History of the Halari Visa Oshwals in the USA – an appeal for information

I am in the process of writing history of Halari Visa Oshwals in the USA in association with Dr. Rati Dodhia of Rhode Island who is writing history of Halari Visa Oshwals world-wide.

I have collected some information, e.g. Jethalal Khimchand Kachara Gudka of Navagam/ Kenya/ Mumbai was the first Oshwal to have studied in the USA. He came to New York in 1946 and stayed for three years. In 1948/1949, four more Oshwals came to the USA for studies. They were (i) Jayantilal Nemchand Fulchand Shah of Kansumara/ Kenya, (ii) Keshav Premchand Popat Chandari of Champa Beraja/ Kenya and his brother (iii) Manu Chandaria, and (iv) Dhiru Premchand Vrajpal Shah of Padana/Kenya.

I like to get information about Oshwals who came to the USA in 1950’s and early 1960’s for studies and/or settlement. After the U.S. Immigration Act of 1964 was passed, quotas for permanent settlement visas were allocated to Asian and African countries. This provided opportunities for Asians and Africans to settle in the USA.

I plan to include major achievements by Oshwals in their studies, professional field, businesses, social activities, sports, politics, etc. I would appreciate it if you would let me know of your major achievements and/or of any other Oshwal that you know of.

Please contact me at the following address: satishshah5@yahoo.com or telephone: 972 618 9509.