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Two profiles of interest – Anne Dodge and Hamid Khan

May 26, 2009

This week brings two profiles of interest to our community:

Sepia Mutiny features Anne Dodge, a fellow Women Rule! participant, who did her recent MIT dissertation on historic Route 66.  What does quintessential Americana like Route 66 have to do with South Asians, you ask?  Well, it turns out that a ton of the historic motels along Route 66 are owned by Indian-Americans.

On her website, “66 Motels” (which has some awesome photographs, btw), Anne says:

When I first traveled Route 66, the corridor’s most authentic places – the buildings that spoke most eloquently of the road’s history – were the motels. Architectural styles ranged from the beloved wigwam motels of the southwest to the “Giraffe stone” motor courts of the Missouri Ozarks... Most interestingly, I found that more than 30% of the independent motel owners along Route 66 were new Americans of Indian descent, people who had come to the U.S. from India, east Africa, Europe, and other parts of the U.S. to own and manage these businesses.

(c/o Los Angeles Times)

(c/o Los Angeles Times)

And, the Los Angeles Time profiles Hamid Khan, the Pakistani-American founder of the South Asian Network (H/T: Chronicle of Philanthropy).  The South Asian Network “now has several ongoing projects, including preventive health workshops, case management for domestic violence survivors and legal clinics on immigration issues.”  He has personally done a lot of great work fighting racism and discrimination against South Asians.

Two great projects, headed by two inspirational people – although very different, each one seems worthy of our attention and support!

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