Indians in Media

Suddenly there's a bunch of new options for Americans to see people of Indian origin on TV! It's not just TV, either. Indians and Americans of Indian ethnicity are making themselves heard and I love it.TVMaster of None (on Netflix): Aziz Ansari plays Dev, an Indian-American actor. It's hilarious and my favorite episode is the one about his parents and his friend's parents. Ansari cast his real mother and father and they bring so much heart to it that they steal the … [Read more...]

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The Bindi and the Job Interview

Over the summer I quit my office job to write full time. It turns out that I was a little premature in that decision and our budget is stretched far too tight for comfort right now. So I started looking for a part time job near our home to supplement my writing income. It had to be part time and it had to be close enough to our house for me to walk because my husband and I share one car.As I put in applications at Target, Subway, Game Stop, and grocery stores I started to wonder about my … [Read more...]

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The Hindu Identity Crisis & The Mindy Project

There is an issue with how young Hindus see themselves, perhaps particularly in America.I've encountered it again and again where someone identifies as Hindu because that's what they were raised but they have no sense of connection to it and no idea what any of it means. There's an "Oh, I guess I'm Hindu" but no attachment to it.I think this comes across very clearly in the show The Mindy Project.It's wonderful to have a show where the main character is an Indian American … [Read more...]

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Native American Indians

I had an interesting experience with a friend from India a few weeks ago. She was in town visiting and we were driving around when we saw a truck labeled "Indian River." She asked me what that was about. I explained that here in America that's more likely to be referring to "Native Americans" than to people from India. And then she asked what a Native American was.It was a moment of clarity for me. It is so easy to forget that we learn so much of our own history growing up but only the … [Read more...]

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When Your Children Fall In Love

There is an issue happening that I find utterly heartbreaking.Several of my Indian American friends who have fallen in love with non-Indian Americans have experienced and continue to experience very hurtful behavior from their parents, who want to use withdrawal of emotional support in order to control who their children marry.I realize that a lot of Indian parents who move to America find themselves startled to have American children. No matter how much you shelter them and keep them … [Read more...]

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Interviews with Americans of Indian Ethnicity: Mahesh

I have a new series for you, which is a set of interviews with a variety of young people who are American but have Indian families. I feel like I have a lot in common with the children of immigrants from India. We both are struggling to understand culture and religion that is divorced from its origin.  I have the advantage of being assumed to be American which is a pretty shitty thing, in my opinion. I hate that whiteness is seen as purely American and other ethnicities are not. Half my family … [Read more...]

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