100 Years of Cultural Solitude
Patterns of Cultural Retention Among Indo-Fijians and Indo-Fijian Americans

Notes on the Text


On April 16, 2003 my grandfather, Deen Bandhu, passed away.  Even from in my earliest memories, I knew two things for certain: First, I am an Indo-Fijian; and second, I am a Hindu.  These amorphous terms, and the loaded cultural, social, religious, and historical connotations that they bore, were best represented in my grandfather.  It was in recognition of his life and struggle that I wrote this paper originally, and now that he is gone, it is the most fitting tribute to his enduring legacy as an immigrant who brought in his heart the cultural heritage of his natal land Fiji and his ancestral land India.

100 Years of Cultural Solitude represents my senior thesis as an undergraduate in the Department of History at the University of California, Berkeley.  The research and writing for this project was completed in the fall semester of 2000, and I received a grade of "A" on both the research and written portions of my work.  Comments and criticism are always welcome.

All the pages contained herein are solely my intellectual property.  Commercial, profit, or exhibition use is strictly forbidden.  Educational, academic, research, scholarly, or critical use is permitted and encouraged.  Users are free to cite to this work, but due credit must be given. Plagiarism is both unethical and illegal.  For further information, please email me.

Last Updated 15 March 2005.
Copyright 2005-2007 by Rishi Sharma.
All Rights Reserved.