South Asians and Elected Office

The mission of our organization might seem oddly specific at first glance. Though the civic engagement is important, why specifically the South Asian community in the Bay Area? How many people does this pertain to? The answer is many. Between 2000 and 2010, the South Asian American population became the …

An Open Letter to the Bay Area, from a Muslim

An Open Letter to the Bay Area, from a Muslim

Dear Bay Area, Let me start off by saying that I think you are the greatest place in the entire world. I’m biased, of course. That might be because I’m from Berkeley, born and raised. I know things about this region that others may not. For example, I know what …

What does the H-1B Mean to You?

What does the H-1B Mean to You?

If you are South Asian American, you will likely run into the H-1B as you start uncovering your family’s beginnings in the U.S. The iconic visa, reserved for highly educated workers with specialized skills in STEM, forms the “founding lore” of our diaspora, according to a 2015 Smithsonian exhibit. The …

Where to Watch the World Cup

Where to Watch the World Cup

This year’s World Cup, held in Russia, has been absolutely riveting. From early surprises like Mexico’s win over Germany, to Japan’s exceptional effort against Belgium, there has been plenty of excitement even for us Americans, who did not qualify this time. No matter which team you’re supporting, the best thing …

Celebrating Pride

  Today, June 26th, is Equality Day. To celebrate, we at SAAFBA are going to bring up the much needed conversation on non-heterosexual conforming people in the South Asian community. “Gay pride was not born of a need to celebrate being gay, but our right to exist without persecution. So …