Yuba City’s Rai Family on Punjabi-Mexican HeritageBy kamla bhatt • Aug 2nd, 2012
Category: Featured, India, Life
Mary’s father Bishan Singh came to America in 1909 and married Ernestine Zuniga. They settled in Arizona and raised their 5 children. Their daughter Mary, a first generation Punjabi-Mexican married Lal Rai and lived in Yuba City.
In this interview Mary, David and Leela share their story about growing up in this small farming community. Yuba City is one of the early towns where Indian immigrants, mostly from Punjab put down their roots in California.
Note: The reference to Isabel in the interview is to Mary’s sister Carmen Isabel Singh.
Photo: Mary Rai with her children David and Leela.
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