The Struggles and Experiences of Asian Indian Americans.
When we speak about discrimination against people of color, we often only focus on the struggles that the African African-American and Hispanic or Latino populations face. This is understandable since they are the two largest ethnic minority groups in the United States. But what about the struggles other ethnic groups face? Don’t they get a say in the conversation about racial justice?
Asian Americans are now the fastest growing racial group in the United States , with immigrants from South Asia contributing to much of that growth. In fact Pakistanis, Bangladeshis and Indians population has nearly doubled, increasing from 14 percent in 1990 to 26 percent today. This makes it’s important to be aware of certain stereotypes and misconceptions that South Asians face so that we can promote racial equality for all. On this week’s episode, I specifically focus on the experiences of the South Asian Indian ethnic group. This topic is significant to touch on because not only is the Indian population rapidly growing in the United States, but there have also been an increase on racially driven hate crimes against Indian Americans in the recent years.
For this week’s episode, I spoke with University of Tampa student Anjali Punnoose to learn about the challenges she faces an Indian American. Anjali is not your “stereotypical” Indian, she speaks Malayalam not Hindi, practices Christianity and not Hinduism and breaks out of traditional Indian gender roles by pursuing to become a dentist. Even as an American Citizen, she has experienced racism and discriminations and gives valuable insight on what it means to navigate through society as a young Indian women. In this episode we touch on array of topics ranging from South Asian racism, intersectionality and feminism, cultural appropriation, religion and more. Each of these topics Anjali discusses offers insight on what it’s like to be Indians in a predominately “white man’s world”.