A South Asian odyssey of hardship to the West

'Bengali Harlem', a book and an upcoming documentary by MIT scholar Vivek Bald, tells the stories of South Asians who migrated to the US between the 1880s and the 1950s

A South Asian odyssey of hardship to the West

Desis for Progress, a non-government organization recently celebrated the end of immigrant heritage month with Vivek Bald, author of the book 'Bengali Harlem and the lost histories of South Asian America'.

The event kicked off with an introductory speech by Jyotsna Dhar, board member of Desis for Progress.

Based in Washington DC, the organization works to build a stronger community of South Asians by supporting people and policies and bringing out the unconventional stories of the South Asian diaspora in the US.

The event celebrated the life of South Asian immigrants as Bald, an MIT scholar, began his speech sharing his experience of meeting Alaudin Ullah, who wanted to make a documentary of his father with his help in the late 1990s, and how their life transcended through history.