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Sandip Roy

Tareq Salahi and the New Age of Party Crashing

By Sandip Roy, Nov 30, 2009 5:45 PM

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Tareq Salahi might not be South Asian. But he was following in the footsteps of a fine desi tradition – crashing big parties, especially ones involving food.

In a gray recession, with one out of eight Americans on food stamps, their crash landing into the first official state banquet for a visiting leader, is strangely in keeping with an almost forgotten slogan of “yes we can.”

The economy might be down, but yes we can still crash the party for the Indian prime minister.


Frances Kai-Hwa Wang

The Sunday after Thanksgiving: The post-holiday debriefing

By Frances Kai-Hwa Wang, Nov 30, 2009 9:52 AM

The Sunday after Thanksgiving: The day we pack up, gratefully drive back to our own home in our own town with our own way of doing things, and are stuck in the car together for hours and have no choice but to talk to each other. It is a time to reflect on the (peculiar) people we met and the (wacky) things that happened, and it is a chance to talk to the kids about what is really important to us as a family. I call it the post-holiday debriefing (and I recommend this in my Multicultural Toolbox workshops as one strategy for combating racism and intolerance in the extended family).

Sandip Roy

Mr. Singh Goes to Washington (And Gets Prawn Curry)

By Sandip Roy, Nov 25, 2009 2:16 PM

The front page of the New York Times is telling. The photograph shows President Obama and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh toasting each other in Washington DC. The story is on page A22.
Singh’s visit to Washington DC, the first state dinner of the Obama presidency was large on symbols, short on anything truly substantive. As one commentator put it in – “where’s the beef?”

It was missing, as might be expected in a state dinner for a Prime Minister from a Hindu majority country. The actual menu avoided meat altogether, opting for a prawn curry.

M. Junaid Levesque-Alam

Islam, abortion, and the Stupak Amendment

By M. Junaid Levesque-Alam, Nov 25, 2009 10:09 AM

Editor's note: M. Junaid Levesque-Alam, 26, writes about America and Islam at his website, Crossing the Crescent, and for WireTap Magazine, where he is also the immigration blogger. He has also been published in Colorlines, ZMagazine, and The Nation's website.

The national health care debate has taken on crystalline characteristics, refracting the light of American political tensions in a dozen different directions. Partisans of class, race, and immigration politics have been galvanized by myriad issues—real or imagined—raised by the prospect of reform. To that loaded list we can now add gender: the House passage of the Stupak Amendment, which imposes strict requirements on abortions offered through a proposed government-run and subsidized insurance, has rankled feminists and buoyed anti-abortion advocates.

Opposition to abortion is a well-known tenet of the Catholic Church, which has 46 million adult adherents in the U.S.—the country’s largest religious minority. But what about the religious stance held by one of the country’s smallest religious minorities—Muslims?

Dana Levine

Levine Family Perfect Turkey

By Dana Levine, Nov 25, 2009 9:55 AM

Editor's note: Dana Levine is a member of NAM's marketing team.  Her turkey is a NAMily favorite.

With my father living 500 miles away, it sometimes makes holidays difficult.  So for the past 4 years my sister and I have kept the tradition going by spending it together. Waking up early to prepare the turkey and stuffing, and getting our kids involved, reminds me of home. My father used to wake us up early on Thanksgiving morning to help crush the corn flakes and cut the vegetables--he always involved us in any meal he was preparing.

I love this recipe and so will you…

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