Mahendra Agrawal never imagined he would have a heart attack. He followed a vegetarian diet, exercised regularly and maintained a healthy weight. His blood pressure and cholesterol levels were normal. But when Mr.
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All rights reserved. The stand-up comic Hari Kondabolu, who is Indian American, had just finished telling a joke about being brown in America when the laughter was interrupted. The phrase is instantly recognizable to millions of fans of The Simpsons television show as the signature utterance of Apu Nahasapeemapetilon, who is portrayed unabashedly as a racial stereotype: the thrifty, borderline unscrupulous, and somewhat servile Indian convenience store owner. To Kondabolu, those words at a show in October were even more familiar.
The South Asian Community in the United States & New York City
India's trade with its South Asian neighbours has the potential to triple, says a new World Bank report. While intraregional trade accounts for 50 per cent of total trade in East Asia and the Pacific and 22 per cent in Sub-Saharan Africa, it forms only 5 per cent of South Asia's total trade. The report highlights two specific examples of India's cooperation in the region to shed light on both the barriers and the opportunities related to regional trade and connectivity. While the first is the haat local border market initiative by the governments of Bangladesh and India aimed at recapturing the once thriving economic and cultural relationships including reduction in smuggling. The report says that surveys done for this study confirm significant increase in incomes of vendors in both Bangladesh and India and growth in livelihoods opportunities for women and marginalised workers.
Traditionally, states see the diaspora at best, as an instrument of long distance nationalism, and at worst, as a source of internal conflict. Yet, migrants who define themselves as South Asians in North America transcend subnational and national borders in the name of a pan-regional identity. This article, based on ethnographic fieldwork combined with an analysis of digital networks, explores the construction and the limits of the South Asian category, identity and ideology in North America. More than a mere census category or point of geographic origin, this label has recently become an identity marker, claimed by certain members of the diaspora themselves.