A Fulbright Scholar from Bangalore will use her time in the United States to document the experience of the less fortunate Indian immigrants in the United States, reports the Times of India.
Lakshmi Gopalakrishnan will travel to ten U.S. cities by train, spanning the United States from the West Coast to the East Coast.
The U.S. media is filled with stories of Indian Americans who have struck gold in the United States. Far less is said about those immigrants, perhaps less educated, who have struggled to find the American dream.
Gopalakrishnan hopes to tell those stories as she travels across the country.
“I’ve been in the US for almost a year now, and on multiple occasions, have had the opportunity to have candid conversations with restaurant waiters, managers and taxi drivers. These conversations made me think about these people. Before I came to the US, I was given orientation and cultural competency training, though I’d spent a year in London for education. I thought about the immigrants who come here typically through an agent, and get no orientation to American culture. For many of these immigrants, even English is an everyday battle, at least initially,” says Gopalakrishnan.
She begins her journey in August and you can read a lot more about it in the Times of India.