Book Launch – Featuring KC Youth photographers

Book Launch: Asian American Literary Review’s Special Issue Commemorating the 10th Anniversary of September 11

On Friday, September 30th, Join the Asian American Literary Review, Alwan for the Arts, NYU Asian/Pacific/American Institute, and 3rd i NY to commemorate the 10 year anniversary of September 11th and reflect on what it has meant and continues to mean within our communities both here and abroad. The 350-page publication and companion DVD feature a wide array of interviews, essays, first person testimony, and video shorts by South/Asian and Arab American contributors.

The Launch will include:

Introductions by AALR Co-founder Lawrence-Minh Bui Davis and issue co-editor, Parag Khandhar

Screenings from the special edition DVD featuring Bushra Rehman and Pushkar Sharma of Brownstar, amongst others.

Live performances & readings by Yalini Dream & Nandini Nessa of The Sugaran Tour, as well as Zohra Saed and Kelly Zen-Yie Tsai.

Reflections by contributors and special guests, such as the Visible Collective and youth members of Khadijah’s Caravan who have written about the hardships endured, political battles waged, and personal and collective responses to the past 10 years.

Come see old friends and take a moment to remember, reflect, and celebrate the resilience and power of our communities. Enjoy desi snacks and sodas on the house, and cash bar also available.

Open to the public, $5 – 10 Suggested Donation toward production Cost of Publication.
Limited Capacity, so please come on time!
PRICE: $12

More about the issue, including ordering information can be found at: Continue reading

Honoring Loss, Reflecting on Impact, Striving for Justice: Ten Years after September 11


September 11, 2011

Honoring Loss, Reflecting on Impact, Striving for Justice: Ten Years after September 11

Statement from the National Coalition of South Asian Organizations

Today, members of the  National Coalition of South Asian Organizations (NCSO) join the country in marking ten years since the tragedy of September 11th, 2001. We join the nation in solemnly remembering and honoring those who lost their lives and loved ones on that day. We also take this opportunity to reflect on the events that have transpired in the decade since.

Like all Americans, South Asians in the United States were deeply affected by the events on and after September 11th. From the days and months following the tragedy to now, member organizations of the NCSO have addressed a range of issues arising in our communities in the post-September 11th environment – from helping individuals who lost family members or livelihoods to advocating for those who faced discrimination, hate crimes, profiling, and arbitrary detentions.  A decade later, many South Asians who call America home continue to be affected by unfair policies, xenophobic rhetoric, and discrimination. Now more than ever, members of the NCSO seek to ensure that our country remains true to its fundamental ideals of fairness and inclusion. Today, as we pause to remember September 11th, we also renew our pledge to work towards public policies and community-based efforts that will reaffirm our country’s commitment to human rights, justice, and equality for all.

The National Coalition of South Asian Organizations (NCSO) is a network of community-based organizations that believe in common principles related to social change, and that provide services to work with, convene, organize, and advocate for South Asians in the United States. South Asian Americans Leading Together (SAALT) coordinates the NCSO. Continue reading

Desi America: Ten Years After 9/11 – Featuring KC co-founder Moumita Zaman

Desi America: Ten Years After 9/11

Share your thoughts in a timely forum about South Asian American communities in the post-9/11 world.

How did the tragedy and its aftermath transform Indian, Pakistani, and Bangladeshi American communities? How have their roles as citizens and residents of the United States been redefined? How has it shaped their relationships with Arab, Middle Eastern, and Muslim Americans – and with each other?

Dynamic community organizers and artists PRERANA REDDY of the Queens Museum of Art and the Visible Collective,  PUSHKAR SHARMA of Brownstar Revolution, TITO SINHA of Desis Organizing, Moumita Zaman of KHADIJAH’S CARAVAN share their insights and spark a reflective dialog.

Presented in collaboration with the Asian American Literary Review (AALR) an Asian American nonprofit literary journal and organization, which just released a special issue commemorating the 10 year anniversary of September 11th.

To learn more about AALR’s special issue, please visit or contact

All are welcome.  Free Admission.