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Links 1 through 10 of 76 by Latoya Peterson tagged desi

"The large British Asian population in the town - 24% - has swelled the numbers with bigger than average families, but veteran observers such as Sir Bill Taylor, former council leader and youth worker, believes all communities in the area can see the positives. He says: 'Converging cultures mean there's less of a difference. And what everyone has in common is a sense of the youthful energy and optimism we have – and which we need to encourage and not disappoint.'"

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"The campaign, labeled "Take Back Yoga," does not ask yoga devotees to become Hindu, or instructors to teach more about Hinduism. The small but increasingly influential group behind it, the Hindu American Foundation, suggests only that people become more aware of yoga's debt to the faith's ancient traditions. 

"Organizers of the Take Back Yoga effort point out that the philosophy of yoga was first described in Hinduism's seminal texts and remains at the core of Hindu teaching. Yet, because the religion has been stereotyped in the West as a polytheistic faith of 'castes, cows and curry,' they say, most Americans prefer to see yoga as the legacy of a more timeless, spiritual 'Indian wisdom.'"

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"It’s frustrating that the most ethnic food on the Food Network was Italian up ‘till recently, but thankfully those days are no longer. However, I still find it somewhat suspicious that the Food Network has yet to create another Asian-based cooking show, considering the ever-expanding demographic, and the even faster growing interest in the diverse cuisines of Asia. I mean, who doesn’t like/know someone who likes sushi nowadays? Isn’t it high time that we started seeing more Asian Americans in food media?"

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"So he’s an immigrant, he married a local, and he converted. Ok, fine, just like almost every other candidate we’ve blogged about here. But the kicker is just how much the “Islamization of America” is a part of his campaign. He talks about “Universal Jihad” “The Islamist Challenge” and “Sharia Law” on his site. He states he doesn’t believe there is an “Indian-Pakistani problem… just a universal jihadist problem.” He further expounds by basically saying that being Muslim and being American are inherently antithetical and for the sake of the American Constitution we need to get rid of people that follow the Quran. [...]

Here’s the kicker (like that wasn’t enough). Also running for Congress a neighboring district over for the Republican party is a Desi Muslim candidate: Mahmood Sabri is running for Congress in the 1st District in Tennessee. How’s that for some party solidarity and united messaging?"

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"Historically, within the South Asian cultural context, gender and sexuality have often been represented as more fluid. But something about the transnational circulation of the idea of "coming out" seems to be understood to be in opposition to the South Asian identity and sense of community. This is not to depict South Asians as uniquely more homophobic than other cultural groups or on the other hand to deny that homophobia related violence is endemic in the South Asian community. But homophobia cannot be understood without taking into consideration the long trajectory of violent historical events such as colonization, displacement, migration and assimilation that resulted in the creation of a very powerful sense of community. This sense of community has served to unite South Asians internationally, but has also functioned to silence those that lie in the periphery. "

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“I haven’t had a moment to figure out which Bolly-celeb I look like. (I didn’t even consider finding a mainstream/Hollywood celeb.)”

“I know I do not resemble anyone in the small group of desi celebs familiar to most Americans (e.g. Mindy Kaling, Padma Lakshmi, etc.). I couldn’t instantly think of a Latina/Persian/Arab/other brown-skinned celeb familiar to most Americans that I might resemble. (This is a small pool too! How many can you think of? The Kardashians don’t count ;)! Therefore, the number of potential possibilities seemed much larger in celebs more famous in South Asia than in the US. “

“Racially ambiguous looking, that’s my excuse. My growing list of what people think I am: Latina (but depending on my shade at the time anything from Argentine to Mexican), Native American, Filipina, Mongolian, Greek, Spanish, Italian, Turk, Arab, Chinese… “

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"It’s safe to say that I really, really dislike this song. Words like “fetishism” and “objectification” came to mind as soon as I saw it. The chorus, “Girl do that Indian dance/Dance for me now/Dance for me now” is nauseating enough, but “Ma got hair like Pocahotantas/Hands on the ass of an Indian goddess” induce further vomiting. As does ” shake, wiggle it , slither like a snake, mama.” In short this video reinforces every stereotype already out there about South Asian women. Servile? Check. Exotic? Check. Kama-Sutra-fantasy? Check. And yes, I know it’s not very different from any other misogynistic hip-hop song out there, but really? Really? And ode to brown fever?"

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"We learned the sign for Hindu (thumb making mark on head), Bangladeshi (opening fist like a flower), Sikh (two hands making a turban), Tamil (hand across forehead), Sri Lankan (circling pointer finger at open palm), Muslim (hand in front of face moving down) and FOB (hands in boat shape and finger jumping out). I was surprised at how many of the signs were so blatant. “That’s racist!” I mouthed to Shazia as she signed ‘Moroccan’ (two hands making a niqab) for me. She mouthed back, “Deaf people are blunt.” Touched upon in an earlier post by Amardeep on Russel Peters’ and his deaf stand up routine, I thought about how space to be politically correct in a deaf world was marginalized. Sure, it makes for faster conversations, but I also wondered how racism and South Asian identities developed. Does it make it less racist since these signs are inherently how this community communicates?"

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"I went to see The Love Guru with hackles raised and claws sharpened. I came to bury, not to praise. But 87 IQ-draining minutes of fart jokes, midget jokes, and sight gags [...] later, I came out slightly charmed, humming the Guru Pitka song"

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"The idea of off-setting a minority Democratic candidate with a minority Republican Vice-Presidential candidate is probably seeming less urgent now. Still, perhaps we’re due to have our first Punjabi Vice President."

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