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The other night, I was walking in downtown San Francisco after a work event near two other pedestrians, two men probably in their mid twenty’s.   I could overhear parts of their conversation when one of them said, “I hate technology.  I forwarded the email to her, and then she posted it on …….”.   It seemed to be a discussion about singles, dating, and technology and the first thing I thought about was, of course, Aziz Ansari!

On September 7, 2013, I attended a comedy show of acclaimed comedian and Parks and Recreation star Aziz Ansari at the Victoria Theater in Dayton, Ohio.   The evening started out with a funny bit where Ansari allows the audience to take a picture of him on stage, a practice that had just previously been announced as prohibited.   Ansari wondered why fans were so eager for a picture that would inevitably be blurry and sure enough here’s my requisite blurred photo. (more…)

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As we hit the summer of 2013, it dawned on me this is the 20th anniversary of a national conference I helped organize in the summer of 1993.  The National Asian Indian Sammelan in Dayton, Ohio was a conference for young Asian Indian American adults, mostly age 18-34, exploring professional, personal, and life issues that this coming of age group was beginning to face.   Generally, the audience of this conference was second generation Americans, whose parents had immigrated to the US in the 1960’s and 1970’s.   This group was often the first set of young Asian Indian Americans who had been born and raised in the US, were recent high school or college graduates, and were beginning to face critical decisions such as career choice and marriage options. (more…)

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