Program Six - Segment Two: The Family Business

The 1965 Immigration Act made it possible for families to reunite and live together in the U.S.   And many of them worked together. The Apache Motel is located on a busy street in Chicago.  It’s one of thousands in the U-S owned by South Asian immigrants. According to the Asian American Hotel Owners Association, more than a third of hotels and motels in the country are owned by Asian American entrepreneurs like Manu Patel. 


Manu and Kruti Patel of the Apache Hotel.

Produced by Catrin Einhorn with Contributor Scotty Iseri


Jon Jang, Jazz Pianist is a jazz pianist who has studied at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music and toured at major concert halls and music festivals in China, South Africa, Europe, Canada and the United States. He is featured on over ten albums and has composed commissions for many theater productions and major concert halls. Jon Jang bio online

Further Resources:


Bhakta, Govind B. Patels: A Gujarati Community History in the United States. UCLA Asian American Studies Center, 2002.

Chan, Sucheng, Asian Americans, An Interpretive History, Twayne Publishers, 1993.

Takaki, Ronald, Strangers at the Gates Again: Asian American Immigration After 1965 (The Asian American Experience), Chelsea House Publishers, 1995.

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