THE RELUCTANT FUNDAMENTALIST
Check out the trailer for Mira Nair’s newest offering, The Reluctant Fundamentalist, based on the 2007 novel by Mohsin Hamid. The film stars Riz Ahmed, Liev Schreiber, Kiefer Sutherland and Kate Hudson and centers on a Pakistani man who comes to America in search of opportunity and lands a job at a prestigious Wall Street firm. He enjoys a good bit of success, only to see his whole world change after the 9/11 attacks. Suddenly treated with suspicion and growing hostility, he begins to doubt his place in the world, finding himself torn between loyalty to his motherland and devotion to the USA. The film will see limited released in the US on April 26 2013.
Check out our event Week 2 next quarter at UCSD!
CSAP Chai Talk: Analyzing the Delhi Gang Rape Case
When: Wednesday, 1/30/13 at 6pm
Where: The Zone at UC San Diego (next to Jamba Juice)
The Delhi Gang Rape incident occurred in December 2012 in the capital city of Delhi, and sparked nation-wide protests in India calling for more protection of women and harsher prosecution for rape cases. Join CSAP as we navigate what happened, reactions to the incident, how the case is symptomatic of larger structures in South Asia, and what is to be said about the portrayal of the incident by Western media sources.
As a world-renowned institution, UCSD offers its students a diverse education, and we believe it is time to add South Asian Studies to the list of disciplines in which UCSD is a global leader. Academic interest in the South Asian Subcontinent has greatly increased on college campuses in recent years, and UCSD is doing itself a disservice by lacking a program in one of the most diverse and pivotal regions of the world. As a student-initiated effort, the South Asian Studies Minor will create a platform for UCSD students to learn about the region (including, but in no way limited to, the present day nations of: India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, The Maldives, and Nepal) and it’s diasporas, in both a historical and contemporary context. The minor will provide an interdisciplinary lens to study South Asia and its impact on the world. It will give students an opportunity to develop a comprehensive knowledge of South Asia with respect to history, culture(s), religion(s), and socio-political development of the region. This minor will not only give all students a chance to gain a deeper understanding of South Asia, but will also allow South Asian students to learn about their own history in an academic setting while giving them access to a very underrepresented voice in academia. We call upon the UCSD Administration to take the necessary steps for the addition of a South Asian Studies Minor to the university’s curricula.
Human rights groups condemn execution of Rizana Nafeek, convicted of killing an infant in her care in 2005.
SEVA is a nonprofit, community based organization founded by a handful of neighbors, living in Richmond Hill, Queens, who grew increasingly outraged by the lack of information, assistance, organization, and resources in their community.
Asma Ahmed Shikoh
Pakistani artist Asma Ahmed Shikoh describes her work as an effort to depict the cultural and national identities of a developing country like Pakistan. After beginning life in New York as a Muslim immigrant, she also worked on illustrating the repercussions of colonialism on her homeland. The painting above is called “Self Portrait” by Asma, which is an image of the Statue of Liberty with typical Pakistani jewel accessories. According to Asma, this painting symbolizes “immigrants, and a new beginning.”
It looks like a newly wed Pakistani bride indeed.
This “performance” from the Philadelphia Mummers Parade may singlehandedly destroy the white race. This is SO, SO, SO RACIST that there might actually be a time-lag before people say I’m being “overly sensitive” and “politically correct.” I’m offended as a human, American, Indian & a comedian.
The woman, Erika Menendez, selected her victim because she believed him to be a Muslim or a Hindu, Richard A. Brown, the Queens district attorney, said.
In a statement, Mr. Brown quoted Ms. Menendez, “in sum and substance,” as having told the police: “I pushed a Muslim off the train tracks because I hate Hindus and Muslims ever since 2001 when they put down the twin towers I’ve been beating them up.” Ms. Menendez conflated the Muslim and Hindu faiths in her comments to the police and in her target for attack, officials said.
The victim, Sunando Sen, was born in India and, according to a roommate, was raised Hindu.