The "Becoming American" museum project was conceived by a group of individuals interested in documenting and preserving the migration history of Punjabis and Southeast Asians to the United States, the Yuba-Sutter area in particular. The history of the pioneers is one of trials and tribulations and a commitment to success in a land so foreign from the one they left behind. Punjabi / South Asian pioneers left India in pursuit of a better life for themselves and their families. Some came by ship while others came by air...most not having a clue as to what lay ahead. They faced many difficulties due to language and cultural differences and encountered rampant discrimination. Their story is one of determination and survival. So compelling is their history that we found it necessary to showcase these stories so that they would not be lost forever. It is our hope that the museum exhibit as well as the book, “Becoming American”, will bring their stories to life in a way that they will be remembered for generations to come. Their lives may seem ordinary to folks today, but they have left a legacy that is nothing short of extra-ordinary. They paved the way for future generations to achieve the “American Dream”. It is with honor we recognize and celebrate their achievements through the “Becoming American” museum project and book.