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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

Bay Area Filipino newspaper reaches for the stars

In the face of today’s recession, the poor health of mainstream media, and the general decline of print outlets, one San Francisco-based newspaper is given a strong bill of health.

The FilAm Star expanded circulation on August 13, from a bimonthly to a weekly, based largely on audience demand, said the paper’s editor-in-chief, Jun Ilagan. “The complaint we have been receiving from our readers and consequently from advertisers, is we have a visibility problem,” he said. “It takes us about three days after the issue comes out to the press and we distribute to the outlets. When all those copies are gone it takes about 11 to 12 days to come out with another issue.” Read the rest of this entry »

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The San Francisco-based FilAm Star began in December 2007. It became a weekly paper Aug. 13.

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

Does a diverse nation need a diverse media?

Hamsa Ramesha by Hamsa Ramesha

We’ve all heard the doom facing mainstream media: the downfall of print, the flawed money-making model of online, and the get-it-free attitude debate over the future of print and the Web. Still, even with today’s financial woes, one part of the journalism business is poised to thrive – ethnic media.

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A new frontier for ethnic media

Hamsa Ramesha by Hamsa Ramesha

The Good: Ethnic media readership is growing

The Great: Which means ethnic media can reach more people and grow too

The Even Better: Which means more coverage of issues related to these minority groups

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2009 Naval Academy class most diverse–but not everyone is happy about it

Earlier this month, the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, swore in 1,233 freshmen. Of that number, 435 – or 35.3 percent — were an ethnic minority, a record percent for the institution. They were African-American, Hispanic and Asian-Americans, among others. All took the same pledge, to protect the same nation. Read the rest of this entry »

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