UPDATE: Early Friday morning after most people had gone to sleep, the California Instructional Quality Commission rejected a proposal to replace the word “India” with “South Asia” in history books used in California public schools, reports First Post.
The … Read more
(Note from the editor: After ten years as Executive Director of South Asians Americans Leading Together, Deepa Iyer is stepping down. Iyer is in a unique position to comment on the growth of the South Asian American community over that time. She agreed to answer a few questions for AsAmNews.)
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The term “desi” has long been used in the South Asian American community to refer to each other. It has most always been used in a positive sense as an expression of ethnic pride.
But communities change as they grow. South Asian Americans have certainly advanced light years in the last decade both in … Read more
Her Bollywood dance routine before a national television audience won her a standing ovation.
The Christian Science Monitor reports 3.4 million people in the United States have family ties to South Asia.
80 percent of … Read more
Nisha Desai Biswal has been nominated to a key post in the State Department by President Obama, reports the Times of India.
She’ll be the first Indian American and South Asian American to head the South Asia bureau in the State Department.
Desai will oversee US foreign policy and relations with India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, … Read more
Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgenders from the South Asian communities from around the world will gather in San Francisco July 4-6 for DesiQ. People from as far away as Nepal, India and Sri Lanka will be in … Read more