a Pew poll says about our views on undocumented
immigrants The San Francisco Examiner
Published on December 28, 2016
A Pew Research Center national poll, conducted in August
2016 among 2,010 adults, revealed that 76 percent of
Americans believe undocumented immigrants are "as
hard-working and honest as U.S. citizens,"...
Fake White World India Currents Published on
December 17, 2016
On November 9th, I was overwhelmed with despair, and I
know I was not alone. Social media reflected the weight
of our collective grief....
cost of Deferred Action and cost of ending Deferred
Action The San Francisco Examiner Published on
December 14, 2016
Diana Wong, a 27-year-old San Francisco resident, came
to America with her family when she was 5 years old and
has lived here ever since. Wong's parents were
on Japanese internment, Muslim registry opens old
wounds The San Francisco Examiner Published on
November 30, 2016
Recently, I read Bay Area-born writer Julie Otsuko's
exquisitely framed novel, "The Buddha in the Attic,"
about Japanese "picture brides," in a single sitting.
(It's all of 144 pages.)...
of Refugees, Part IV: Out of Syria The San
Francisco Examiner Published on November 16, 2016
Mohanad Hussein, his young wife, Hadeel, and their
toddler Nusreen arrived in San Francisco 22 days before
I met them. "She is 18 months and two days," Hadeel said
of Refugees, Part III: Out of Syria The San
Francisco Examiner Published on November 2, 2016
My mother is a very good cook," 18-year-old Basima
said, her smile illuminating her face as she exchanged
an affectionate glance with her mother. ...
of Refugees, Part II: Out of Burma The San
Francisco Examiner Published on October 19, 2016
The Burma-Karen conflict, one of the longest running
civil wars in the world, started in 1949, soon after
Burma gained independence from the British. The Karen
people have been fighting...
You One of Those? India Currents Published on
October 14, 2016
We are republishing the editorial written by Jaya
Padmanabhan in March of 2015. This piece won First Prize
for editorial writing in the San Francisco Peninsula
Press Club's annual awards luncheon held on October 1st,
2016. Congratulations, Jaya! Late one snowy evening,
three girls and three boys were ...
of Refugees, Part I: Out of Iraq The San
Francisco Examiner Published on October 5, 2016
In the next few fortnights, this column will focus on
stories of refugees who have resettled in and around San
card holders: Become citizens and vote The San
Francisco Examiner Published on September 21, 2016
The Portsmouth Square Club House, near Chinatown, was
packed with Chinese immigrants who chanted phrases to
memorize for their upcoming citizenship test: How many
states are there?
your pen, Gov. Brown? The San Francisco Examiner
Published on September 7, 2016
On Aug. 22, one of those deceptively cold San Francisco
mornings, a group of people gathered outside 630 Sansome
St. (the offices of the Department of Homeland Security)
in parenthesis The San Francisco Examiner
Published on August 24, 2016
Late in July, I watched a disturbing and wrenching play
called "The Box" at the Z Space auditorium in the
Mission. The play was written by Sarah Shourd...
family on the other side of the border The San
Francisco Examiner Published on August 10, 2016
A reader in San Francisco recently commented on how
ironic it is that when parents leave their children
behind in the care of family members ...
Not You, It's Me Editorial, India Currents
Published on August 2, 2016
"Bullshit is everywhere. There is very little that you
will encounter in life that has not been, in some ways,
infused with bullshit." Those words formed the opening
of Jon Stewart's Daily Show exit monologue. As breakup
speeches go, Stewart's was delightfully wry and
provocative. In his ...
aren't more applying for deportation exemption?
The San Francisco Examiner Published on July 27, 2016
The Supreme Court's nondecision in June, which
effectively blocked President Barack Obama's immigration
reform plan, is, as the president put it,
"heartbreaking." The plan was designed to keep families
culture of acceptance and our color crisis The
San Francisco Examiner Published on July13, 2016
New citizens of the United States of America are sworn
in during a ceremony at the San Mateo library in June
the Best Editorial, India Currents Published
on July 2, 2016
I have lately been reading passages from Marcus
Aurelius' book The Meditations. I have a third hand copy
of this classic written by the Roman emperor Marcus
Aurelius Antoninus who recorded, judged and analyzed his
own motivations over the course of twenty years. It is a
self-examination that was most ...
Audacity of My Secularism Editorial, India
Currents Published on June 2, 2016
At a dinner recently, the conversation drifted to the
politics of religion in India. A friend, who relocated
to India about a decade ago, scoffed at the idea of
secularism. He called it "appeasement politics," a
political creed that has resulted in the marginalization
of the majority in India. Furthermore ...
and Punishment: The Eddy Zheng story The San
Francisco Examiner Published on June 1, 2016
"A good act does not wash out the bad, nor a bad act the
good. Each should have its own reward," said George R.
R. Martin in his book "A Clash of Kings."
City: Welcome victims of crime The San Francisco
Examiner Published on May 18, 2016
On KQED's "Forum" program on May 9, hosted by Michael
Krasny, San Francisco's sanctuary city ordinance was put
on the defensive. Supervisor John Avalos and San
Francisco Chronicle columnist Debra
Infinite Series of Beautiful Patterns Editorial,
India Currents Published on May 5, 2016
Without analytical bearing, poetry is a mere collection
of words set to meter. Without recognizing the exquisite
skill it takes and the knowledge it exposes, math is a
mere tedious process of proofs and calculations.
should we care about refugees? The San Francisco
Examiner Published on May 4, 2016
Common humanity. What a powerful phrase. And how it
resonates. The refugee crisis is a problem that requires
a collective as well as an individual consciousness.
unaccompanied children face deportation court hearings
The San Francisco Examiner Published on April 20,
What we need to figure out is how best, how
expeditiously and how fairly can we repatriate or
integrate undocumented unaccompanied children.
we be willing to speak more languages? The San
Francisco Examiner Published on April 6, 2016
Donald Trump recently said we have a country where to
assimilate, we speak English. He wasn't wrong, as much
as he wasn't right.
the Spelling of Gandhi Right, Please! Editorial,
India Currents Published on April 2, 2016
But, standing there in a dimly lit museum passageway in
Berlin, peering at the English massacre of Gandhi's
name, it seemed more than a sloppy error.
walls cause more human suffering The San
Francisco Examiner Published on March 23, 2016
Haven't we seen from European history what walls do and
how they divide us as people of one world?
visa holders insecure about life in the US The
San Francisco Examiner Published on March 9, 2016
You can build your life where you choose to. The
question is, and always will be this: Where do you think
you belong? Where's home?"
the Race Card, People! Editorial, India Currents
Published on March 1, 2016
When Meryl Streep announced that after all, we're all
from Africa, in response to the lack of color in the
Oscar nominating panel, she was being completely
accurate, but not entirely truthful. When it comes to
questions of race, the best strategy often is to
quibble, split hairs or...
prevents green card holders from becoming citizens
The San Francisco Examiner Published on February 24,
The notion of a country inviting immigrants to become
citizens is a riveting one. It's the idea of acceptance
from battery The San Francisco Examiner
Published on February 9, 2016
How often have we heard about our immigration system
being broken? President Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton,
Ted Cruz and John Boehner have said it recently, and
they're not the only ones. It's become a tired part of
You Believe in Ghosts? Editorial, India Currents
Published on February 1, 2016
Last summer I encountered a ghost. It happened simply,
unsuspectingly. Perhaps the stage had already been set.
I had been invited to stay for a month at an artists'
residency in a French town called Marnay-sur-Seine. The
setting was a 17th century priory next door to a 12th
century church ...
Hopefully Editorial, India Currents Published
on January 6, 2016
Happy 2016! It seems to me that of all things we carry
with us towards another year, nothing is more
invigorating than the belief that life will be brighter
on the other side of the New Year's Eve clock. And as
soon as the small hand inches its way ...