In the western imagination, India conjures up many things: elephants, saris, and spices, the pulsating energy of Bollywood movies and more. But in America, India’s contributions stretch far beyond these stereotypes. It includes workers who built railroads out west throughout the 19th century. The first Asian American in Congress. The creator of Hotmail. Doctors. Athletes. And a lawyer named Gandhi, whose quest for Indian independence inspired one of America’s greatest social revolutions: the Civil Rights Movement. America’s 3.3 million Indian Americans are woven into the larger story of this nation—and have shaped what it is today.
Beyond Bollywood: Indian Americans Shape the Nation was created by the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center and the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service.