Pakistani Cargo Truck Art….in Kansas City?!?

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Asheer Akram, an artist and sculptor of Pakistani descent, was born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma in 1984. He and a group of artists and artisans from Kansas City, Missouri have started the “Pakistani Cargo Truck Initiative” – which is formatted around the visual aesthetic of the cargo trucks of Pakistan and the ideas that surround their intended purposes.“We are building a cargo truck in the traditional Pakistani-style with a Midwest twist and a new function.” Says Akram. “For this project we hav … [Read more...]

Pakistani-American Playhouse Breaks New Ground

BY IRFAN RYDHAN for ILLUME MAGAZINEhttp://www.illumemag.com/zine/articleDetail.php?Pakistani-Playhouse-Breaks-New-Ground-13490Imran S. Javaid and Imran W. Sheikh, two young Pakistani-American Muslims, started “Parwaz Playhouse” – the first major Pakistani Theatre Company in the Fall of 2009.  ILLUME caught up with them as they prepare for their latest production – an adaption of Eugene O’Neill’s “Beyond the Horizon”, which will begin performing to audiences on Feb. 25, 2011 in New York C … [Read more...]

First Pakistani Starship Captain in latest “Star Trek” Film

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I watched the latest "Star Trek" film in IMAX this past weekend and was pleasantly surprised to see Faran Tahir, a Pakistani-American who played the lead villian in "Iron Man" last year, as Captain Robau of the Starship U.S.S. Kelvin.According to an article on scifiwire.com, Tahir was cast by Director J.J. Abrams specifically because of his ethnicity, which is a tradition of the "Star Trek" series since the 60's when Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry had a mutli-ethnic cast depicting the … [Read more...]


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