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Coolie Woman: The Odyssey of Indenture

South Asian American Digital Archive (SAADA)

Wednesday, April 9, 2014 from 7:30 PM to 9:00 PM (EDT)

Coolie Woman: The Odyssey of Indenture

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Join us at the Pen & Pencil Club on Wednesday, April 9 for a book talk by Gaiutra Bahadur, author of Coolie Woman: The Odyssey of Indenture.

In 1903, a young woman sailed from India to Guiana as a “coolie”—the British name for indentured laborers who replaced the newly emancipated slaves on sugar plantations all around the world. Pregnant and traveling alone, this woman, like so many coolies, disappeared into history. Now, in Coolie Woman, her great-granddaughter Gaiutra Bahadur embarks on a journey into the past to find her. Traversing three continents and trawling through countless colonial archives, Bahadur excavates not only her great-grandmother’s story but also the repressed history of some quarter of a million other coolie women, shining a light on their complex lives. 

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Date:
Wednesday, April 9, 2014
Time: 7:30pm to 9:00pm
Location: Pen & Pencil Club [1522 Latimer Street, Philadelphia, PA 19102]

This event is free and open to the public. RSVP to reserve your space!

Learn more about Coolie Woman:
http://cooliewoman.com/

Buy the book:
http://press.uchicago.edu/ucp/books/book/chicago/C/bo13393932.html

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Co-hosts: SAADA and Pen & Pencil Club

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