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How did May become APIA Heritage Month?

This May, while attacks against Asian Americans are on the rise, we might ask how May became Asian Pacific Islander Heritage Month? There are good reasons for that and a great story behind it. The reasons have to do with … Continue reading

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What does APIDA mean?

This year’s Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, which begins May 1, continues to evolve. There are at least three factors changing the month, first recognized as Asian Pacific American Heritage Month in 1990. It had previously been just … Continue reading

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Is Holi religious, cultural or just colorful fun?

Holi has elements of culture, religion, and some enjoy it just for the color runs or to post on Instagram photo of people throwing — or wearing — handfuls of colorful powder. It is photogenic, to be sure. Hindus and … Continue reading

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Diwali, Kamala Harris’ election coincide

Diwali, the Indian festival of lights celebrated this month, receives some extra attention because Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris, who won this month, is of Indian and Jamaican descent. The festival is celebrated in Hinduism, Buddhism, Sikhism and Jainism, ancient religions … Continue reading

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Navajos helped flip Arizona

The Navajo Nation, which figured prominently in President-Elect Joe Biden’s win in the swing state of Arizona, illustrates three top issues in Election 2020. One issue is access to the vote. Many tribal members lack the physical address they need … Continue reading

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CBS, CNN expanding race coverage

CNN this week announced it will expand and advance its coverage of race in America. In a memo to staff on Monday, CNN president Jeff Zucker wrote, “There are structural changes and investments we can and will make to better … Continue reading

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What is Native American tribal sovereignty?

A U.S. Supreme Court decision today reaffirmed the sovereignty of tribal land covering a large part of eastern Oklahoma. Indian Country Today reported “The decision was hailed as a win for tribal sovereignty but also raised questions about its potential … Continue reading

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Alabama’s ban on yoga in public schools challenged

Alabama in 1993 barred public schools yoga in public schools along with other practices such as “meditation” and “guided imagery,” under a general prohibition of the use of “hypnosis and dissociative mental states.” The 27-year-old ban is being challenged by … Continue reading

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Steak lover Trump a culinary challenge for India

President Donald Trump’s recent visit to India offered a lesson on Indian diets The menu featured items that puzzled Twitter-using Indians, such as “broccoli and corn samosa.” Samosa is a traditional Indian pastry usually filled with fried potatoes. Corn and … Continue reading

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Turbans, hijabs, beards to be allowed by U.S. Air Force

The U.S. Air Force is preparing to implement an approval process for Sikhs and Muslims to wear their articles of faith. CNN reports that new guidelines will in most cases allow turbans, hijabs, beards, and unshorn hair that is “neat … Continue reading

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