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First-Ever Iranian Studies Initiative at USC

By Rupa Dev, Nov 8, 2010 3:10 PM

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Today marks the launch of the first-ever Iranian Studies Initiative at the University of Southern California (USC). With funding from the Farhang Foundation, the Iranian studies Initiatve will offer Persian language classes to students in Fall 2011.

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Groups Condemn Recommended Suspension of UC Irvine's MSU

By Rupa Dev, Jul 27, 2010 1:45 PM

Yesterday fifteen civil rights organizations and professional bar associations from across the nation sent a letter to Chancellor Michael Drake of UC Irvine that condemned the recommended one-year suspension of the university’s Muslim Student Union. The student organization was suspended for the actions of 10 non-violent student protests.

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Big Mac Goes Korean

By Rupa Dev, Jul 20, 2010 1:00 PM

Does a Big Mac taste yummier in Korean? An over-sized Big Mac is hovering above one of Silicon Valley's main thoroughfares, attesting to the growing Korean population in the region, reports Kwang Hee Lee in the Korea Times.
- Written by Aruna Lee

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"It's Complicated"

By Rupa Dev, Oct 8, 2009 4:09 PM

It's the tapas bars I remember the most from my trip to Spain in July. Every evening, no earlier than nine pm, after the sun had set but before the nightclub doors opened, Spaniards ritualistically strolled into tapas joints to unwind together after work. Locals still suited in work attire chatted jubilantly at the bar ledge while cradling short glasses of amber-colored beer. Couples and small groups shared intimate conversation at clustered, quaint tables.

I couldn't help but observe the interactions of young people while frequenting the bars. What I saw: young people exchanging kisses on checks and affectionate hugs. Young people unafraid of engaging in intense eye contact. I watched people gaze attentively at each other throughout an entire meal, unlike the compulsive iPhone and Blackberry checking that I routinely witness here in the States. Young people seemed unabashed to be romantic and express love. Affection was celebrated, not awkward.

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Women Immigrants Speak: Songrui Liu on Julie Situ

By Rupa Dev, Aug 21, 2009 11:50 AM

Editor's note: In June 2009, NAM co-released a national poll which revealed women immigrants to be the new face of migration. In collaberation with NAM's poll, stories of immigrant women are featured on this blog. As told to NAM intern Songrui Liu, Julie Situ, an immigrant mother, recalls the adversity she faced upon immigrating in 1985. Situ, now in her 50s, cleans private homes and small companies in San Francisco for a living. Liu writes:

While making breakfast for the next day at 9:30 p.m. in the kitchen, this tenacious Chinese woman told me stories about her mother, an immigrant, in addition to her personal experience as an immigrant mother. These are memories that have been untold for a half-century.

Since I only understand Madarin, Situ, a native Cantonese speaker, communicates with me in broken Mandarin. “This is the first time that I have actually recall everything in my life," Situ shares, with a smile on her face.

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10 Questions With Filmmakers of "Default"

By Rupa Dev, Aug 10, 2009 1:00 PM

Editor's note: College is expensive. Even before the recession leveled America's economy, the rising cost of education prevented many prospective students from paying their tuition without a help. I spoke to Aurora Meneghello and Serge Bakalian, filmmakers working together on Default, a forthcoming documentary on the private sector of student loans. 

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Managing My Techxiety

By Rupa Dev, Jul 28, 2009 3:29 PM

A year ago, I lived in Chicago among the crowd of young professionals and recent graduates who populate the north side of the city. None of my friends were laid off in the early part of 2008. People didn’t start and end their day with a “tweet.” The iPhone was still an indulgent mobile luxury. The lifestyle of young adulthood in the Midwest felt leisurely and carefree.
This leisure quickly became too static for me. San Francisco, brimming with artists, entrepreneurs, writers, and activists, gleamed in contrast. 
I decided to move to San Francisco partially because I was born and raised in Cupertino and familiar with the Silicon Valley. What I didn't anticipate upon moving was how quickly a book-loving, non-techie like myself could assimilate into the overwired, tech-obsessed culture of San Francisco.

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Rupa Dev on Amita Dev

By Rupa Dev, Jul 13, 2009 1:11 PM

My mother immigrated to the United States at 23, the same age I am today. She had been married for one year when the company my father worked for asked him to relocate to the U.S. They left India, their homeland, and followed the footsteps of my father's two older sisters, both of whom had already migrated to the U.S.