For its Beyond Bollywood: Indian Americans Shape the Nation exhibition, the Smithsonian Asia Pacific American Center (APAC) asked families across the United States for photos and memorabilia. Family photos hang on walls and populate video galleries.
South Asian Americans live throughout the United States. “Little Indias” are everywhere, from Queens, New York, and Iselin, New Jersey, to Devon Avenue in Chicago, to Berkeley, California and points between. Today, all Americans may see fine silks from Chennai in sari shops, taste Bengali sweets or buy a masala dabba for spices in these South Asian business enclaves.
Beyond Bollywood “deepens our understanding of the American experience as lived by the Asian Pacific–American communities who have journeyed from being exotic outsiders to being the faces and voices of the future,” says Smithsonian APAC director Konrad Ng.
The museum invites family photo sharing on their Facebook site, on Pinterest and on Twitter @apa_center.
The exhibition runs in Washington through August 2015, and a version of it will travel through 2019.