"Reassurance" from the series "Definitive Reincarnate," 2003/2006, belonging to the collection of Sanjay Parthasarathy and Malini Balakrishnan; © NANDINI VALLI MUTHIAH. (Photo and artwork by Nandini Valli Muthiah)

A new urban India contemplated at SAM’s ‘City Dwellers’

SAM's new exhibition “City Dwellers” sets viewers afoot in the chaos of modern India as reconciles sweeping cultural shifts with its ancient roots and values.
Sep 10, 2014
(Illustration by Kamna Shastri)

The privilege and pain of passing as white

What's it like to be perceived as a race different than the one you identify with?
Sep 3, 2014
A rickshaw painted by Bobby Solanki depicts a classic Bollywood scene featuring Amitabh Buchchan and Rekha. (Photo from Flickr by Meena Kadri)

Planet Bollywood makes its mark on the Pacific Northwest

From Facebook groups to festivals, dance parties to college courses, our region enthusiastically celebrates the global powerhouse that is Bollywood, the Indian film industry.
Aug 8, 2014

Students from the global south embrace open online courses

Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC's) are hailed as democratizing higher education, especially in the developing world. Are they living up to the hype?
Aug 6, 2014
An FN Five-seven pistol similar to that used by Nidal Malik Hasan in the 2009 Fort Hood Shooting. (Photo from Wikipedia)

Gun violence has foreign visitors fearful of US

Do foreigners still see America as the land of opportunity — or as the land of gun violence?
Jun 27, 2014

The surprising flavor of Kosher in the Northwest

Turns out the relationship between Jews and ethnic food runs deeper than just Chinese food on Christmas
Jun 5, 2014
Sanjay Bhadu, owner of Jucivana Smoothies and Coffee on Yesler Ave says even with just one employee, minimum wage hikes will threaten his business. (Photo by Senhao Liu)

Minimum wage increase has immigrant small business owners fretting

Monday’s historic city council vote unanimously approving $15/hour minimum wage was meant to reduce growing income inequality in Seattle. But one group has been particularly outspoken in opposition to the wage hike — immigrant small business owners. “I think it is unreasonable. The cost of my restaurant is rising rapidly and I nearly do not earn money now,” said […]
Jun 4, 2014
Anacortes-based group, Vela Luka Croatian Dance Ensemble, are a regular act at Folklife. Here, they perform at the annual Spring Festa in Skagit County, another one of their regular annual gigs. (Photo from www.goskagit.com)

Folklife Festival: A Memorial Day weekend from around the world

This weekend Seattle Center will transform into a microcosm of the Northwest’s prolific community of world music and arts. If you’ve ever wanted to experience the rich cultural diversity of the Pacific Northwest all in one place, this is where you will find it.
May 23, 2014
Dosa — a thin pancake made from rice and lentil batter pancake, usually filled. (Photo from Shutterstock)

Chicken tikka masala is not actually Indian! (An authentic guide to South Asian cuisine)

“You must have grown up eating chicken tikka masala.” Actually, no. I never ate it at home — because it’s not even Indian! Conceived by South Asian chefs in the UK, the beloved dish has become a funny misrepresentation of Indian food to global palates. In reality, India alone consists of 28 states with hundreds of languages and […]
May 14, 2014

Non-resident Indians in Northwest eye election with longing, concern

Way back on April 7th India went to the polls. And up until yesterday, they were still there. Divided by region into nine phases that spread over a little more than a month, India yet again set the record for the largest election in human history.
May 13, 2014
Sonora Jha, journalism professor at Seattle University, shines light on the issue of farmer suicides in India with her first novel, "Foreign." (Photo by Seth Halleran)

Sonora Jha’s “Foreign” shines light on farmer suicide in India

While Seattle has its reputation for suicides, across the globe in India, rain and gloom are hardly to blame for rising suicide rates. Last year Sonora Jha, a journalism professor at Seattle University, released her debut novel, tackling the issue of Indian farmer suicides in a fictional context.
Apr 26, 2014
The author with a baby elephant on a recent trip to India. (Photo courtesy Sudha Nandagopal)

A people-centered approach to Earth Day

As a kid growing up in Spokane, I was the one in my family who claimed the mantle of environmentalist. I was the animal enthusiast, the nature lover, the one who saved a robin chick and attempted to raise it. I grew up with a peaceful, serene and relatively tame view of nature. But my […]
Apr 22, 2014
Since 1992, Satya Nadella has brought Microsoft engineering expertise, business savvy, innovation and the ability to bring colleagues together, says Microsoft founder Bill Gates. (Photo from TechAttack.my)

India-born innovator Satya Nadella takes the helm at Microsoft

Yesterday was a historic day for Microsoft with Satya Nadella’s appointment as the company's new CEO.
Feb 5, 2014

Educate a girl. Change the world.

Sponsor Post Last year Subhasini, 15, enlisted the help of her teachers to convince her parents to let her go to school instead of getting married.
Oct 31, 2013
Seattle South Asian Film Festival founder Rita Meher. (Photo by Shikha Jain)

New crop of local South Asian filmmakers shine at Tasveer festival

Work in IT or development may pay the bills, but Seattle’s South Asian community has a growing passion for film.
Oct 11, 2013
Delaney Ruston, in the field. (Photo courtesy Hidden Pictures)

On World Mental Health Day, local film takes on global stigma

“Hidden Pictures” follows people diagnosed with mental illnesses on four continents to reveal how a shift in attitudes might improve care.
Oct 10, 2013
(Photo by Anthony Quintano via Flickr)

Top five South Asian stereotypes about the U.S. (and why they’re wrong)

Americans are all rich, white and promiscuous. At least that’s what Adnan Ali Syed thought before he came here and found out for himself. 
Sep 30, 2013
Sister Lucy Kurien on a 2011 visit to Tacoma. (Photo via Catherine Place)

Indian Nun brings fresh approach to domestic violence to Seattle

Sister Lucy Kurien, founder of a network of homes for battered women and children in India, is in the Northwest preaching her philosophy of creating intentional communities for victims of violence.
Sep 23, 2013
The author, with the scarf her mother bought her from a nonprofit for women with disabilities in Kazakhstan. (Photo by Marat Garafutdinov)

Ethical travel: How to shop for souvenirs with a conscience

Foreign travel wouldn’t be the same without a few souvenirs. But how you choose to spend abroad can have a huge impact on the place you’re visiting.
Jul 2, 2013

Archrivals abroad become fast friends in the Northwest

When people from rival nations meet in the Pacific Northwest, do their national grudges hold true?
Jun 11, 2013