[A]s Vijay Prashad has argued in two penetrating books about the diaspora, The Karma of Brown Folk and Uncle Swami: South Asians in America Today, South Asians have contributed to and benefited from the vibrant American tradition of antiblack racism. South Asians routinely are held up by elites (especially, self-servingly, newly crowned desi elites) as examples of how to succeed in America — in contrast to (the comparison is sometimes implied, but often explicit) blacks’ stagnation in their own insoluble pathologies. One doesn’t become the very model of a modern model minority simply by being good in the gaze of whites; one also has to be visibly bad to the “unmodel” minorities below… No one lives in a postracial America, but we desis have mostly enjoyed a postbrown existence that looks like one; “brown” solidarity has often amounted to desi professionals forming business associations to better exploit workers.”
Calling Young South Asians: Apply Now for DC Desi Summer
Friday, July 13th to Sunday, July 15th, 2012
For more information and to apply: http://dcdesisummer.weebly.com/apply.html
First priority deadline: May 15th
**For young South Asian Americans age 15-20**
(with origins in Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, the Maldives and the diaspora)
Free (We cover meals, but participants arrange for transportation and housing). Limited number of scholarships available.
DC Desi Summer (DCDS) is a weekend-long youth leadership and empowerment program. Spearheaded by the volunteer DCDS Collective, DC Desi Summer provides a radical and inclusive space for youth of South Asian heritage to examine key social justice issues and take action! Community activists, advocates, and academics will facilitate workshops and activities that focus on topics, such as sexism, racism, capitalism, and the nuts and bolts of organizing for justice.
I will be teaching this summer. More information about organizers here.
How does someone become undocumented?
Answer to: What problems strike you the most in the queer desi community?
I participated in my friend’s photo project. Click the link for the rest of the photos and write-up.
I met Steph in grad school, ain’t she a genius?!
Anurag, I’m going to take this moment to say that you are hot.
Please don’t take offense to that.
My interview with @TazzyStar
This weekend, Desi youth will be convening in Oakland, CA and Washington DC for the primary purpose of getting activated and politicized. DCDesi Summer will be holding it down for the East Coast, and I personally have been involved in getting Bay Area Solidarity Summer (BASS) off the ground here on the West Coast. Not only am I excited about the FUNraiser we have scheduled, I am particularly excited about the opening keynote speakers for the weekend - author of Desis in the House Sunaina Maira and dream activist Prerna Lal.
I met Prerna Lal last summer at Netroots Nation in Las Vegas. I quickly learned that she was a quite the firecracker. Desi via Fiji, Prerna is a founder of DreamActivist, a current law student, a writer, a SAALT Changemaker, queer, an activist and… is undocumented. Her journey as a struggling youth trying to navigate the broken immigration system is one she is very vocal about sharing, whether on blogs or on twitter. Her tenacity is one to be admired and bravery is one to be inspired by.
Just a few months ago, Prerna was served deportation papers - but being who she is, she’s not leaving without a fight. Here’s what she had to say.
There is so much wrong with this article. I don’t know where to start.
I won’t even get into the ridiculous stereotyping and dehumanizing language of the article. What’s especially frustrating is that the author didn’t even try to engage with the issue of asylum claims. Though the question of whether Gujarati Muslims, for example, qualify for asylum is obviously a contentious and divisive issue, this issue can foster an interesting discussion about minority citizenship and emigration. I just wish this article had been willing to productively ask more about why Indian immigrants are increasingly crossing borders.
I have yet to come across a half-way intelligent journalist in the U.S. who is willing to actually listen and get to the bottom of the issue rather than fit our lives into their own pre-conceived boxes to meet a deadline.
If you are in the Bay Area on July 23rd, please check out the FUN-Raiser for Bay Area Solidarity Summer!
We’re throwing a party FunRaiser for the youth participants to meet leaders and members of ourcommunity, so PLEASE COME and bring your friends.
The event will feature performances by renowned South Asian artists, including CHEE MALABAR (http://cheemalabar.bandcam p.com/), HOODINI (http://hoodiniandking.band camp.com/), MICROPIXIE(http://www.micropixie.com/), DJ RAV-E (Non-Stop Bhangra) and DJ DRRRTY POONJABI(http://thebins.bandcamp.co m/).
There will also be snacks and some specialty non-alcoholic beverages that our
organizer/bartenders will be preparing just for you!!!
Any donations will be graciously accepted to support the program and artists. (Suggested $5-$20 sliding scale- ABSOLUTELY NO ONE TURNED AWAY ) We will also have limited CD’s, T-shirts, posters for people to snag!
Image created by Nisha Sembi of Kalkari Revolution circa 2011.