360° Coverage : New Miss America puts Indian-American community into spotlight

2 Updates
New Miss America puts Indian-American community into spotlight
Photo Credit: Pascal Le Segretain, Getty Images

New Miss America puts Indian-American community into spotlight

Sep 18 2013, 3:06am CDT | by IANS

Washington, Sep 18 (IANS) As hateful racial tweets greeting newly crowned Miss America Nina Davuluri, put the Indian-American community into the spotlight, the first woman of Indian descent to win the title herself was unfazed.

Washington, Sep 18 — As hateful racial tweets greeting newly crowned Miss America Nina Davuluri, put the Indian-American community into the spotlight, the first woman of Indian descent to win the...

Filed under: news

YouTube Videos

 
 
 

1 year ago

New Miss America puts Indian-American community into spotlight

Sep 18 2013, 3:06am CDT | by IANS

Washington, Sep 18 (IANS) As hateful racial tweets greeting newly crowned Miss America Nina Davuluri, put the Indian-American community into the spotlight, the first woman of Indian descent to win the title herself was unfazed.

Washington, Sep 18 — As hateful racial tweets greeting newly crowned Miss America Nina Davuluri, put the Indian-American community into the spotlight, the first woman of Indian descent to win the title herself was unfazed.

"I always viewed myself as first and foremost American," the 24-year-old Miss New York said telling ABC's "Good Morning America", during a live video appearance "I'm just really so honoured."

Noting that it's the second year in a row that Miss America has hailed from New York, the New York Daily News said "Davuluri can count on plenty of support from the Empire State".

Reacting to the barrage of tweets disparaging the beauty queen's ethnic heritage and questioning whether her Indian background makes her less "American", Washington think tank Pew Research Centre took note of the community's growing influence.

The Indian American community, now numbering more than 3 million, has notably high rates of education, it pointed out.

According to the American Community Survey, seven-in-ten Indian Americans ages 25 and older have a college degree, compared with 28 percent of the general population.

A Pew Research Centre survey of Asian Americans conducted in 2012 also found that few Indian Americans (10 percent) say discrimination against their community is a major problem. Nearly half (48 percent) see discrimination as a minor problem, while 38 percent say it is not a problem at all.

"Indian-American women are going mainstream -- from Monday Night Football to Pepsi's CEO. And now, Miss America herself, Nina Davuluri," quipped Tampa, Florida's FOX 13.

Noting that the 2014 International Indian Film Academy Awards event in Tampa "promises to draw in at least 30,000 Indians and $50 million into the local economy", it said: "That's plenty of reason to celebrate what Indian culture is doing here at home and on the national stage."

Roxanne Jones, a founding editor of ESPN, penned a letter on CNN to "Dear Miss America" thanking her "for reminding us what classic American beauty looks like today".

"For the rest of America -- in case any of you have been sleeping for, say, the past two decades, or clinging to out-of-touch fashion magazines -- here's an alert: Beauty is Serena Williams and Michelle Obama. Beauty is Angelina Jolie and Marissa Mayer."

"And yes, beauty is Nina Davuluri, Miss America 2014," she wrote.

Sandip Roy, culture editor, Firstpost.com told upset Indians in a blog post "Nina Davuluri's Story Is an American Story, Not an Indian One".

"It's understandable we may all want to bask in her newly crowned glory," but "The storm in a Twitter tea-cup is in fact about some Americans having a problem with her all-American-ness."

"Her becoming Miss America represents a reality about their country that they are not willing to accept. It is really not India's problem," he wrote.

(Arun Kumar can be contacted at arun.kumar@ians.in)

IANS

Source: IANS

 
Update
2

5 weeks ago

7 Fall Bags for Work and the Weekend

Sep 21 2014 11:00pm CDT | Source: Capitol File Magazine

Looking for your next 24/7 handbag? Take your pick from these fall carryalls (or get one for every day of the week); they're structured for the office, but fun enough to carry all weekend.  Croc-embossed medium Antigona duffel, Givenchy ($2,550). barneys.com Your coworkers might gape at this exquisitely structured handbag made from slate gray embossed leather, but that doesn't mean you shouldn't carry it to and from the office—and all weekend. Jack ...
Source: Capitol File Magazine   Full article at: Capitol File Magazine
 

 

Don't miss ...

 

blog comments powered by Disqus

Latest stories

Indian appointed to UN peacekeeping panel
United Nations, Nov 1 (IANS) UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon has appointed Abhijit Guha, a retired Indian Army Lieutenant General, to a high-level panel to assess UN peace operations.
 
 
US, EU to meet Iran over nuke talks
Washington, Nov 1 (IANS) US Secretary of State John Kerry will travel to Oman early next month for meetings with his Iranian and EU counterparts to push for a comprehensive deal over Tehran's nuclear programme by Nov 24, the State Department said Friday.
 
 
1.26 mn uprooted Iraqis need shelter: UN
United Nations, Nov 1 (IANS) The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said that some 1.26 million internally displaced people (IDPs) throughout Iraq need shelter and basic supplies, UN spokesperson Stephane Dujarric said Friday.
 
 
Canada suspends issuance of visas to Ebola-hit African countries
Ottawa, Nov 1 (IANS) Canada has suspended issuance of visas to residents of West African countries with "widespread and persistent-intense transmission" of Ebola virus disease, a media report said Friday.
 
 
 

Latest from the Network

German Bundesliga standings
Berlin, Nov 1 (IANS) Following are the German Bundesliga standings after Friday's match (tabulated under matches played, won, drawn, lost, goals for, goals against, points), according to Xinhua. Bayern Munich...
Read more on Sport Balla
 
Indian appointed to UN peacekeeping panel
United Nations, Nov 1 (IANS) UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon has appointed Abhijit Guha, a retired Indian Army Lieutenant General, to a high-level panel to assess UN peace operations. Announcing the formation of the...
Read more on Politics Balla
 
Kim Kardashian wants to loose 10lb
Los Angeles, Nov 1 (IANS) Reality TV star Kim Kardashian, who shed weight after the birth of her daughter last year, is keen to loose 10lb (about 4.5 kg) more. She talked about loosing weight while talking to Grazia...
Read more on Celebrity Balla
 
US, EU to meet Iran over nuke talks
Washington, Nov 1 (IANS) US Secretary of State John Kerry will travel to Oman early next month for meetings with his Iranian and EU counterparts to push for a comprehensive deal over Tehran's nuclear programme by Nov...
Read more on Politics Balla
 
Amanda Bynes to remain under conservatorship
Amanda Bynes is set to remain under a conservatorship. A lawyer claiming to represent the 28-year-old actress, who was released from a psychiatric treatment facility in Pasadena, California on Thursday (10.30.14) after...
Read more on Celebrity Balla
 
Ben Affleck broke Jennifer Lopez's heart
Jennifer Lopez says Ben Affleck was the first guy who broke her heart. The 'Booty' hitmaker, who got divorced twice before she started dating the 'Gone Girl' actor in 2002, was completely devastated when they ended...
Read more on Celebrity Balla
 
Alicia Key's son is ready to be a big brother
Alicia Keys' son is ''so ready'' to be a big brother. The 33-year-old singer and husband Swizz Beatz are set to welcome their second child into the world on New Year's Eve (12.31.14) and says their four-year-old Egypt...
Read more on Celebrity Balla
 
UN warns of worsening food crisis in Somalia
United Nations, Nov 1 (IANS) A UN food agency Friday warned that poor rains in Somalia may worsen the country's food crisis, a spokesperson said. The Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) issued the warning that an...
Read more on Business Balla
 
1.26 mn uprooted Iraqis need shelter: UN
United Nations, Nov 1 (IANS) The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said that some 1.26 million internally displaced people (IDPs) throughout Iraq need shelter and basic supplies, UN...
Read more on Politics Balla
 
Price expects ghosts in new house
London, Nov 1 (IANS) Singer Katie Price feels that her new house is going to be full of ghosts. She recently moved into a west Sussex nine-bedroom mansion with husband Kieran Hayler and her five children. She's...
Read more on Celebrity Balla