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South Asians in Philadelphia, 1996: Reflections on an Oral History Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States. The Balch Institute for Ethnic Studies undertook an oral history project of South Asians in the greater Philadelphia area during the summer of 1996. This was the Institute's first such attempt with American immigrants of Asian heritage and a pilot project for a larger undertaking in the mid-Atlantic states, which would cover later immigrants, second-generation South Asian Americans, and less-visible communities, such as gays and lesbians. Eric Pumroy, director of the Balch Library, won a ten-week grant from the Samuel Fels Fund, which led to the appointment of Sufia Uddin as graduate intern for the project. Rani Sinha, volunteer coordinator, wrote the questionnaire, drawing on the humanistic impulses of the Federal Writers' Project, directed by Benjamin Botkin from 1936 to 1940. Uddin had primary responsibility for finding and interviewing individuals who had arrived in the U.S. as adults before 1975 from a wide representation of South Asian sociocultural backgrounds, as well as a variety of American socioeconomic backgrounds. [View Collection Details] [View Repository Details]