FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 22, 2012
Contact: Kanya Lyons | (512) 974-7379
To highlight the history of South Asian Americans in Austin, we invite you to join us for a special reception on Tuesday, April 17 from 6 to 8 p.m. in the David Earl Holt Photo Gallery at the Austin History Center, 810 Guadalupe St. The reception is presented by the Austin History Center with assistance from the Center for Asian American Studies and South Asia Institute at the University of Texas at Austin and AsianAustin.com. It is free and open to the public.
The reception will celebrate the accomplishments of the South Asian Migration class at The University of Texas at Austin, which conducted oral history interviews in the fall of 2011. Many of these oral history recordings and transcripts of local South Asian Americans will be preserved at the Austin History Center. We will present a program to give students and participants a chance to share their stories as well as their experiences throughout the interview process. The reception will serve as an educational opportunity to learn more about our rapidly growing South Asian population and also encourage the local community to make further donation of materials to the Austin History Center for research and preservation purposes.
For more information please call 512-974-7480 or visit www.austinhistorycenter.org.
About South Asians in Austin
The term South Asian primarily refers to people whose ethnicity can be traced back to these countries: Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka. Sources vary in extending the definition to surrounding countries. The 2010 census shows that Asian Indians represent 30% of Asian Americans in Austin, the highest percentage and a huge increase from 18% in 2000. This changing demographic may be explained by the draw that Austin commands with high-tech employers and UT as well as our warmer climate.
About the Austin History Center Liaison Program
The Austin History Center has a distinctive liaison program, which actively seeks out archival materials from historically under-documented communities in Austin and Travis County through outreach efforts and programming. The Austin History Center also collaborates with educational institutions such as The University of Texas at Austin in offering internships and providing resources to ensure that younger generations learn about the importance of historical preservation and archives.
PHOTO: Aggarwal Family, 1971, Aggarwal Family Papers, AR.2010.003, Austin History Center