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No Shaadi? No Problem - Meet South Asian Singles with the Dus App

Rawan AbuShaban | Posted 06.06.2016 | Technology
Rawan AbuShaban

Even in the Western world, the shaadi - or "wedding" - mentality is prevalent in South Asian communities. As a result, younger generations who have gr...

Final Reflection on Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month: Remembering Our Pathfinders

Ravi Chaudhary | Posted 06.01.2016 | Politics
Ravi Chaudhary

Our pathfinders shape who we are as Americans. Through their selfless deeds, they often risk everything to advance the values we hold dear as Americans. I am honored to tell the story of an Asian American pathfinder I've known for many years -- Senator Satveer Chaudhary.

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.

Dear Coldplay & Beyonce: India Is Not An Orientalist Fantasy

Reva Bhatt | Posted 02.04.2016 | Entertainment
Reva Bhatt

If Coldplay's "Hymn for the Weekend" is the theme music for your upcoming weekend, let us stop you right there. The music video takes the complexity and vastness of Indian culture and squeezes it into the long-romanticized Western narrative of said culture.

The Curious Case of Dr. Anjali Ramkissoon and the Implications of Her Social Media Shaming

Brown Girl Magazine | Posted 01.27.2016 | Women
Brown Girl Magazine

by Elizabeth Jaikaran - Follow @LizJaikaran Fourth-year neurology student Anjali Ramkissoon saturated our newsfeeds last week when a video of her att...

No, I Don't Watch Shows With South Asian Leads Because I'm Indian

Brown Girl Magazine | Posted 01.12.2016 | Entertainment
Brown Girl Magazine

With diverse writers rooms, minority characters are well developed. They are no longer tokens -- they are nuanced, relatable characters with multidimensional interests, robust storylines, and realistic interactions with the world.

To the White Mom Who Felt Insulted By the Henna on Her Daughter's Hands

Brown Girl Magazine | Posted 12.22.2015 | Religion
Brown Girl Magazine

I've been inhaling secondhand Christianity for so many Decembers that the irony took a moment to register. Here is a little girl who, not unlike me as a child, was curious and learning about cultures and religions different from her own. Her innocence is still untainted by the schisms of race and wore henna for an appeal that's independent of cultural significance, much like I give and receive presents for Christmas every single year.

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."

It Only Took 18 Years, But I'm Finally A United States Citizen

Brown Girl Magazine | Posted 11.24.2015 | Religion
Brown Girl Magazine

I was thirteen when 9/11 happened, just a few weeks into the start of the eighth grade. The series of events that that horrifying incident put into action are still playing out to this day, 14 years later.

You Can Be Whatever Princess (Or Prince) You Want This Halloween

The Huffington Post | Nadya Agrawal | Posted 02.12.2016 | Women

Since I was 5 years old, nearly every Halloween someone has told me to go as Princess Jasmine from "Aladdin." I mean, I get it -- we're both stunningl...

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.

My Dad Rarely Says 'I Love You' But I Couldn't Feel More Loved

Yagana Shah | Posted 06.19.2016 | Fifty
Yagana Shah

Every kid growing up in a South Asian household knows there is a certain four-letter word you shan't utter. No, it's not the f-word, and no it doesn't rhyme with hit. It's the l-word: love.

What These 12 Pieces Of South Asian Wedding Jewelry Really Mean

Jafreen M. Uddin | Posted 02.11.2015 | Weddings
Jafreen M. Uddin

Jewelry and adornments take on a whole new meaning in South Asian celebrations -- did you know there's an auspicious sign behind nearly every piece of jewelry a South Asian bride wears?

An Unlikely Sliver of Hope from Ferguson

Sandip Roy | Posted 10.27.2014 | Black Voices
Sandip Roy

Amidst all the hell breaking loose in Ferguson, here was one more old scab to pick at -- immigrant-black tensions in small towns and inner cities.

Microaggressions Weigh Heavy on the Heart

Nashwa Lina Khan | Posted 06.11.2014 | Education
Nashwa Lina Khan

They could champion me; I was the brown girl at student senate representing what otherwise looked like a very homogeneous white space. I was Muslim, but not "scary Muslim."

Hot and Spicy Gluten-Free Indian Dumplings For Valentine's Day

Amber Rehman | Posted 04.16.2014 | Taste
Amber Rehman

There are some dishes that can transport me back to my grandmother's kitchen with every bite I take.

SPEAK UP WITH JIMMY: Diversity and Social Media for Gap's 'Make Love' Ad Campaign (VIDEO)

Jimmy Nguyen | Posted 03.04.2014 | Business
Jimmy Nguyen

Last fall, Gap Inc.'s "Make Love" ad campaign garnered kudos for the diversity of its models but also sparked hate speech vandalism of its street post...

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?

In 2013, Can People of Indian Descent Be American?

Sarika Arya | Posted 11.18.2013 | College
Sarika Arya

Where do I come from? When people ask me this, I usually say America. "No," they persist, "where are you from?" What they are really asking me is, "Why are you brown?" (Or, as my mother likes to say, "golden." Right on, Mom.)

One Year After Oak Creek: Changing America's Racial Landscape

Deepa Iyer | Posted 10.02.2013 | Crime
Deepa Iyer

In the wake of the tragedy on August 5, 2012, when a gunman stormed into the gurdwara and killed six people, Sikh Americans around the country asked: "What do I tell my children?" and "How do I protect them?"

Women of Color: Before and After

Eve Pearl | Posted 10.11.2012 | Style
Eve Pearl

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Women of Color: Before and After

Eve Pearl | Posted 10.11.2012 | Style
Eve Pearl

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Finally, a YA Novel About the American Muslim Experience

Naazish YarKhan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Naazish YarKhan

Neither This Nor That enters the young adult literature market, bringing to light difficulties that American Muslim youth and children of immigrants face acclimating to life in the U.S.