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Korematsu, Trump and the Banality of Evil

Manjusha P. Kulkarni | Posted 02.02.2017 | Politics
Manjusha P. Kulkarni

Monday was Fred Korematsu's birthday. The brave twenty-three year old who in 1942 refused to be interned by the U.S. government alongside 120,000 oth...

Fractures in the coalition of the ascendant

Murali Balaji | Posted 12.02.2016 | Politics
Murali Balaji

My close friend Andre is passionate about civil rights and is a scion of a Tuskegee University family. He's also a Donald Trump voter. Andre is a b...

Gay, White, And Confronting Racism

Matthew J. Dempsey | Posted 11.21.2016 | Queer Voices
Matthew J. Dempsey

From social media to sexual preference, the conversation stays real and attempts to shed some light on the actual benefit for White people of confronting their own limited thinking and inherent racism.

Celebrity PSA Warns South Asian-American Trump Voters Of ‘Trickle-Down Racism’

The Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 11.06.2016 | Impact

In response to Donald Trump’s cringeworthy attempts to court the support of South Asian Americans, a group of actors, musicians, and writers have jo...

Lessons Learned From Organizing Against Donald Trump

Amit Jani | Posted 10.28.2016 | Politics
Amit Jani

Last weekend, the Hindu Republican Coalition hosted a rally for Republican Presidential Nominee Donald Trump in Edison, New Jersey. The rally, called "Hindus United Against Terror Charity Concert," featured Indian Bollywood stars and was advertised as a charity concert for terror victims.

Time to Stand up to the Conservative Desi Uncle: What the National Asian American Survey Tells Us About the True South Asian American Vote

Manjusha P. Kulkarni | Posted 10.11.2016 | Politics
Manjusha P. Kulkarni

It's exactly four weeks until the U.S. Presidential election. But, it is also possibly three years before necessary fixes are made to Obamacare to co...

LeBron James, Cleveland Sports, And American Identity

Prashant Tamaskar | Posted 06.23.2016 | Sports
Prashant Tamaskar

On Wednesday, my hometown of Cleveland hosted a once-in-a-lifetime celebration for our beloved Cavaliers who, led by native son LeBron James, had just stunned the sports world and won the NBA championship.

An Open Letter to Punjabi-Canadian YouTuber Jus Reign for Criticizing Azealia Banks

Brown Girl Magazine | Posted 05.15.2016 | Entertainment
Brown Girl Magazine

The world knows how funny you are. Your Snapchats are hilarious, and your YouTube videos are ROFL funny, but let's take a moment to thank you for shutting down Azealia Banks with her derogatory and outlandish remarks targeted at singer Zayn Malik.

Dear Hindu Leaders: Please Make Our Religion More Accessible

Deya Maldas | Posted 04.05.2017 | Religion
Deya Maldas

Maybe it's my lack of knowledge or an absence of resources, but I don't think I've explicitly ever been told how I, as a 10 year old, 15 year old, and now 21 year old, could interpret the depths of my religion and piece it together for my daily life.

Indians' Debt to Black America

Neil Padukone | Posted 03.11.2017 | Black Voices
Neil Padukone

As the #BlackLivesMatter movement seeks to correct injustices that should have long been consigned to history, we need to recognize that true Black liberation in America will lead to liberation everywhere.

First-Generation Immigrants Should Not Use the Term 'FOB'

Brown Girl Magazine | Posted 02.26.2017 | Women
Brown Girl Magazine

We are in a unique position where not only can we understand the challenges new immigrants from the Indian subcontinent face, but we are also well aware of the magnitude of opportunities that await individuals and families when those challenges are overcome.

What it Means to be South Asian in America

Brown Girl Magazine | Posted 02.26.2017 | Women
Brown Girl Magazine

I learned what it means to live in a country with a colonized past, a secular present and what appears to be an increasingly divisive future. But it wasn't until I moved to the U.S. in the wake of 9/11 that I learned what it means to be South Asian in the American context.

Assuring a Democratic Victory in 2016: Why Obama Should Nominate an Indian American for the U.S. Supreme Court

Manjusha P. Kulkarni | Posted 02.15.2017 | Politics
Manjusha P. Kulkarni

Hours after Judge Antonin Scalia died, talk began of possible nominees to fill the vacant seat. Among those on the short list was Sri Srinivasan, United States Circuit Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.

Why a Hindu American Gave up Beef

Deya Maldas | Posted 01.22.2017 | Religion
Deya Maldas

When I tell people I don't eat beef, I get mixed reactions. People that aren't South Asian look at me with confusion, but don't question it. It would ...

Sikh-Americans Forced to Choose Between Being Sikh or American

Prashant Tamaskar | Posted 12.30.2016 | Religion
Prashant Tamaskar

No American should have to compromise his or her religious beliefs in order to participate in public activities or make a livelihood, unless the compromise is truly necessary. Shamefully, Sikhs and many other Americans whose religious beliefs are not fully understood or respected, are forced to consider that compromise solely for failing to fit a particular image and look a certain way.

The Indo-Caribbean Experience: Now and Then

Brown Girl Magazine | Posted 12.14.2016 | Women
Brown Girl Magazine

Trauma begins when your colonizers use your ancestral grandmother as a sex slave, and re-emerges generations later when the Indo-Caribbean standard of feminine beauty becomes characterized by how Indian a woman doesn't look. "She's so pretty -- she doesn't even look like a coolie girl."

Ro Khanna on What It's Like To Run For Office As An Indian American And His Thoughts On Immigration Reform

Quora | Posted 12.11.2016 | Politics

I have run very proud of my heritage and story. My grandfather, Amaranth Vidhyalankar, spent four years in jail in the Indian Independence movement in the 1940s. I often talk about his inspiration on the campaign trail. I also am very open in discussing my Hindu faith, and how that informs my concern for the environment, for equality of women's rights, and for equality in gay rights.

White Privilege, a Brown Star, and the Sign of the Times

Prashant Tamaskar | Posted 11.24.2016 | Arts
Prashant Tamaskar

A few weeks ago, my wife and I attended Homecoming King, The Daily Show correspondent Hasan Minhaj's one-man show about his experiences growing up South Asian in the United States.

From the Ivory Tower Kitchen: Stop Undervaluing "Ethnic" Food

Hari Pulapaka, Ph.D., C.E.C. | Posted 09.23.2016 | Taste
Hari Pulapaka, Ph.D., C.E.C.

Only a smattering of efforts nationwide have successfully elevated Indian cuisine to its rightful stature as a complex, technically sound, old-world, and frankly, world-class genre.

Indian Immigrants Make it Obvious That the American Dream Is Alive and Well

Vivek Wadhwa | Posted 08.25.2016 | Technology
Vivek Wadhwa

The lessons that disadvantaged groups can learn from Indian immigrants are to help each other and "pay it forward." America shows the world that providing all people with equal opportunity makes a bigger economic pie; that diversity fuels innovation and economic growth.

New Artist Reviews: Rimi

Morena Duwe | Posted 07.29.2016 | Entertainment
Morena Duwe

Indian-American recording artist, Rimi, has found a balance between ancient Indian ideals and modern pop music.

For the Love of Brown! Bobby a.k.a. Piyush Jindal!

Nipa Shah | Posted 07.14.2016 | Politics
Nipa Shah

Please accept that you will always have a natural tan (brown). And that the path to the White House has no color barrier, anymore.

Gov. Jindal Might Be "Tanned and Rested," But He's Not Ready to Court Communities of Color

Deepa Iyer | Posted 07.02.2016 | Politics
Deepa Iyer

Governor Jindal's assimilation narrative, one that is rooted in exclusion and separateness, is tone-deaf and out of touch with where we are headed as a nation.

Why I'll Never Feel Ashamed to Be Indian-American

Vivek Wadhwa | Posted 05.26.2016 | Politics
Vivek Wadhwa

I was surprised to learn that Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi had said in Shanghai and Seoul that Indian expatriates are ashamed to have been born in India. This doesn't reflect the reality. What Indians -- everywhere -- have been ashamed of is India's inept government.

Why Calling Asian Americans a 'Model Minority' Glosses Over Crucial Issues

Vivek Wadhwa | Posted 05.19.2016 | Politics
Vivek Wadhwa

The "model minority" label makes things worse for large sections of these communities, because their needs are often overlooked or misunderstood and then rarely addressed in government programs and by social-service organizations. Lack of disaggregated data perpetuates this label.