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