Episode 48 | learning indian languages as Indian-Americans | with the carolina desi
“Being a minority everywhere, we have to fiercly protect what distinguishes us.”
-Gurtej Singh on being an Indian-American Sikh and retaining the Punjabi language
The standard for Indian-Americans is seemingly impossibly high wherever they go. Not fully accepted as “American” nor fully embraced as “fully Indian.”
Rashmili Vemula and Gurtej Singh join Jessica in a conversation about assimilation, cultural retention and language learning as Indian-Americans. Rashmili talks through her Telegu roots and how dance was a connection point to Indian culture. Gurtej shares how American Sikhs are used to being a minority wherever they go.
Here the full conversation. Don’t forget to subscribe on your favorite platform- iTunes, Spotify, Google Podcasts and all major streaming platforms.
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The Invisible India Podcast’s opening and closing music is performed by Christopher Hale on Sitar and Ed Hanley on Tabla.