I had the pleasant opportunity this week to work with the folks at The Mash-Up Americans, a website and podcast that discusses the experiences of multi-identity Americans. Head over to their site to find out about the 11 things you wanted to know about Sikh turbans.
A colleague spotted a Sikh character on the television comedy “Back in the Game,” a new show on ABC about a woman who returns home to live with her father and ends up coaching her son’s little league baseball team. The character was a Sikh boy in a full turban who is a player on the team. According to the Internet Movie Database, the character is named Parvu Singh and is played by actor Sepehr Pazoki. He has only appeared […]
On the television show Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell (airing on the FXX network), Hari Kondabolu discusses the TSA’s Pre-Check program, which — for an $85 dollar fee — allows pre-screened enrollees to receive an expedited inspection process at selected airports across the country. Kondabolu suggests that this program does not go far enough in addressing the racial profiling experienced by many Sikh and South Asian travelers (and anecdotal evidence from several Sikhs recently suggests that racial profiling has […]
ATLANTIC CITY, NJ — After New York’s Nina Davuluri became the first Indian American to win the title of Miss America, racist tweets surfaced on Internet social media sites on Sunday, catching news outlets across the country by surprise. “Was there a terrorist attack or something?” one dumbfounded news editor asked. “We have a black president and everything so I’m not sure where the hate came from after what’s-her-name won the pageant. If she was Arab or Muslim or something, […]
When I was young, one of my Saturday morning pastimes was to browse through the morning newspaper to sketch turbans, mustaches and beards on to the photos in the comics, stories and advertisements (if the poorly designed logo for this blog is any indication, it clearly still is a hobby), providing our newspaper with a more Sikh-related flavor. I would only vandalize our paper after my father had finished reading it, of course. Today, as newspapers are disappearing, perhaps this […]
Sikh delegates at the Democratic National Convention are certainly getting noticed. Host Jon Stewart of the Comedy Central TV show “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” identifies the Sikhs in a segment that aired in last night’s episode: You can view “The Daily Show” segment here. Stephen Colbert, of the same network, also makes a mention on his show “The Colbert Report“: Click here to view Stephen Colbert’s segment. (More thanks to Karaminder Ghuman for the tips.)