Playlist: Mahi Palanisami's Portfolio
From Mahi Palanisami | 05:18
A recent release of an environmental report provides insight in to the Mississippi River's condition.
From Mahi Palanisami | 29:42
Indians don’t just happen to be good at math and science. The effects and fears of the Cold War, and the united leadership of India and the United States gave rise to a math and science educated population in India that the United States craved. The race to the moon inspired young Indian men coming of age in India, and it also changed immigration policy to welcome India's scientists and engineers in the United States.
This half-hour documentary follows the personal stories of two men from India, along with the coinciding political developments of the United States and India at that time. Their personal journeys are woven together with old news clips, speeches from presidents JFK and Lyndon Johnson and the first prime minister of India Jawarhalal Nehru. This documentary gives a historical and political understanding as to why science and engineering is so strongly a part of the Indian community in the United States, and why only a certain type of Indian was allowed to immigrate at the time.
From Mahi Palanisami | 04:30
Asian American Theater Conferences adjorned with energy abound
Recommended Intro: Asian-Americans in the theater arts are restructuring the traditional norms of stage productions in the United States. At the 2nd Annual Asian-American Theater Conference and the South Asian Theater Arts Movement, activists and performers gathered with full-blown determination to continue seeing themselves in front and behind the curtains. Mahi Palanisami in Minneapolis has more. Outro: More information can be found about the national Asian American Theater Conference at aatheaterconference.org
From Mahi Palanisami | 28:35
Women talk about their 1st sexual encounter
Four women speak about their first sex experience. At the time of recording each woman was at a different stage in her life, the youngest being in college, the oldest being 30 years past college. They individually talk about the actual physical event, share their feelings before and after their experience, and offer advice to other women. This piece is safe to share with youth. It uses the words: orgasm, penius, and vagina from the health science perspective.
From Mahi Palanisami | 05:03
Features the work of a South Asian Women domestic violence shelter in New York
Suggested Intro: The science behind domestic violence is rarely acknowledged, but there is a strong organization that is focused on implementing their tactics to assisting survivors of domestic violence. Based in New York City Sakhi (Suh-kee) for South Asian Women was the first domestic violence center in the United States that focused on serving South Asian women, and they recently celebrated their annual fundraising gala.
From Mahi Palanisami | 29:24
Two 2nd generation Indian daughters speak about their mothers
In the 1970's many of our parents embarked on a one way journey from India to the United States in the hopes of securing a future for themselves and their burgeoning families. Now their daughters have come of age, walking pieces of globalization, and deeply understand that we live on a planet, not simply in the United States. Growing up we heard about our mothers' childhoods and their arranged marriages. Now as we face adulthood, we compare and develop an understanding of our own childhoods, our present lives, and our futures to that of our mothers. Listen to two brilliant, beautiful 2nd generation Indian women talk about their mothers and themselves.
From Mahi Palanisami | 27:13
Five brown women, talk about themselves in relation to India
A housewife and single parent mom in India candidly talk about their struggles and triumphs in an ever-changing India. The globe is then traveled and an immigrant nanny and two 2nd generation women in the United States reveal more dimensions to the word "Indian" through their personal narratives. These 5 interviews are personal, and will perhaps give us a human look at brown women outside of the media exotic views that unfortunately feed our entertainment desires.