Punjabi Sikh-Mexican American community fading into history

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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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Profoundly Moved: Candice’s Artistic Journey: Discovering the Sari

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“At the show people told me that I looked like a piece of art work and that the cloth I wore was the most beautiful they had ever seen. In fact, I was hugged more there by people than I had been in years. It was as if they were thanking me for wearing a sari. For three days I was lucky enough to don a sari, but on the last day, I wore Western clothes and what a world of difference that made! Conversations that had been respectful, enlightening and even surreal, degraded to school-boy banter about breasts. People even evinced surprise that I was a sculptor; I was no longer the worthy creator of my own work! I felt naked. I felt dethroned.” -Candice Raquel Lee

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Raja Fenske (aka RJ Fenske) (Indian/German-Norwegian).

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Raja Fenske (aka RJ Fenske) (Indian/German-Norwegian) [American]

 

Known as: TV & Film Actor

 

TV: “Unfabulous”, “Boomtown”, “24”, “CSI:Miami”

 

Film: “Peep World”, “Injustice”, “Days of Wrath”, “Spelling Bee”
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Velina Hasu Houston (Japanese, Blackfoot Pikuni Native American Indian, and African American)

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Velina Hasu Houston (Japanese, Blackfoot Pikuni Native American Indian, and African American) [American]

 

Known as: Award winning playwright, essayist, poet, author, editor, and screenwriter (Plays: “Tea”, “Asa Ga Kimashita”, “Kokoro”, “The Matsuyama Mirror”, “Hula Heart”, “Ikebana (Living Flowers)”, “Shedding the Tiger”, “Waiting for Tadashi”)

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Vashtie Kola (East Indian/Afro-Trinidadian)…

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Vashtie Kola (East Indian/Afro-Trinidadian) [American]

 

Known as: Video director, artist, party promoter, designer (Creator of the VIOLETTE clothing line; Director of Creative Services at Island Def Jam in 2006; Created the iconic “1992” & “ICON” parties)

 

Music Videos Directed: Justin Bieber’s “One Time”, Solange’s “T.O.N.Y.”, “US Placers, “KiD CuDi’s “Heaven At Nite”, Jadakiss’ “Letter to B.I.G.”
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Native Appropriations: You Heap Fine Valentine, and HOW.

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The Stanford “Indian”: Then and Now

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“We acknowledge that such imagery was not meant to be offensive when adopted. However, these images perpetuate stereotypes, are hurtful and offensive to American Indians and others, and are particularly inappropriate and insensitive in light of the history of forced assimilation that American Indian people have endured in this country.”
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Complicating the 2010 US Census Native Data

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“The lead headline for the census press release is “2010 Census Shows Nearly Half of American Indians and Alaska Natives Report Multiple Races.” I already, right there, see that as problematic, wrought with assumptions, and loaded with colonial underpinnings. But we all know I think that about most things. ha.   To “over-sensitive” and “easily offended” me, the headline is a commentary on the “realness” of the American Indian population, loaded with western/colonial conceptions of blood quantum and racial purity as markers for belonging and identity. This, to me, screams “Real Indians are disappearing!!!”. But since we have been “disappearing” for 500 years, despite our growing population numbers, I guess I shouldn’t be surprised. The real number is 44% identify as more than one race, which is different to me than “nearly half”. They could have just as easily said “56% of AI/AN population identifies solely as Native!” which tells a very different story. The majority of our peeps still identify as only AI or AN. We are not disappearing.”
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My Experience on the Indian-Negro Color Line

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“Classroom discussions about race motivated me, at the age of 46, to reclaim my Indian ancestry by having my birth certificate changed from “Negro” to “American Indian.” The experience was emotionally overwhelming as I had been denied my birthright as an E. Pequot-Nottoway. Changing my birth certificate was not because I was ashamed of my multiracial identity; it was an affirmation of my survival as an Indian and an act of self-determination in a country that has gone so far to erase my ancestry from history.”
Via indiancountrytodaymedianetwork.com

Navi Rawat – Daily Multiracial

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(Indian/German) [American]   Known as: TV & Film Actress   TV: “Numb3rs”, “The O.C.”, “24”, “Burn Notice”   Movies: “House of Sand and Fog”, “Feast”, “Thoughtcrimes”
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