I am an Indian-American. The hyphen represents the fulcrum balancing two rich cultures and societies, both of which equally constitute my identity. I should not, and will never, choose one side over the other.
My book is a continuation of my work on giving voices to marginalized peoples, groups, and communities. The theme that stitches all of the essays together to create a colorful tapestry is the intersection of sexuality and ethnicity.
Neglecting people of color was a big reason for losing elections, he claimed, implicitly positioning himself as the solution. But does Jindal truly speak for any community of color, or is this just another round of creative political opportunism?
Tonight, MTV is launching the show Washington Heights. The series will profile a group of friends who live in the uptown section of Manhattan known as "The Heights". After watching the trailer, I felt especially skeptical and curious as to what can of worms this show might open up.
If we stop looking for the "racist" or "antiracist" intent within people and instead within the shared, patterned, and common ways that people interact, we can move beyond the common and often misleading ways of dividing the world into simplistic dichotomies of good and bad.
Being mixed can be a weird, terrifying, and unorthodox spotlight to stand behind, but quite frankly, I wouldn't feel comfortable standing on any other stage. And that's a feeling that I believe our president shares.
As one of the youngest reporters at the Democratic National Convention, I realized my racial identity sitting in the press box at INVESCO field as I watched as a man who eventually would lead this nation speak.
The Census is a telling--and at times controversial--window into the issue of identity. How people within the American "melting pot" identify themselves is often an insightful narrative on the society's relationship with race, ethnicity, assimilation, and culture.