South Asian Migrations

A young, brown-skinned girl with a smiling face dances, her long hair in motion.

A troupe dances at the Leicester Belgrave Mela Festival in England. Despite early opposition, today Leicester is strongly associated with its Indian heritage population. (Image courtesy of jimmonk on flickr. License CC BY-NC-SA.)



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Spring 2018



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This course provides a global history of South Asians and introduces students to the cultural, social, economic, and political experiences of immigrants who traveled across the world. It studies how and why South Asians, who have migrated to America, Europe, Africa, the Caribbean and the Middle East, are considered a model minority in some countries and unwanted strangers in others. Through literature, memoirs, films, music, and historical writing, it follows South Asian migrants as they discovered the world beyond India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh.

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Sana Aiyar. 21H.357 South Asian Migrations. Spring 2018. Massachusetts Institute of Technology: MIT OpenCourseWare, License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA.

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