Kokila Bahadur came as a nurse trainee at the Jersey City Medical Center in 1966, the year of Guyana's independence. The first in the Bahadur family to immigrate, Kokila Bahadur sponsored her husband, children and many dozens of other relatives through provisions of the 1965 Hart-Cellar Act, the immigration law that profoundly changed the demographics of the United States.
In her first two years in America, Kokila Bahadur was separated from her two young children. She wrote letters to them twice a week and kept these stamps from the letters they wrote to her.
Subject(s): Kokila Bahadur
Source: Archival Creators Fellowship Program
Collection: Gaiutra Bahadur Fellowship Project
Donor: Kokila Bahadur
Digitizer: Gaiutra Bahadur
Item History: 2020-08-24 (created); 2020-08-24 (modified)
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