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Today’s Special: Aasif Mandvi

Today’s Special: Aasif Mandvi

Thanks to the Daily Show with Jon Stewart, Aasif Mandvi is perhaps the most recognizable desi face on screen today. But long before he became a “foreign-looking correspondent,” Mandvi starred in films like Ismail Merchant’s The Mystic Masseur. Even when he was still a...
Theater As Activism

Theater As Activism

One of the most exciting young voices rising through the Chicago comedy scene is that of Neal Dandade. The 25-year-old native of El Paso, Texas, has a degree in Theatre from Swarthmore College. He has extensive experience as a comedic performer, writer, and improviser...
Desis On Cable: Reshma Shetty and Danny Pudi

Desis On Cable: Reshma Shetty and Danny Pudi

A “Royal Pain” Reshma Shetty stars as Divya Katdare in the USA Network original series Royal Pains—one of the most highly-rated new series on cable in 2009. The show has recently been renewed for a second season in 2010. An accomplished singer, Reshma previously...
Community Leaders of Tomorrow

Community Leaders of Tomorrow

The Asian American Institute (AAI) is a pan-Asian non-profit organization in Chicago whose mission is to educate, advocate for, and empower the Asian American and Asian Pacific American community. One of the AAI’s programs is the Impact Fellows Program (IFP), which...
In the Dugout and On the Air

In the Dugout and On the Air

Raj Mathai has won two Emmy Awards and an Associated Press award for Outstanding Sports Segment. As sports director for NBC Bay Area, Raj anchors nightly sportscasts and is among the Bay Area’s most well-known television personalities. He is a part of the San...
Research and Reward

Research and Reward

At 21, Tulsi Patel has already spent four years conducting research in the field of genetics. Patel is a 2009 graduate of the University of Georgia (UGA) Honors Program with a B.S. in Genetics. She is also an alumnus of the UGA Honors Program’s Center for...