Smithsonian exhibition goes ‘Beyond Bollywood’


Indian Youth Against Racism, a group from Columbia University. The photo is on view at the “Beyond Bollywood: Indian Americans Shape the Nation” exhibit. (Corky Lee)
August 6

There is still plenty of time to take in the ambitious and colorful exhibit from the Smithsonian’s Asian Pacific American Center, “Beyond Bollywood: Indian Americans Shape the Nation,” on the second floor of the National Museum of Natural History. Opened in February, it doesn’t close until Aug. 16, 2015. Here are some numbers on the exhibit:

14

Number of years between the signing of the Declaration of Independence and

the first documented arrival of an Indian in the U.S.

17

Number in millions of people in the U.S. currently of Asian and Pacific Islander descent.

41

Number in millions of people in the U.S. of Asian and Pacific Islander descent predicted by 2050.

1

Percentage of Americans who trace their roots to India.

13

The number of Indian Americans who have won the National Spelling Bee competition between 1999 and 2014, including co-winners Ansun Sujoe and Sriram Hathwar in May.

12

Number of months before the exhibition closes at the National Museum of

Natural History.

4

Number of major world religions that came to the United States from the Indian subcontinent – Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism and Sikhism.

50

Percentage of motels across the United States owned by Indian immigrants

and Indian Americans

30

Percentage of taxicab drivers in New York City of Indian origin.

15

Percentage of companies in Silicon Valley that have been founded by people

of Indian origin.

121

Years since the philosophy of yoga was introduced to the United States by

Swami Vivekananda in 1893.

1

Number of women of Indian origin who have won the Miss America crown. It’s Nina Davuluri, the current Miss America, who was also first to perform a Bollywood dance at the event.

2

Number of Indian Americans who have served as state governors – current governors Bobby Jindal of Louisiana and Nikki Haley of South Carolina.

Beyond Bollywood: Indian Americans Shape the Nation, presented by the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center, continues through Aug. 16, 2015, at the National Museum of Natural History, 10th St. and Constitution Ave. NW. Call 202-633-1000 or visit smithsonianapa.org/beyondbollywood.

Catlin is a freelance writer.

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