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The Fight to Be American: Indian American Political Activism

Start Date: January 19 6:30 PM
This event is open to the public

KailashNumbering around three million, Americans of Indian descent compose approximately one percent of the U.S. population. While the Indian American community has fared well in fields such as medicine, business, and technology, its political activism often has centered upon establishing its “Americanness” and fighting the Perpetual Foreigner Syndrome. Economic success—Indian Americans are one of the United States’ most-educated and highest-earning populations—has not translated to political success.

Through an examination of the American political landscape and the Indian American community, Kailash Sundaram ’15 will shed light on Indian American political activism and political figures in the 20th and 21st centuries.

Sundaram’s presentation will be followed by a guest speaker, who will address the importance of having people of color in public service. The event, to be held in Kemper Auditorium, is free and open to the public. Dessert will be served.