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Visitors to a historic sight in Hyderabad, India.Indian immigrants are the fastest-growing immigrant group in the country, and the pace of growth is faster in our area than just about anywhere else.In Redmond, Seattle’s tech hub, one in 10 residents are Indian. This deluge of workers and families has shaped life on the Eastside, and it’s having ripple effects on life in India as well.KUOW reporter Liz Jones travelled to South India for three weeks on an international reporting fellowship to explore this immigration trend. This series was possible thanks to a grant from the Ford Foundation, administered by the International Center for Journalists. Carol Smith is the editor.Scroll below to see all the individual stories, or listen to the full series here:00000181-fa79-da89-a38d-fb7f2add0001Download Our EbookExplore Hyderabad through Liz Jones' photography by downloading our free ebook on to your iPad using the iBook app and searching in the store for "Two Indias."Don't have an iPad? Download the PDF version of the book.00000181-fa79-da89-a38d-fb7f2add0000Join the conversation on Twitter using #TwoIndias. Add your own story, or sign up for email updates about future events, here.

'Misunderstood': Listen To Seattle Storywallahs Event

Aneesh Sheth speaks at KUOW's Storywallahs event in early May at the Kirkland Performing Arts Center.
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Aneesh Sheth speaks at KUOW's Storywallahs event in early May at the Kirkland Performing Arts Center.

The South Asian community in the United States has roots in Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, the Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. The community represents one of the fastest growing ethnic groups in the country. From 2000 to 2010 their population grew by 81 percent nationally, in Seattle the increase was 173 percent.

This past fall, KUOW presented a six-part series by reporter Liz Jones titled Two Indias, Near and Far. In it, Jones explored a nuanced web of connections between the Pacific Northwest Indian community and the city of Hyderabad, India.

Out of that reporting came the idea for Storywallahs, the first of a series inspired by The Moth storytelling program. The result was a better understanding of people and places far away for some of us, but potentially close to home for many. Fittingly, the theme of this first event was “misunderstood.” 

Storywallahs: An Evening of Storytelling took place on May at the Kirkland Performance Center. Presenters included KUOW, Tasveer and Pratidhwani. Thanks to Anna Tatistcheff for our recording.

Year started with KUOW: 2006