observations of the Kothari family. On April 25 and 26, 2001, I interviewed.

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Table of contents

  • Title Page *
  • Contents *
  • Suburban Sahibs *
  • Acknowledgments ix
  • Introduction 1
  • Prologue: A New Year 15
  • 1 - Deported from Home 32
  • 2 - The Patels Journey 47
  • 3 - A Gold-Paved Entry 65
  • 4 - Exercising Rights 86
  • 5 - Wanting More 92
  • 6 - Shaky Ground 98
  • 7 - Destructive Times 104
  • 8 - Standing Room Only 107
  • 9 - Downturns 122
  • 10 - Under a Mango Tree 128
  • 11 - Meeting Elephants 138
  • 12 - Farewells 147
  • 13 - The Festival Family 151
  • 14 - Classified 155
  • 15 - The Victor 158
  • Epilogue 162
  • Notes 165
  • Selected Bibliography 171
  • About the Author 172
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