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Coming Out Coming Home

Gay Pride was just over in San Francisco. Not surprisingly, on her flight back to Los Angeles, Rashmi Choksey found herself surrounded by gay people. When she got on the shuttle from the airport, one of her fellow passengers, a man commented on how he found a gay...

Breaking the Model Minority Myth

“Hurry up, Line 1! You are not here to talk, you are here to work! GEE-VAAAN WHAT’S THE HOLD UP?” The tone and ferocity of her words carry a certain violence. They are intended to elicit immediate obedience, the way a prison guard wields a...

Indian Americans of the Century

“So my fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.” -President John F. Kennedy’s inaugural address, January 20, 1961 If President Kennedy (who opened the country to Asian immigration) were to evaluate...

From Dotbusters to Cool Dots

When Radha pushed the cart out of the exit door, the DotBuster with the barrel chest and GOTCHA T-shirt—appar­ently the gang’s leader—approached her as if he wished to lend a hand. “Hey lady, why do you wear that thing on your forehead? Your husband throw...

The Sandwich Generation

The elderly Indian man wanders through the neighborhood, talking to himself and pausing uncertainly every now and then. His clothes are soiled and his eyes are vacant. A neighbor, observing him from behind the blinds of her living room, sighs. This is the third time...

Celebrating India

Shashi Tharoor, acclaimed au­thor of “The Great Indian Novel” and “Show Business,” returns to political and social analysis with his latest book, “India: Midnight to Millennium.” Tharoor has a uniquely interna­tional vantage point...