Immigration

Mississippi Mutiny Challenges Anti-Trafficking Law

South Asian migrant shipyard workers who were promised Green Cards protest against miserable working and living conditions in Mississippi. The case challenges policies towards and perceptions of victims of human trafficking.

Stories of Joy, Sorrow, and Transformation

Andolan members creatively organize around the exploitation of South Asian low-wage women workers through theatre. Through five poignant monologues, Sukh aur Dukh ki Kahani transforms the portrayal of domestic workers as passive victims into agents of change through storytelling.

From Barely Relevant to Key Voting Bloc

In a matter of months, what was considered a politically inactive community unable to leverage its political power was now being wooed by the rival parties for its attention. The South Asian and West Indian enclaves of Richmond Hill and Ozone Park became integral in deciding which party would control the New York State Senate.

Three Muslim Families, Three Cities: A Review of Muslims of Metropolis

Through the stories of a Bangladeshi family in New York, a Palestinian family in London, and a Kurdish family in Germany, Kavitha Rajagopalan's Muslims of Metropolis is a necessary intervention into the popular discourse that informs our ideas about Muslims.

Muslims of Metropolis: The Stories of Three Immigrant Families in the West. By Kavitha Rajagopalan. Rutgers University Press, 2008, 283 pages.

Here's Our Labor. Now How About Our Lives?

The Karma of Brown Folk and Passport Photos

Why the "Gay Rights Movement" is Anti-Immigrant Rights

The "gay rights" movement has rarely shared a table with the immigrant rights movement. Focused on the right to marry and rights of citizens, it leaves behind much needed coalition building between the movements.

Behind Swing Doors: South Asian Workers Speak

Interviews with New York City food service industry workers

The Myth of the Burdensome Immigrants

Xenophobia and anti-immigrant sentiments situate South Asian and other immigrant communities as burdens on the health care system, missing the barriers, racism and classism they experience. To meet the needs of immigrant workers, these structural inequalities need to be addressed and considered in proposals for US health care reform.

Passports and Pink Slips

Immigration and Labor After 9/11

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