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South Asian Americans

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.

Desi Well-Being Warriors: South Asians Breaking the Mold

Sheena Vasani | Posted 10.22.2015 | Impact
Sheena Vasani

What does it mean to be an emotionally healthy - or, in other words, psychologically empowered - South Asian? And how can we cultivate communities that nurture one's emotional health?

South Asian Americans Want to Be Accepted -- Not Merely Tolerated

Ravleen Kaur | Posted 07.15.2015 | College
Ravleen Kaur

America is a melting pot of cultures -- but it seems like not all cultures and ethnicities are welcome. Unless, of course, their clothing is appropriated for profit or racial jokes are made at their expense for entertainment. It seems as if some Americans love everything about us... except us.

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

Nipa Shah | Posted 07.14.2015 | 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.

Garland, Texas vs. Pam Geller

Rev. Winnie Varghese | Posted 05.06.2015 | 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.

How One Woman Escaped a Forced Marriage

Metro | Posted 06.21.2015 | Women

"I had a friend and when we were 14, she said to me, 'I have a secret,'" she says. "And the secret was that she had a fiancé who was 10 years older. At the time, I didn't know what it meant, and I thought it was like having a boyfriend."

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 ...

In the Face of Systemic Racism, South Asians Must Not Keep Silent

John Thatamanil | Posted 02.12.2015 | Religion
John Thatamanil

The Civil Rights Movement was itself the fruit of the shared spiritual yearnings of blacks and Indians. Therefore, South Asian immigrants are under historical, moral and spiritual obligations to refuse offers of white privilege and join in solidarity with African-Americans.

Why (Another) Urban Outfitters Fiasco Still Makes Me Angry

Simran Kaur | Posted 02.09.2015 | Impact
Simran Kaur

This is not about demonizing Urban Outfitters. It is about refusing to support entities that actively engage in racism via cultural appropriation.

Here's Why It's Not Weird for Indian Men to Live at Home With Mom and Dad

Dipti Vaid Dedhia | Posted 01.07.2015 | Women
Dipti Vaid Dedhia

Ever wonder why it's completely normal for Indian guys to live at home with their parents well into their 20s and 30s? Or how even after marriage, they live with their parents and spouse as a "joint family?"

Four Brave Muslim Women Break The Silence Around Their Sexual Assaults

Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 09.20.2014 | Religion

After years of crushing silence, four Muslim-American women are opening up about the sexual abuse they’ve suffered at the hands of someone they trus...

We Are Not White

J. Mijin Cha | Posted 09.24.2014 | Politics
J. Mijin Cha

Politically speaking, the high level of social acceptance and privilege that comes with being Asian-American is ultimately dangerous because it sets up a false notion of who we really are. For starters, we are not white.

Appreciating a Mother's Love

Murali Balaji | Posted 07.09.2014 | Women
Murali Balaji

This Sunday, make sure you do what you can to honor your mothers (or those who fill that maternal role in your life), and strive to make that appreciation a daily part of your lives. While I wish I still had that opportunity, I am blessed to have enjoyed her unconditional love for as long as I did.

Standing With Sangeeta

Deepa Iyer | Posted 02.19.2014 | World
Deepa Iyer

We all deserve to engage in our jobs with dignity, whether we work in the corner office of a high-rise, the inside of a cab, or behind closed doors in a home. Standing with Sangeeta means that we stand for the rights of those who experience workplace abuse.

The Silent South Asian Immigrant Community in America

Lakshmi Gopalakrishnan | Posted 01.23.2014 | College
Lakshmi Gopalakrishnan

Not all of South Asian immigrants are math nerds or STEM specialists. Many of their problems are glossed over under the shadow of the model minority.

Calling Justice-Loving South Asians to Dismantle the Drug War, Free People and Plants, and Foster Health and Development for Millions

Sunil Kumar Aggarwal | Posted 11.20.2013 | Politics
Sunil Kumar Aggarwal

A private-prisons-backed, corporatist-police state-driven, racially-skewed "new Jim Crow" era of mass incarceration currently reigns in the U.S. The ...

In Our Changing Nation, Who Is Miss America?

Angela Glover Blackwell | Posted 11.20.2013 | Black Voices
Angela Glover Blackwell

What a sad commentary on the values of some Americans. It suggests a super narrow and wrong view of the nation. Why is it that a Miss America who is not white engenders so much angst in the populous?

Zimmerman's Racial Realities, Beyond Black and White

Sonny Singh | Posted 09.15.2013 | Politics
Sonny Singh

Our knee-jerk reaction to this horrific incident of racial profiling and racist violence are indicative of how this country remains stuck in an outdated, black-white racial paradigm.

Oak Creek Massacre: Before a Vote, We Deserve Representation

Amit S. Bagga | Posted 04.17.2013 | Politics
Amit S. Bagga

Our identities as Americans will not be given legitimacy -- or quite literally, airtime -- and we will thus continue to remain faceless victims of yet another tragedy chalked up only to gun violence and not also to hatred and ignorance.

Voter Suppression and the Immigrant Voice

Rukhsana Hasib | Posted 11.16.2012 | World
Rukhsana Hasib

Pennsylvania is one of the states, around the country, where Republicans have passed a strict voter photo ID requirement law. On Thursday, September 1...

Racial and Religious Profiling: What Will Be the Toll on Our Children?

Deepa Iyer | Posted 05.23.2012 | New York
Deepa Iyer

Our collective psyche has been shaped by the experiences of living in post-9/11 America, and future generations will be forced to wrangle with questions of identity, history, shame and our place in America.

Designing Solidarity For 9/11 Anniversary

Turnstyle | Posted 11.12.2011 | Arts

Originally published on, a digital information service surfacing emerging stories in news, entertainment, art and culture; powered ...

Ten Years Later: A Return to Our Ideals

Sayu Bhojwani | Posted 11.09.2011 | New York
Sayu Bhojwani

In the months after the attack, I was more painfully aware of my difference than ever before. The hard-won sense of belonging that I felt after becoming a U.S. citizen was now constantly under threat.

The Daily Show's Aasif Mandvi Opens Up On Sanity, Specials, And Stewart

Dan Lybarger | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Dan Lybarger

On August 9, 2006, actor-comic Aasif Mandvi started a job that he had auditioned for only five hours before. It was the first of the New York performe...

Looking ahead to 9/11/2011: The Time for National Healing Begins Now

Deepa Iyer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Deepa Iyer

Let's not wait fifty years to recognize the impact of post 9/11 policies on our communities and our country. The movement towards national healing must begin now.