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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 04.04.2016 | 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 03.10.2016 | 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 02.26.2016 | 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 02.26.2016 | 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 02.16.2016 | 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 01.25.2016 | 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 12.30.2015 | 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 12.14.2015 | 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 12.14.2015 | Politics
Quora

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 11.24.2015 | 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 09.23.2015 | 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 08.25.2015 | 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 07.29.2015 | 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.

Garland, Texas vs. Pam Geller

Rev. Winnie Varghese | Posted 05.05.2016 | Religion
Rev. Winnie Varghese

I grew up in Garland, Texas on Princeton Street where my parents lived until a few years ago. One of my first memories is the icy January day my parents and their friends gingerly brought my new baby brother and our very woozy mother home from the hospital to our little house.

South Asian? This Test Could Save Your Life

Dr. Amy Shah | Posted 04.16.2015 | Healthy Living
Dr. Amy Shah

People of South Asian descent, listen up. We have a big problem on our hands and there just aren't enough people who know about it. If we don't act ...

Raising My Beti

Tina Karkera | Posted 06.03.2015 | Parents
Tina Karkera

Anyone lucky enough to share his life with you should accept you as you are, knowing that his life will only improve with you in it. You will contribute to his happiness just as he will to yours. I am passing no burden on to him and he is doing me no favors by marrying you.

Oh My Gods: The Triumphs of a Little Brown Kid

Sutheshna Mani | Posted 06.01.2015 | Religion
Sutheshna Mani

To me, all faiths shared similarities, and my childhood naiveté could not comprehend tension and factionalism within and between these religions. I was also incapable of understanding why my teacher went so in-depth with the Abrahamic faiths, but skipped over the eastern religions, including mine.

Week to Week News Quiz for 2/20/15

John Zipperer | Posted 04.22.2015 | San Francisco
John Zipperer

Misbehavior by politicians is only one of the problems you'll see in our latest Week to Week news quiz. Here are some random but real hints: Brian Wi...

On Being '-American'

Janesh Rahlan | Posted 04.18.2015 | Politics
Janesh Rahlan

There is no one parameter that qualifies somebody as American or even a set of qualities that comprise a monolith of American culture. While Jindal's comments are directly aimed at Indian-Americans, they're insulting to all immigrants and the general creation of this country.