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AIA – SOUTH JERSEY CHAPTER 

On July 28, 2003 at Princeton Historical Society, Princeton, New Jersey a new Association of Indians in America (AIA) Chapter – the South Jersey Chapter was established.  This new chapter reflects the growth in the Asian Indian population in southern New Jersey. 

ACTIVITIES OF AIA-SJ 

 
  • Community Integration and Awareness: Celebrate Diwali by presenting gift baskets to the township officials, fire-fighters and EMT personnel as a way to show the Asian Indian community’s support for their volunteerism as well as better acquaint the township with the Asian Indian community. In 2003, over 20 baskets were presented in 14 townships throughout New Jersey.
  • Bring Indian Art and Culture to Mainstream America: Offer and coordinate Indian dance and art classes at local festivals and museums. In 2003-2004, AIA-SJ participated at the NJ State Museum, Trenton Heritage Festival and Mercer County Arts Showcase.
  • Promote Racial Harmony – Fight Bias Crime: In 2004 work with other minority communities and religious groups by celebrating Gandhi Jayanti (Birthday) through spreading Mahatma Gandhiji’s message of non-violence and racial harmony.
  • Educational Activities: Assist and support local school boards and teachers by developing and reviewing new and existing curricula with respect to Asian Indian history, culture and religions.
  • Indian Immigrant History: Document the experiences of Asian Indian immi-grants in New Jersey.