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Himalayan New York: Stories of Migration, Language, Belonging, and Social Change

October 25, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

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Weatherhead East Asian Institute Event

Nawang Tsering Gurung, Independent Researcher and Community Activist

Dan Kaufman, Founder and Co-Director, Endangered Language Alliance; Assistant Professor of Linguistics,

Queens College – CUNY

Kesang Tseten, Filmmaker, Shunyata Fillms

Moderated by:

Sienna Craig, Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology

Dartmouth College


Over the past two decades, the presence of people from greater Himalayan region in New York City, particularly in the boroughs of Queens and Brooklyn, has expanded exponentially, from several hundred people in the 1980s to thousands of individuals from specific ethnic communities today. As these new immigrants from Nepal, Bhutan, and North India, as well as diasporic Tibetans from India and culturally Tibetan regions in China, have settled into New York, their senses of identity have begun to transform. How are they finding a sense of community, navigating transnational and intergenerational cultural dynamics, and responding to the fluid relationship between ‘home’ and being ‘over here’ in New York? What does language have to do with this? This presentation will address these questions by describing Voices of the Himalaya, a collaborative research project that uses the medium of video interviews and short documentary film to explore the lived experiences of Himalayan New Yorkers.             


This is a Weatherhead East Asian Institute Lectures and Panels event.

No registration required.


October 25, 2019

12:00 PM – 1:30 PM



International Affairs Building, Room 918

420 West 118th Street


Cosponsored by: Modern TIbetan Studies Program


October 25, 2019
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
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