Does It Matter That Purvi Patel’s Baby Was Mixed-Race?

by Sharon H. Chang

In February/March of this year Purvi Patel, a 33-year-old Indian-American woman, became the first woman in the U.S. to be charged, convicted and sentenced for feticide and child neglect over the loss of her late-term fetus.

It started with barely a hunch. I read, “resulted from…relationship with a married co-worker,” “didn’t want her conservative Hindu parents to know,” “shouldn’t have sex outside of marriage,” and a light bulb was dimly lit in my mind. I reflected on those words and in them I saw boundaries, boundary-crossing: (cis)female/male, married/unmarried, Hindu/non-Hindu, proper/improper, faith/fear, expectation/defiance. The light bulb grew brighter; an unformed contemplation sat vaguely in the corner. Then other details emerged: immigrant/American, authority/subordinate, empowered/disempowered, justice/injustice. The light bulb grew even brighter, illuminating an idea that stood up and stepped forward out of shadow.

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Powerful article. Thank you for sharing Sharon!

Shadeism [VIDEO]

“This short TV documentary is an introduction to the issue of shadeism, the discrimination that exists between the lighter-skinned and darker-skinned members of the same community. This documentary short looks specifically at how it affects young womyn within the African, Caribbean, and South Asian diasporas. Through the eyes and words of 5 young womyn and 1 little girl – all females of colour – the film takes us into the thoughts and experiences of each. Overall, ‘Shadeism’ explores where shadeism comes from, how it directly affects us as womyn of colour, and ultimately, begins to explore how we can move forward through dialogue and discussion.” -unique5589


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California Attorney General Kamala Harris to Announce Bid for U.S. Senate on Tuesday



California Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris will announce Tuesday that she is running for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Barbara Boxer, according to a Harris advisor.

“She’s not testing the waters. She’s charting the course. She’s in with both feet,” said the source who requested anonymity while discussing Harris’ plans.
The move comes as California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom announced Monday that he would not run for the seat, averting an ugly battle between two Democrats who share many of the same supporters, have national profiles, are both from the Bay Area and are popular with the liberal wing of the party.
Harris, 50, who is in her second term as attorney general, previously served as the district attorney of San Francisco. She is the first candidate to officially declare. Boxer announced last week that she would not seek reelection in 2016, setting off a scramble among Democrats who have not seen an open U.S. Senate seat since 1992.
Former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and billionaire environmental activist Tom Steyer are seriously considering bids, as are several members of Congress.
article by Seema Mehta via


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Kamala’s heritage is (Indian/Jamaican) [American]


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Going Multiracial -Rinku Sen

Rinku Sen
Rinku Sen

The demands of the March on Washington weren’t about reshuffling the racial order; they repudiated racial hierarchy: — Rinku Sen (@racialjustice) August 26, 2013

“If our goal is indeed to take the racial order apart rather than just to make it work for one group or another, everyone with a stake in the American race debate has to be engaged.” -Rinku Sen

Punjabi Sikh-Mexican American community fading into history

Anti-immigration laws, coupled with shared cultural values, brought this community to life. Almost 100 years later, the community is now retiring to the history books.

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Mississippi Masala Movie Review (1992) | Roger Ebert

The director Mira Nair made an unexpected discovery a few years ago: A lot of the independent motels in the Deep South are owned and operated by Asian Indians.

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July Flashback: Dan Nainan (Indian/Japanese) [American]

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Known as: Comedian (Appeared in first season of “Last Comic Standing” and the “PC Innovation Lab” Apple ad; Performed at the 2008 Democratic National Convention and the 2009 TED Conference)

Videos: Performing at the Seattle Moore Theater

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Lisa Ray (Indian/Polish) [Canadian]

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Known as: Actress, Model, Host, Philanthropist and Social Activist (Modeled for/in Elle India, M, Harper’s Bazaar, Time India, People India, Vogue India, City Life, More Magazine)

Movies: “Water”, “Bollywood/Hollywood”, “Cooking With Stella”, “Kasoor”, “Patch Town”, “Killer Killer Faster Faster”, “All Hat”, “A Stone’s Throw”, “The World Unseen”, “I Can’t Think Straight”

TV: “Top Chef Canada”, “Endgame”, “Oh My Gold”, “The Hour”, “Psych”, “The Summit”, “Murdoch Mysteries”, “Blood Ties”

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