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New takes on old media

I previously discussed the burgeoning market of ethnic media, which got me thinking about different storytelling methods. Lo and behold, what I found were unique ways in which ethnic media and/or their audiences were taking steps to change news.

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Urban Desi Radio

Get ready to jive to the beat of tablas while rocking out to hard metal. That is, only if you live in the Bay Area.

Since Aug. 12, South Asians in the Silicon Valley have been able to tune into KLOK 1170 AM every Wednesday from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. for Urban Desi Radio. The show features music from around the world, with a South Asian focus, and plans for guest speakers and discussion topics on entertainment and lifestyle are in the works. Read the rest of this entry »

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Bollywood the American Way

All it took was a dash of insomnia, a long plane journey and a big helping of boredom for Jennifer Hopfinger to get hooked on the world of Bollywood.

Listening to her relate the experience of watching her first mass dance sequence, the lip-synching stylings of actor Shah Rukh Khan, or the sultry moves of actress Rani Mukerji is an out-of-body experience for me – having grown up watching Amitabh Bachchan and Brad Pitt on screen (although not together… yet!)

But while most fans would keep their obsession limited to the couch and perhaps a cup of steaming chai (maybe a bhangra lesson or two), Hopfinger turned it into a full-time project and created  The Bollywood Ticket. Watch the video and see what I mean: Read the rest of this entry »

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Jennifer Hopfinger works on her blog, The Bollywood Ticket. PHOTO BY HAMSA RAMESHA

I am proud to be South Asian because…

So I took a hike to the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, Ill. for the South Asian Carnival on Aug. 15 and Aug. 16. In light of India Independence Day and Pakistan Independence Day, I thought it’d be neat to ask people there just why they were proud to be who they are. Listen to their responses and share your own below.

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Despite Khan-troversy, Bollywood ‘Badshah’ keeps his cool

By now you may have heard the story of how Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan, also known as ‘King Khan,’ was questioned by airport security for 66 minutes (previous reports say two hours) at Newark Liberty International Airport on Friday. Khan’s name reportedly appeared on a security checklist, and he wasn’t released until after Indian diplomats intervened.

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Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan entertains the crowd during a South Asian festival at the Donald E. Stevens Convention Center in Rosemont, Ill. PHOTO BY HAMSA RAMESHA

Happy Independence Day, India

In honor of tomorrow, here’s a little something for today.

I’ll be attending the South Asian Carnival this weekend at the Rosemont Convention Center in Rosemont, Ill (also in Houston at Reliant Park this weekend). If you haven’t heard, it’s the first-ever carnival of its kind, featuring Bollywood celebs like Shah Rukh Khan and Bipasha Basu. There’s also a fashion show, wedding expo, food booths, jewelry bazaar and more!

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