Youth

Cut To Fly

Cut To Fly

Black My fingers weave through the mess of my hair, smoothening the strands and arguing with the tangles. Poking against the knots until slowly and silently, they come undone. Like an ancient scroll finally discovered, my braid unravels and a curtain of ebony cascades...
Winning Student Essays

Winning Student Essays

The two essays are winning essays by students in the competition, Growing Up Asian in America organized by Asian Pacific Fund.  They were asked to write a letter to Senator Kamala Harris. “Beneath All Skin there is a Soul” Dear Senator Harris: “I have a dream that my...
A Desi Who Makes a Difference in the World’s Hotspots: Anupma Sud

A Desi Who Makes a Difference in the World’s Hotspots: Anupma Sud

Nearly every day, news of humanitarian crises from all over the world hits our news feeds. These unending stories of loss make us not only plumb into despair, but we also feel that we cannot make any difference to the human cost of these tragedies. Meeting Anupma Sud...
Betsy Devos At Helm: A Student Speaks

Betsy Devos At Helm: A Student Speaks

In early February, Betsy DeVos was confirmed as the Secretary of Education, in a 51-50 vote. As a college student struggling with course workload, her confirmation frightens me. As a tutor to college students, her confirmation most definitely frightens me. And, with...
Embarrassed By My Indianness

Embarrassed By My Indianness

I was seated on the kitchen counter, my favorite perch as a four-year old. I watched my thatha, my maternal grandfather, draw a “U” shaped white figure on his forehead with what looked like a metal toothpick. Carefully, he placed a red substance with water on the heel...
A Teenager’s Reflections on a Family Tradition

A Teenager’s Reflections on a Family Tradition

Toward the end of September of each year, the South Indian community enters a frenzy of chaos and excitement in preparation for Golu, the exhibition of dolls in honor of Navratri. Golu has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember. Despite living in the...