About the Exhibit:
Is This My Shangri-La
February 1, 2014 - April 20, 2014
New Texans come from many places. For some, the journey takes many years. "Is This My Shangri-La?" explores life in the Bhutanese refugee camps of Nepal. The camps represent a long stop on the road to Texas for a people forced out of their homes, losing nearly everything, sometimes even family. Images captured in these camps offer a glimpse of life as a refugee, as well as insight into how a people reconstructed their community, and preserved their culture in the face of life-changing events.
Dr. Lopita Nath teaches at the University of The Incarnate Word’s Department of History and the Asian Studies Program. The exhibit features approximately 100 photographs she took during two research trips to Nepal. Her teaching and research interests extend to Asian History and issues of migration, displacement, and refugees. She is presently working on a book about the Bhutanese refugee resettlement in the United States.