The Bagai family’s goal was to settle into their new home and start fresh.
Our friends at the South Asian American Digital Archive provide incredible documentation and stories about the South Asian American community. With their help, we’re going to shed a little light on one family’s immigration journey. introducing the Bagai family. The Bagai family arrived in San Francisco in 1915 after fleeing India, which was under British rule. The family consisted of Vaishno Das Bagai, Kala Bagai, and their three sons. At a time where most South Asian immigrants were men, the San Francisco Call & Post dubbed Kala the “first Hindu woman to enter the city in ten years” and referred to her nose ring as “the latest fad from India.”