LOS ANGELES, CA (February 25, 2016) – The Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles (IFFLA) announced today its 2016 lineup of narrative and documentary features, short films, and galas for its 14th annual festival. Opening the festival on April 6 is the U.S. premiere of the ensemble powerhouse ANGRY INDIAN GODDESSES, from filmmaker and four-time IFFLA alum Pan Nalin. Anu Menon’s poignant WAITING, starring Naseeruddin Shah and Kalki Koechlin, closes the festival with its North American premiere on April 10. Gala tickets and passes are now available at www.indianfilmfestival.org. Tickets for individual films will go on sale on March 18, 2016.Details
ORLANDO, Fla.–Filial piety has been part of the Chinese tradition for centuries, but would it have changed after the Chinese immigrated oversea? Are there any differences in practicing and reflecting filial piety? Are there cultural conflicts in American society?
According to the United States Census Bureau, the Chinese immigrants population in the U.S. has increased from nearly 400,000 in 1980 to over 2 million in 2013. Forty percent of them entered the U.S. after 2000.Details
Sureshbhai Patel went for a walk in Huntsville, Alabama. He ended up paralysed, beaten up not by muggers or hoodlums but by the city’s own policemen. The story caused an international furore. A 57-year-old grandfather thrown down face first by the police because he spoke no English. Officer Eric Parker was arrested and charged with use of “excessive force”. The Governor of Alabama, Robert Bentley, personally apologized to India and in a letter addressed to the Consul-General in Atlanta hoped that “Mr. Patel will regain full use of his legs” and assured the Indian government as well as Indians living and working in the state that “we will see that justice is done”.Details
A question: What are we Asian Americans to do in the heated climate of China-bashing? Some of our reactions may be: Great! I’ll join it! That’s understandable, for the Chinese government had done terrible things and some of us are here to escape from those things, even to seek redress. Tibetan Americans and Chinese Americans who had been persecuted are prime examples.Details
Activists in Vietnam have tried to step up their campaign against this week’s visit by the Chinese leader Xi Jinping, accusing China of aggression in the disputed waters of the South China Sea and of trying to meddle in Vietnamese politics.
Some 1,700 people have put their names to an online petition demanding that the Vietnamese government drop its invitation to Mr Xi.
A small group of protesters also managed to walk through central Hanoi holding up placards denouncing the Chinese leader’s visit.Details
Mahesh Sharma, India’s Culture minister, and a high school in Irving, Texas have more in common than they realise. On the face of it, the two incidents appear poles apart.
Ahmed Mohamed, a fourteen-year-old freshman in a high school in Texas, was handcuffed and detained by police after he took a homemade alarm clock to school to show his engineering teacher. But another teacher thought it looked like a bomb and called the police. The boy in his NASA T-shirt was interrogated and taken to a juvenile detention centre, triggering off a huge row about Islamophobia and stereotyping.Details
WASHINGTON, D.C. (IANS) — Almost half of Asian Americans are suffering from undiagnosed type 2 diabetes (the highest among all ethnic and racial subgroups studied in the United States), mostly resulting from a sedentary lifestyle and poor eating habits, a study reveals.Details
London: A 12-year-old Indian-origin girl in the U.K. has achieved the highest possible score of 162 on a Mensa IQ test, outwitting physicists Albert Einstein and Stephen Hawking.
Lydia Sebastian from Essex has joined the one percent of all entrants to attain the highest mark in the Cattell III B paper supervised by Mensa, the society for people with high IQs.Details
The Indian government insists its big bad porn ban has been done in the name of blocking child pornography rather than as a blanket ban on adult entertainment in general.
But some of the names on the black list of 857 don’t seem to quite fit the pedophlia proscription – maturosexy.com or shemale.asia, not to mention a very not XXX-rated CollegeHumor.com and BarstoolSports. But then who is going to sit and parse the list and petition the government to unblock their matureosexy entertainment on the grounds that no children are involved? Which bureaucrat does one write to?Details
NAM/AAPI Data, News Report Last week, Jeb Bush and Carly Fiorina came under fire for their offensive comments on Asian immigrants. Bush noted in his visit to border city McAllen, TX, that the phenomenon of so-called “anchor babies” was “frankly, more related to Asian people,” while Fiorina called in Le Mars, Iowa for the urgent…Details