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A few years ago, one of my cousins died from a heart attack at age 29. Unfortunately, this is a common phenomenon, with South Asians having the highest death rate from heart disease compared to other ethnic groups.
Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif resigned on Friday after Pakistan’s Supreme Court found him guilty of corruption, and his removal has brought forth major questions regarding Pakistan’s future as a democracy.
In “Duality: Dance Ballet of India,” presented at Portland’s Newmark Theatre on April 1st, classical bharatanatyam was used to convey stories of the present—specifically, the stories of Indian immigrant women and their children today
“It’s just rhetoric,” pundits chortled all over the country from the very day Trump announced his proposal to run for President. Everyone paid attention to how Trump’s poll numbers shot up after the announcement of his “Muslim ban.”
The truth is, we haven’t really celebrated Diwali in my family since I was in middle school. Even when we were young, we never did more than fireworks and pakoras. My parents were just not into celebrating holidays.
Ro Khanna is running for California’s U.S. House of Representatives’ 17th District seat, challenging incumbent Mike Honda. I spoke briefly with Ro Khanna over the phone about his thoughts on entering politics, the challenges facing the United States and the Indian-American community, and how he intends to make improvements to our society.
But running for office is not easy for the majority of Asian-American candidates. South Asian candidates in particular, who often have to face charges of "otherness" in a multitude of ways, whether it is because of their names, religions, or families.
When I read in the news that a New Jersey dealership was sued for refusing to sell an Indian-American a car because the dealer believed the man would “sell it to the Taliban,” I didn’t really know how to react or even how to discuss this relevant piece of news.
I’m not Muslim-American, but as an American, I was touched by Khizr Khan’s speech at the Democratic National Convention last week.
There aren’t many South Asian Americans who hold political office. South Carolina governor Nikki Haley is the only Indian-American governor in the United States. Congressman Ami Bera is the only Indian-American in Congress. Both have pretty simple, easy-to-pronounce, North Indian names. Both are Christian.
The Hindu-American Foundation recently released its 2016 Bullying in American Schools report and I was sad to find out that none of the results really surprised me. According to the study, one out of three survey respondents said they had been bullied because of their religious beliefs.
"Brown Girl News" is a panel discussion where we discuss issues of significance to the South Asian community. In this particular video, we discuss recent events in the South Asian-American community and current issues.