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about both sides of the con-
South Asian nations should
build upon their relation-
ship with the United States.
without sacrificing their own
cultural and political goals,
"I want South Asia to be one
of the regions in the world that
is trulyindependent," he said.
To achieve this, the South
Asian nations must not only
support their own economies,
but also halt their "deafening
silence" on world issues, Gan-
dhi said. This would "be true
to a man like Gandhi," he said.
The conference featured
workshops designed to help
attendees maintain South
Asian identity throughout
One of the workshop lead-
ers, Raymond Rouf, and one of
the keynote speakers, Sumaya
Kazi, are South Asian-Aineri-
cans who have succeeded as
Rouf and Kazi are two of
the founders of The Cultur-
alConnect, a website that
publishes four weekly e-mag-
azines. They began in 2005
with one magazine geared
toward Asians in general and
have expanded their reader-
ship with e-magazines for the
South Asian, Middle Eastern
and Latino communities. They
also plan to launch an African
magazine in the near future.
Kazi said The CulturalCon-
nect has 48,000 readers in 100
Kan was recently named
one of America's "Best Entre-
preneurs Under 25" in Busi-
In an interview, Kazi
explained the progression of
her cultural identity.
Before college, she said, her
parents forced her to attend
cultural functions on the
"Thenyougoto college, and
you choose whether you want
to be a part of the South Asian
Club or you want to attend
SAAN," Kazi said. "Then you
graduate and that kind ofiden-
tity almost goes away."
Kazi said that the SAAN
conference provides a rare'
Beyon4 the workshops
and the chance to learn about
South Asian identity, the con-
ference allows participants to
establish social relationships
within their cultural commu-
Asian-Americans should be
bold with their career choices
and not confine themselves to
jobs stereotypically expected
of South Asian-Americans
- like doctor, lawyer or engi-
"Young people have great
ideas and don't do shit with
let age hinder you."
She said it is important to
share ideas and work together.
"Networking is key," she
said. "Network like hell."
Kazi spoke about famous
and successful South Asian
entrepreneurs, whom she
described as "young profes-
sional ballers" and "nonprofit
ballers." Among her examples
was Manny Malhotra, the only
South Asian in the National
Keyur Parikh, a senior at
Xavier University and presi-
dent of the South Asian Soci-
ety there, flew from Cincinnati
with members of his group to
attend the conference.
lie said he enjoyed Kazi's
speech because it brought a
professional perspective that
went beyond the social and
cultural focus of the confer-
Parikh said Xavier's South
Asian community is small and
the conference allows thernto
discussissues aspart ofaglob-
"It provides a way to learn
more about yourself and South
Asian culture," he said.
Raymond Rouf, The Cultur-
alConnect's co-founder, held a
workshop at the SAAN confer-
ence called "Thinking Inside
In his workshop, Rouf
spoke about the importance
of creativity for South Asian-
Americans. He said creativity
is as important as literacy but
is often overlooked.
"Our educational system is
the biggest opponent to cre-
ativity," he said. "It focuses on
math and science, not dance
and arts. The educational sys-
tem is founded on industrial-
He said it is important to
try to think of something
original. Even though South
Asian-Americans are often
told to study engineering or
medicine, the choice should be
their own, Rouf said.
"Don't be scared to do
something that hasn't been
done before," he said.
Rouf started a new online
company last week called
Corporate Cricket League.
He hopes to create a league in
which corporate employees
compete against employees
from their rival companies in
the San Francisco Bay Area.
Rivals this season include
Google and Yahoo as well as
Hewlett Packard and Apple.
These examples of creativ-
ity by South Asian Americans
represent a union between
South Asian and American
culture, Rouf said.
That synthesis was evident
in the formal dance that ended
On Saturday night at the
Burton Manor in Livonia,
SAAN members attended
a formal dance, celebrating
South Asian culture togeth-
er. Loud South Asian music
played through the speakers
while men in suits mingled
with women wearing vibrant
At least 200 people attended
the ball, which included tra-
ditional food, dancing and a
speech by keynote speaker,
Rajiv Chandrasekaran, author
of National Book Award final-
ist "Imperial Life in the Emer-
ald City: Inside Iraq's Green
Zone." He spoke about the per-
ilous state of the Iraq War and
how it might have been avert-
ed by better communication
between Americans and Iraqis.
That's one lesson, he said, that
is applicable beyond Baghdad.
"As you go into the world,
take risks, try new things, but
always remember to listen,"
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people have no idea whether
they are passing or failing," he
LEO is proposing that the
University sponsor interna-
tional lecturers for citizen-
ship after they have passed
their second faculty review
- by which time, most are eli-
gible to apply for United States
citizenship or residency. Cur-
rently, many lecturers must
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LEO also wants to increase
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Many lecturers who work
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"We don't believe the
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Many lecturers have sec-
ond jobs to supplement their
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sity does something outside of
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versity administration in
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vost Jeff Frumkin and Labor
Relations Consultant Rebekah
Ashley will also help represent
Negotiations will continue
between LEO and adminis-
trators each Friday until they
reach a settlement.
"We expect to be in these
negotiations all semester
long," Halloran said.
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