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The Hindu: Radical South Asian Walking Tour Through Streets of Berkeley

posted by Randall

 

BerkeleyIt’s an only in Berkeley story. The bastion of radical thinking in the 60’s is now the home of  the Radical South Asian Walking Tour, reports The Hindu

“Caffe Med — that is where Ali Ishtiaq helped found the Bangladesh Support Network, two years before he went on to help co-found Trikone, the first formal LGBT South Asian organisation in the world,” Anirvan Anirvan says beaming.

15 mostly college age “tourists” listen attentively. Anirvan and his wife started this in August as a fundraiser for the Bay Area Solidarity Summer, a summer camp for politically active South Asian teenagers.

He’s done 15 tours so far and all of them have been sold out. There’s talk this could become a full fledged class at UC Berkeley.

“The response has been overwhelming. Most people don’t know about this history,” Anirvan says. “We didn’t know this history. But when we learned it, we realized we had to share it.”

The Hindu did an excellent story on this tour. I highly recommend it.

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