India to America: Trials and Tribulations of Indian Americans
For my field trip report, I chose to explore the vast amount of quality information on display at the Smithsonian Institute. Since the physical institute was logistical impossible to visit, I took advantage of their online exhibits. After spending a few hours exploring the wide variety of information available at my finger tips, I discovered an exhibit called, “Beyond Bollywood.” This exhibit highlights and outlines the struggles and successes of the first people of the Indian origin to set foot on what is the modern day United States of America. Today, the Indian community is thriving in American, from laboring jobs all the way up to CEO’s of some of the worlds largest …show more content…
1900’s may have been a long time ago, however, Indians have been on this land since right after the Declaration of Independence was ratified. The first Indian was documented to have reached the shores of Massachusetts in the year 1790. That was only 14 years after the Declaration of Independence was signed. Going through this exhibit, I found myself having to stop to write down names of some of the people whose stories of success and failure were on display, to later research further. Growing up I heard stories of the first generations of our family and their struggles to obtain citizenship in America. They had to leave their lives and possessions ten thousand miles behind to come to a foreign land to escape the same brutal British rule that drove the creation of the United States of America. They faced much adversity as they tried to root their new lives; the exhibit highlighted these struggles in a nonbiased and informative way. (The Smithsonian, …show more content…
He was granted citizenship in 1920, yet it was revoked in 1923 on the grounds that he did not belong to the Caucasian group of people recognized as whites in America according to the Bureau of Naturalization along with the support of the U.S. Supreme Court. Thind, was a combat veteran of the U.S. Army, he was not afraid to put his life on the line for the people of America, yet the government still did not believe he was fit for an American citizenship. However, he fought for what was just and right, he continued to push and in 1936, after reapplying for citizenship again and again he was finally granted citizenship. This really stuck with me, because he was willing to die for a country that did not want him there. He saw the value in America, he was determined to plant his roots in this new country. At the time the government did not want anything to do with the Indian people, but things began to changed quite rapidly. The exhibit then turns its focus from the struggles to the trumps of the Indian American people. In 1957, Dalip Singh Saund became the first Asian to be elected to Congress, giving the Indian/Asian community a much needed voice in the government. He helped the U.S. strength relationships with Foreign countries of Asian, Indian and Middle Eastern majority. He served for 6 years in the U.S. Congress, pushing for the civil rights of
Merrell’s article proves the point that the lives of the Native Americans drastically changed just as the Europeans had. In order to survive, the Native Americans and Europeans had to work for the greater good. Throughout the article, these ideas are explained in more detail and uncover that the Indians were put into a new world just as the Europeans were, whether they wanted change or
Native Americans in pop culture have been very misunderstood in many ways. The stereotypical Indian that lives on a reservation doesn’t look like he lives in the 1600s. Indians have evolved to fit more into pop culture, but this isn’t always the case. For example, in a movie called “Smoke Signals” a boy named Victor and Thomas set out on a journey of self-discovery and they head all the way from their Indian reservation to Phoenix Arizona. Indians have an easy way to pass down old tradition to the newer generations that follow behind.
This book is a good resource for the American History students. There are many things that I learned and that I take for granted today. This book would help students to learned the risk of travel and that it isn’t as easy as it is now, that you have to plan for the worst because anything could happen in 2,170 miles. Also many people take medicine for granted but this book expresses the lack of medicine the indians had. The book would help students learned the worth of medicine because if someone that got sick that was traveling along then it would spread to the people around that sick one, and most they would all be affected by the disease.
After reading Native Americans and the “Middle Ground,” I realized how narratives of historians are quick to shame and blame Native Americans in history. This article begins by revealing how European settlement presented the Indians as obstacles. Recent historians, such as Gary Nash, show the Native Americans as being conquered by the Europeans. Author of The Middle Ground, Richard White, seems to be one of the first to examine the culture of Native Americans and the relationship between colonists. White writes about the “middle ground” of the politics and trade that is eventually established.
Many nationalities came to America in hopes of a better life for them and their families. However, it was not easy time for them after arriving in America. Each nationality encountered obstacles, some more difficult than others, but in the end they each persevered. One nationality that experienced a considerable amount of difficulties were the Native Americans. There may have been over 2 million Indian people living in what is now the United States (Olson & Beal p.18).
In debating Indian Removal, Congress was discussing the dispossession and expulsion of independent Indian communities in the eastern half of North America. The debate was not a new one, but was set in terms of the principles and experience of a country with
During this settlement to the West, the African Americans initiated one of the most dramatic episodes of movement called the Exodus. This movement was caused because of how unfair the African Americans were treated. The “Exodusters” were seeking to escape the
When I came to America, I had to go through much struggle. First and the most important was that I did not know how to speak English. Apart from this I was very shy, so I didn’t communicate with people frequently. Growing up in America and being a son of two Indian parents, I never felt truly American or Indian. I spoke Punjabi at home, but was educated in English so I had difficulty managing two languages.
Modernity has been mainly characterized by its imperialistic policies and colonizing endeavors, which while creating the current legal organization of the world have largely marginalized the many indigenous groups who originally occupied the conquered lands (Andrews and Walton 600). Although post-modern societies have seen an increase in the awareness of these matters, American-Canadian author Thomas King has dedicated his work to throwing light on issues still not tackled. In his short story “Borders”, King tells the adventure of a Blackfoot mother and her child, who try to cross the border to the U.S. but refuse to declare their nationality. It is through his masterful choice of narrator and the careful depiction of the mother’s struggle to maintain her Blackfoot identity that the author conveys the many difficulties First Nations face in their effort to keep their heritages alive.
Massoon explains that the Indians were “‘paralyzed and petrified with fear,’” which is made clear in Sudershan Singh pondering, “‘Why they kill us?... We are Americans, too,’” and in an unnamed Indian shop owner explaining that, “‘We [just] want to make America beautiful. We don't want to spoil it. America is a land of chances… That’s why everybody is here,’” (Marriott, 1987).
The migration of Americans to the west was a good thing for innovation and building up the United States as a country, but the Native Americans who lived in these lands were changed forever. Any Native Americans found in lands where United States citizens wanted land was immediately excavated from their land and brought to an Indian reservation of some kind. Overtime though, these Indian reservations began to limit due to the rising population in Americans during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. “They [Lewis and Clark] provided valuable information about the topography, the biological sciences, the ecology, and ethnic and linguistic studies of the American Indian. The mysteries of
From the walk to place to place, the music sang, the history uncovered, and the truth of how Indian were viewed by civilians, this article helps understand the devastating impact brought to the people. “We remember those who had walked the Earth with us, and we labored to build a better country for those who walked after” (Dwyer
In the essay “Two Ways to Belong in America,” from 50 essays, Bharati Mukherjee contrasts the different views of the United States from two Indian sisters. The author distinguishes her American lifestyle to her sister’s traditional Indian lifestyle. Both sisters grew up in Calcutta, India, moved to America in search of education and work. Bharati adjusts to the American society very quickly, where her sister Mira clings to her Indian traditions more strongly. Despite both sisters living in America, only Bharati is an American citizen, while her sister Mira is not.
Bharati comes to America with her arms open wide, willing to adjust her customs and conducts in order to assimilate to her new country. She celebrates change and views it as a positive aspect in her life. The author says, “America spoke to me - I married it - I embraced the demotion from expatriate aristocrat to immigrant nobody,” meaning that to Bharati, America is not just a country. It symbolizes opportunity and freedom, which she desires most. (Mukherjee 282).