Asian Americans are the fastest-growing racial or ethnic group in the United States. And people of Indian descent make up the largest part of America’s South Asian diaspora, which includes Bangladeshi, Nepalis, Pakistanis, Sri Lankans, and people from Bhutan and the Maldives. With such a diverse community, defining what it means to be a South Asian American can be complex. This week, guest host Sayu Bhojwani dives into that complexity, exploring identity, history, political representation, and a pressing issue for the South Asian diaspora: caste discrimination.
Featured Guests are Bakirathi Mani, professor and co-director of Asian American Studies at Swarthmore College; Sonia Paul, freelance journalist; Thenmozhi Soundararajan, founder of the Dalit Civil Rights Organization Equality Labs; and
Yashica Dutt, anti-caste advocate, journalist, and author.
Read the transcript here.