"Visitors and natives agree: With its exotic beaches, tropical forests and spectacular mountain ranges, the natural beauty of the Caribbean island of Trinidad is breathtaking.
But the picturesque scene belies the ugly reality: In Trinidad, the way you look still determines the way you are treated. Immigrants from India first arrived in Trinidad in 1845 as indentured servants, and little has changed since then. More than 100 years later, Trinidadian Indians still endure endless discrimination and poverty.
Veteran photographer and author Steve Raymer hopes to correct that imbalance by uncovering the untold stories of Indians in the diaspora with his upcoming book, Images of a Journey: India in Diaspora, due out this fall. In an attempt to document the struggles of Indian immigrants to survive and succeed, Raymer’s camera lens captures the larger picture—one that illustrates both the successes and short-comings of the Indian diaspora today.
Yet their story, along with those of millions of poor Indian immigrants around the world, is rarely heard. It’s the affluent Indian immigrants and their overwhelming successes that often graces the pages of major magazines and newspapers." <Read the article>
"Many films include brief moments that have little to do with the main narrative or action but that capture a viewer's attention for reasons perhaps defying rational explanation. The movement of leaves fluttering in the background, the color of the hero's socks as he runs away, or the manner in which a character glances at a sign--these details are much beloved by cinephiles around the world. Known as the "cinephiliac moment," this phenomenon--which heretofore has attracted little scholarly attention--is the focus of this original, provocative, and well-written volume....Recommended." <Read full review>
"This set focuses on biographies of Latinas in the United States. Of the nearly 600 entries, 179 are about events or organizations. The rest are biographical sketches of 'older public women who had made a difference in their respective communities or on the national stage.' Selection was made initially by a board of Latina studies scholars, but as word of the project spread the editors received nominations of other community leaders. The work contains a 25-page introduction on the history of Latinas in the US with geographic subdivisions: Southwest, Northeast, Midwest, Southeast, and Pacific Northwest....Recommended." <Read full review>