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  • 2021-07-06 4:25 PM | John Laxmi (Administrator)

    On March 8, SAJA Board Member Masuma Ahuja spoke with member and freelancer Lakshmi Gandhi about her new book Girlhood: Teens Around The World In Their Own Voices, what it was like working girls from around the world, and the ins and outs of writing a book as a journalist.  

    Click here to watch the program
  • 2021-03-05 3:54 PM | Mihir Zaveri (Administrator)
  • 2020-08-19 12:00 AM | Anonymous

    AAJA & SAJA Issue Guidance on Coverage of

    VP Nominee Sen. Kamala Harris and Her Racial Identity

    August 19, 2020

    The Asian American Journalists Association (AAJA) and the South Asian Journalists Association (SAJA) urge contextualized and comprehensive news coverage around the racial identity of Democratic vice presidential nominee Sen. Kamala Harris.

    The proper way of characterizing someone’s racial or ethnic background, particularly when that background is of national interest, is a complex matter of identity and culture. The question has emerged again with the selection of Harris.

    AAJA and SAJA urge newsrooms to be mindful in their language of Harris’ multifaceted racial identity and the ways she has described her own upbringing and background.

    • Her mother was from India and her father was from Jamaica. Harris was born in California.

    • In her 2019 memoir, “The Truths We Hold: An American Journey,” Harris wrote that she identified as Black while growing up: “My mother understood very well that she was raising two black daughters. She knew that her adopted homeland would see Maya and me as black girls, and she was determined to make sure we would grow into confident, proud black women.” 

    • Harris has also publicly embraced her Indian descentidentified as an Indian American, and described herself as being of South Asian descent. In her Senate bio, she also describes herself as “South Asian-American”, a less common term.

    • “Asian American” is an accurate and encompassing term to describe Harris, as it applies to those from the continent of Asia, including the subcontinent of India. 

    • Harris is the first woman of color nominated for a presidential ticket by a major party. That includes being the first Black woman, first Asian American woman, first South Asian American woman and first Indian American woman to be nominated for a presidential ticket by a major party. She is the fourth woman in U.S. history to be a nominee for the presidential ticket of a major party. 

    We advise news organizations to consider the point of the story as well as the target audience when writing headlines and articles about the groundbreaking nature of Harris’ candidacy. 

    Over the coming weeks, AAJA and SAJA will work to provide more guidance and conversation on this subject. In the meantime, here is some background reading to help inform the reporting and writing about her:

    -- South Asian Journalists Association and Asian American Journalists Association  


    Mihir Zaveri, President

    South Asian Journalists Association


    Michelle Ye Hee Lee, President

    Asian American Journalists Association


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  • 2020-05-12 7:00 PM | Prerana Thakurdesai

    Georgetown's journalism program called this a "terrific event and a thread to read through". WATCH journalist Aneri Pattani and Clinical Psychologist Dr. Sumi Raghavan discuss mental health issues for journalists and tools to help navigate the uncertainty of this period. You may also READ the twitter thread.

  • 2020-04-02 7:00 PM | Prerana Thakurdesai


  • 2020-03-25 6:30 PM | Prerana Thakurdesai

    We had a great time speaking with our members and friends at our last happy hour.  We hope it was as valuable for you as it was for us. We're going to have many more of these in the coming months. So, stay tuned, subscribe to our newsletter, follow us on facebook and twitter to find out more about SAJA's programs and events through this quarantine period.  


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