Indian Diaspora in New Jersey: Our history project on 'Indian Diaspora in New Jersey' was started in July 2011. The project focused on the reasons for immigration and settlement of Asian Indians in US as well as their contributions to various aspects of life in New Jersey. The project culminated on a lecture by Dr. Shanti Tangri, Professor Emeritus of Rutgers University at the East Brunswick Public Library on May 3, 2012.Ms.Karen T Parry, Manager, Information Services Department, East Brunswick Public Library researched various records and supplied information and data on the subject.
Following the lecture, awards honoring the achievements of Notable Indian Americans in New Jersey , whose work, efforts or influence positively impacted the community or some aspect of American society were presented.
Our history project 'Becoming American' showcases the achievements of notable Indian Americans of New Jersey in various fields such as Artists, Attorneys, Authors, Business Leaders, Clergy,community activists, Educators, Entrepreneurs, Journalists, Labor Leaders, Physicians, Politicians, etc.
Promoting an appreciation of these contributions will help bring about a much greater acceptance of the Indian population into the larger community. This, in turn, will encourage the Indian culture to integrate into the concept of 'Becoming American.'
As a result of the research, presentation will be made.Achievement of women will also be researched and included in the presentation.
Raising an awareness of the contributions of the Indian community will help the non-Indian community accept and appreciate the value of Indian immigrants. Fostering the understanding of diverse cultures is a major step in developing an integrated society free from conflict. Education has always been an important element in promoting a more cohesive and tolerant world.
The project was made possible by a grant funding provided by: Middlesex County Cultural and Heritage Commission, Middlesex County Board of Freeholders through a grant provided by New Jersey Historical Commission/Department of State.