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South Asia reacts to Trump’s victory

We twitter chatted with journalists from India, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh to get a feel for how the world is reacting to Trump's victory.
Nov 9, 2016
Dozens of small plastic candles sit on a display at the Festival of Lights Diwali celebration at the Seattle Center Armory in 2014. (Lindsey Wasson / The Seattle Times)

Hey Seattle, get in the Diwali spirit!

With a growing South Asian population, is Seattle behind the curve in public celebration of Diwali?
Nov 3, 2016
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5 Hindi words I wish we had in English

Have you ever wondered how "namaste" is really used in India?
Oct 12, 2016
Old and new: Construction rises behind the second oldest museum in South India. Multi-story buildings, once absent in Bangalore, are springing up throughout the city. (Photo by Kate Clark)

What Seattle can learn from the Bangalore tech boom

Take every Seattle problem, multiply it by 10, add seven million people and a spoonful of corruption, and you’ll get a sense of what Bangalore is dealing with.
Aug 18, 2016
"What's Done is Done" is a Bollywood take on Shakespeare. (Courtesy Photo.)

“What’s Done is Done” blends Bollywood with Shakespeare in touring show

Unique spin on "Macbeth" aims to appeal to audiences beyond Seattle's South Asian diaspora.
Jul 28, 2016
Activist Morup Namgyal (left) and filmmaker Erik Koto (right) spent six years together capturing a cultural revival moment in India. (Photo courtesy of Erik Koto)

Film “The Song Collector” shows a lost Buddhist culture’s revival in India

How does Ladakhi culture, dying Buddhist tradition in Northern India revive itself? The story lies in legendary preservation activist Morup Namgyal.
Jun 4, 2016
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Redmond Indian clothing co. takes on challenges of cross-cultural fashion

The owner of Ravishing Marketplace hopes her original designs can bring Indian clothing styles into the mainstream.
Mar 11, 2016
Rolling rebellion sparks in Seattle to defend Internet and stop the Trans-Pacific Partnership. (Photo by Rick Barry/Broken Shade Photo, republished under Creative Commons license, BY 2.0)

Are Facebook’s Free Basics for the developing world as great as they sound?

A recent ban in India on Facebook's Free Basics and similar services has reignited dialogue on net neutrality and Internet access equity.
Feb 29, 2016
Sandhiya van den Eikjhof immigrated from Kerala, India to Chicago in 2002 at age 17 when her mother got a job in the United States. (Photo courtesy Sandhiya van den Eijkhof.)

A first day in the U.S. with birthday cake

There was a chocolate cake awaiting Sandhya van den Eijkhof in their new Chicago apartment on the other side of a long immigration line.
Jan 1, 2016
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Connecting the movements for Dalit and Black lives

When a Dalit delegation visited Seattle to raise awareness of caste apartheid in India, they found intersections with the fight for Black lives in the U.S.
Oct 22, 2015
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Tasveer’s 10th film festival brings South Asian geopolitics home

Six films to watch at the Seattle South Asian Film Festival explore complex issues of "#ComingHome" in the South Asian diaspora.
Oct 12, 2015
Nobel Peace Prize laureate Malala Yousafzai (center) sits with girls inside a classroom at a school for Syrian refugee girls, built by the NGO Kayany Foundation, in Lebanon's Bekaa Valley on July 12th. (Photo from Reuters / Jamal Saidi)

10 ways to maximize global girls’ education

How organizations working on global girls' education can get beyond oversimplified "one girl at a time" messaging.
Jul 14, 2015
Eeshan Tripathi, Dhruv Lohumi, Adam Dow, and Preeti Singh of Improv Comedy Mumbai — the first improv troop in India. The Mumbai crew was started by Dow and is in Seattle this month for a string of special performances. (Photo by Alex Stonehill)

India’s first improv troop seeks laughs in Seattle

Improv Comedy Mumbai, a group founded by Seattle native Adam Dow, is in town this week for "Bollywood themed" improv performances.
Jul 3, 2015
Rebecca Peacock in Seattle with her daughter Trisha. Both mother and daughter were adopted from India. (Courtesy Photo)

Finding my daughter, and my roots, in India

I was always torn about searching for my birth mother in India. Instead I went there to become a mother myself.
Apr 22, 2015
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‘Desert Dancer’ film’s Western bias denies audiences a more accurate view of Iran

Do "Desert Dancer" producers equate "positive" with depicting Iranians as Westerners?
Apr 17, 2015
Mukesh Singh, convicted and sentenced to death for the 2012 gang rape of a woman in New Delhi, in a still from the BBC film "India's Daughter."

Ten things I will have to do before I watch the BBC film on the Indian rapist

A prison interview with Indian rapist Mukesh Singh has sparked controversy around the globe. Here's why I'm in no hurry to click the link.
Mar 5, 2015
Eco Kargha weaver Poonam Devi prepares bobbins of silk thread, January 2013.

Upaya helps India’s ultra poor get higher-paying jobs

Extreme poverty is an unavoidable reality in India. The first time I traveled in the country — as an inexperienced and idealistic 20-year-old backpacker — I was shocked by the families living on the street, the children begging for food, the old women breaking rocks on the side of the road. I wondered what could […]
Dec 12, 2014
The author, Sweta Saraogi, practices yoga at a temple India. (Courtesy photo)

Is yoga really for everyone?

What Americans are missing by only focusing on the physical aspects of yoga.
Dec 9, 2014
Nomadness travelers in Pushkar, India earlier this year. (Photo courtesy of Nomadness)

Nomadness: The new tribe changing the face of travel

Meet Evita Robinson, the woman behind the movement shattering the myth that people of color don’t travel.
Dec 4, 2014
Yoga instructor Sweta Saraogi shows one of her moves in the yoga studio she teaches out of in her condo in Seattle. (Photo by Ellen M. Banner / The Seattle Times)

The Seattle yoga scene’s diversity problem

"That’s the face of yoga: a thin, white, blonde American teacher who can do crazy pretzel moves and pass for a super model.”
Nov 28, 2014