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Tuesday June 28, 2022

Debajyoti Chatterji

immigrants arriving in the USA

Nineteenth Century Emigrants of India to the US (I)

The silk items these Bengali “peddlers” brought with them to sell to Americans were called chikons or chikans, and the traders became known as chikondars or chikandars. The American elite at that time were enthralled by all things Oriental and found such “exotic” items hard to resist.

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