Oak Tree Road

Kenneth Lavin

A street that runs through the heart of Edison, New Jersey and into Iselin, New Jersey, Oak Tree Road is a landmark for Americans of Indian Descent across the state. This monument is a testament to the ethnically diverse population of Edison, especially the large South Asian population present.

It surprised me to find that the other large ethnic groups present in the town, mainly the Chinese and Korean American populations, do not have similar areas in town.  They represent demographics equal in size to the Indian population of Edison, and also practice their heritage.

As a result of further exploration of this question, I found that the Indian population’s use of this street is mostly due to the fact that they do not have many other areas like Oak Tree Road, as opposed to Chinese and Korean Americans having similar areas, such as Fort Lee, New Jersey, across the state.

About urba0090

is an ACLS New Faculty Fellow in the American Studies and History departments at Rutgers University.
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