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Hemendra Momaya departs for the United States

1965

Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center

Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center
Washington, DC, United States

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  • Title: Hemendra Momaya departs for the United States
  • Date: 1965
  • Story: The Indian American story is rooted in migration. For a century and a half, Indian immigrants arrived by ship and later by airplane. Most came with just the shoes on their feet and trunks containing some clothing and a few items to remind them of home, including pots and cooking utensils. Many left their families behind to make the 10,000-mile journey, with no guarantees—only hope for new and better opportunities in an unknown place.
  • Quote: Hemendra Momaya, an Indian departing for the United States, is garlanded by family members before he boards a ship.
  • Rights: Courtesy of Hemendra and Hansa Momaya

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