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Thursday, August 1 • 11:00am - 12:30pm
South Asian Representation in Pop Culture: We Can Do Better (Presented by SAJA)

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The portrayal of South Asians in television, film and music has shifted in recent years, a reckoning that has uprooted archaic notions of South Asian identity paved by characters like Apu from The Simpsons. The panelists will explore gender dynamics and cultural stereotypes, and investigate what the media is getting right and wrong and how the pop culture landscape can do better.

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Lavanya Ramanathan

Senior editor, the Highlight, Vox
Lavanya is the editor of the Highlight, Vox’s new home for longform and features. Previously, she spent 15 years as a copy editor and features reporter at The Washington Post, covering culture. A former Metpro editing fellow, she also has worked on the desks at Newsday and... Read More →
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Saloni Gajjar

Entertainment Writer
Saloni Gajjar is an entertainment and pop culture writer. She just wrapped up a stint with Mashable, where she reviewed television, conducted interviews, and wrote feature stories. She co-founded The Teal Mango, a digital publication with curated content for the South Asian diaspora... Read More →
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Akbar Ahmed

Foreign affairs reporter, HuffPost
Akbar Shahid Ahmed is a foreign affairs reporter for HuffPost. Based in Washington, D.C., he tracks Congress and government agencies, U.S. foreign policy decision-making and America's national conversation on global affairs. He's reported from across the Muslim-majority world and... Read More →
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Sonia Chopra

Eater Director of Strategy, Vox Media / Eater
Sonia Chopra lives in New York City, where she works at Vox Media as Eater’s director of editorial strategy. In her current role, she leads Eater’s engagement and operations teams and serves as an editorial lead and co-executive producer on Vox Media’s first broadcast... Read More →

Thursday August 1, 2019 11:00am - 12:30pm EDT
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