Aswini Anburajan

Aswini Anburajan is a writer for Feet in 2 Worlds, an ethnic media reporting project supported by the Center for New York City Affairs at the New School.

Recent Articles

"I Am a Muslim" Rally Condemns Upcoming Congressional Hearings on Islam

Despite rain that poured down on Times Square, hundreds of interfaith activists gathered on Sunday to protest Rep. Peter King's (R-NY) plan to hold congressional hearings on radicalization within the Muslim community this week. The protest, titled, "Today I am A Muslim Too" was led by hip-hop artist Russell Simmons ,who was joined by a coterie of religious and political leaders, including the only two Muslim members of Congress. Rep. Mike Honda of California compared the steps that King was taking to the political failures that led to the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II. Over the weekend, the White House also sent an adviser, Denis McDonough, to an interfaith gathering of Muslims. "In the United States we don't practice guild by association," The The New York Times reported McDonough saying. King's call for the hearings, at a time when the Arab world is rocked by demonstrations -- young Muslims calling for freedom and liberty in streets everywhere from Libya to...

"Don't Call Us Arizona"

Hello TAPPED readers! I'm a contributing writer to the Feet in 2 Worlds project, a public radio and new media initiative that tells the stories of today's immigrants through the eyes of ethnic media reporters who have unique insight and access to those communities. I'll be guest-blogging here for the week, but you can normally find my blogging at Feet in 2 Worlds . In the immigration debate, Utah seeks to distance itself from Arizona despite passing a bill Friday that, on the surface, resembles Arizona's controversial SB 1070. Utah's law makes it permissible for law enforcement officers to inquire about immigration status during routine police checks, stops, or arrests. The Utah "Illegal Immigration Enforcement Act" has all the trappings of a nativist push in one of the nation's whitest states, but lawmakers stressed that the new bill took away language that made it appear as if they were endorsing racial profiling and said that the bill was being passed in conjunction with a guest-...