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Economics Professor Silwal Profiles Nepali Immigrant to Virginia

— by on April 25th, 2016

Shikha B. Silwal, assistant professor of economics at Washington and Lee University, has linked Virginia with Nepal through her April 15 article, “Life of a Priest,” in República, a Nepalese online publication.

In the piece, Silwal profiles Dilli Ram Koirala, a 2012 immigrant to Roanoke, Virginia. Koirala, who is originally from Bhutan, is a Nepali-speaking Hindu priest, and as such is in great demand among the U.S. community of Nepali immigrants to perform weddings, inaugurations of new homes and other ceremonies. He maintains and values traditions while also wondering if younger generations will keep them alive.

Read Silwal’s article (and see her photo of Koirala) here.