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South Asian Diaspora

Historical, literary and other interdisciplinary research resources on the worldwide migration of peoples from the countries of South Asia (Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka).


The peoples of South Asia have migrated and settled all over the world. The initial contexts and causes of migration, the social, economic and political consequences of migration, and the experiences of the migrants (individual and collective) in their new countries of residence have all been studied and researched extensively in different disciplines. This reserarch guide -- an ongoing work in progress -- selects important resources that document the South Asian diaspora, to facilitate further research and study in this expanding interdisciplinary field.

For further assistance, or to make an appointment for an individual research consultation, please contact Dr. Aruna P. Magier, South Asia Librarian. For an overview of the Library's South Asian Studies collection policy, click here.

--- see also: NYU South Asian Studies Research Guide

Music poster "Inflammable Sound Chutney Shake" with the silhouette of three dancers.



A group of young seamen sit on the dock of their boat, an older man in a suit stands behind them on deck.

A group of lascar seamen probably at the East India Dock, in the port of London, 1908. Image Source: Museum of London, ID: DK2326NG(R1).

South Asian workers underpaid: study

Here is a report by the New York advocacy group DRUM (Desis Rising Up and Moving) from 2012: