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After months of campaigning by immigrant and LGBTQ rights groups, Nicoll Hernández-Polanco was freed from her detention by ICE. Her story, written by Kris Hayashi of the Transgender Law Center, is a story of a young woman who escaped the broken immigration system, and how she was criminalized and psychologically tortured simply for being young and transgender.  

Kris Hayashi | April 29, 2015 - 11:41am


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Mia Nakano LGBTQ | June 29, 2014 - 4:16pm

Delhi's World Book Fair

My visit to the World Book Fair in Delhi, which had a bewildering number and variety of vendors.

'We Are The Works In Progress': Blonde Redhead's Kazu Makino and the Japan Benefit Album

Blonde Redhead's Kazu Makino talks about the Japan nuclear disaster, her benefit album We Are The Works In Progress, spooky Tokyo, making music, and being a work in progress herself.

The Yoga Debate: An Existentially Challenged Desi Chimes In

The debate around the New York Times magazine article "How Yoga Can Wreck Your Body," and the life-changing revelations it prompted.

The Department of Homeland Security Sued over Unlawful Detentions

The National Immigrant Justice Center (NIJC) has filed a lawsuit against the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) for unlawfully detaining individuals when there's no evidence of illegal activities under its Secure Communities Program.

H.R. 963: The 'See a Minority, Report a Terrorist' Act of 2011?

The US House of Representatives Judiciary Committee approves The See Something, Say Something Act of 2011, which could encourage further racial profiling.

Mother Jones Falls Short with 'My Summer at an Indian Call Center'

Hyphen examines the limitations of Mother Jones' recent article "My Summer at an Indian Call Center," which offers a simplified and at times contradictory critique of the current system of globalization.

Channel 4 Releases Documentary 'Sri Lanka's Killing Fields'

The film Sri Lanka's Killing Fields premiered at the United Nations Human Rights Council on June 3, documenting the end of a quarter century of civil war in 2009 between the Sri Lankan government and the Tamil separatist group Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE).

10 Facts About Indian Americans

Everything you need to know about desis in America (according to Bollywood and Hollywood films)...

'The Reluctant Fundamentalist': The Assimilation Narrative Goes International


On 9/11, within minutes of the attacks, four men chased after a Sikh man who had escaped from the towers and now had to escape once more for his life...[;] in Los Angeles, on September 13, 2001, an Iranian woman was punched in the eye by another woman who wanted to register her displeasure at those who look like terrorists; on September 15, 2001, in Tulsa, Oklahoma, when Kimberly Lowe, a Creek Native American, stopped her car to confront a group of white males who had yelled, ‘‘Go back to your own country,’’ they pinned her down and drove over her till she died.

-Vijay Prashad, How Hindus Became Jews: American Racism after 9/11

This was the environment in which Mohsin Hamid's novel, The Reluctant Fundamentalist, was released. The narrator, Changez, is a New York investment banker who, post-9/11, becomes disillusioned with his life and returns to Pakistan. Yet strangely enough, his leaving has little to do with the aftermath described above.

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