Bengali Harlem and the lost histories of South Asian America by Vivek Bald

By Vivek Bald

Nineteenth-century Muslim peddlers arrived at Ellis Island, luggage heavy with silks from their villages in Bengal. call for for “Oriental items” took those migrants on a curious course, from New Jersey’s boardwalks to the segregated South. Bald’s heritage unearths cross-racial affinities lower than the outside of early twentieth-century the United States.

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Caribbean, and Central American sites of travel and tourism. They began with New Jersey, whose beach boardwalk towns were some of the era’s premier sites of popular recreation on the Eastern Seaboard. During the summer season, the hotels, beaches, and amusement parks of Long Branch, Atlantic City, and Asbury Park drew hundreds of thousands of working people from Philadelphia and New York City. It was a crowd that was newly able to partake of regular leisure activities, what New Jersey historian Charles E.

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Cities quickly followed the lead of their class counterparts in Europe, using “Oriental” and other foreign commodities to assert their own worldliness—at precisely the moment that the United States itself was growing as an imperial power. 15 Upper-class women used Oriental goods to create lavish schemes for the interiors of their homes. Chicago’s society matron Bertha Honoré Palmer, for example, decorated her Lake Shore Drive mansion in a series of regionally themed rooms. According to historian Kristin Hoganson, the home “had a Spanish music room, English dining room, Moorish ballroom, Flemish library, and French and Chinese drawing rooms.

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