South Asians of the Hill

Documenting the beauty and complexity of South Asian diasporas at Tufts University

"Having South Asian friends was a change for me. I didn’t have that before I came to college, and I think it’s refreshing." - HeeJae An (A ‘16), with Jacob Barr (A ‘16) and Vidya Srinivasan (A ‘16, SAPAC E-Board)

"Having South Asian friends was a change for me. I didn’t have that before I came to college, and I think it’s refreshing." - HeeJae An (A ‘16), with Jacob Barr (A ‘16) and Vidya Srinivasan (A ‘16, SAPAC E-Board)

“‘South Asia’ is not synonymous with ‘India.’ Nepal is also not a city in India. Please go read a map before you try to convince me where my own home is.” - Priya Ban (A ‘16)

“‘South Asia’ is not synonymous with ‘India.’ Nepal is also not a city in India. Please go read a map before you try to convince me where my own home is.” - Priya Ban (A ‘16)

"To me, my ‘Indian-ness’ means the value I place on family." - Aditya Hurry (A ‘17)

"To me, my ‘Indian-ness’ means the value I place on family." - Aditya Hurry (A ‘17)

"I miss mattar paneer. You can get good butter chicken here, but not home food." - Shiv Narang (A ‘17)

"I miss mattar paneer. You can get good butter chicken here, but not home food." - Shiv Narang (A ‘17)

"You know you’re a South Asian if you like rain. There are a lot of poems about the rain back home. It rains differently here, though." - Samira Manzur (A ‘16)

"You know you’re a South Asian if you like rain. There are a lot of poems about the rain back home. It rains differently here, though." - Samira Manzur (A ‘16)

"The minute you come here and you meet other South Asians, it’s an instant connection. One of the biggest things, personally, was becoming friends with someone from Pakistan – we met while studying abroad in Spain. Once you leave South Asia, those borders don’t exist anymore." - Anisha Wadhwa (A ‘14)

"The minute you come here and you meet other South Asians, it’s an instant connection. One of the biggest things, personally, was becoming friends with someone from Pakistan – we met while studying abroad in Spain. Once you leave South Asia, those borders don’t exist anymore." - Anisha Wadhwa (A ‘14)

"The food is really bland here — nothing tastes good without lots of Sriracha!" - Aahlad Gogineni (E ‘17)

"The food is really bland here — nothing tastes good without lots of Sriracha!" - Aahlad Gogineni (E ‘17)

"When I moved to this country in 2002, I wasn’t used to being stared at. But now, I’m pretty used to looking different, so when I put a pagh on I feel confident. My dad — who works in a place without many Sardars — is a huge inspiration in terms of keeping my faith. This is how I follow my religion; I’m not doing it to stand out. It’s everyday life.” - Param Chopra (A ‘15)

"When I moved to this country in 2002, I wasn’t used to being stared at. But now, I’m pretty used to looking different, so when I put a pagh on I feel confident. My dad — who works in a place without many Sardars — is a huge inspiration in terms of keeping my faith. This is how I follow my religion; I’m not doing it to stand out. It’s everyday life.” - Param Chopra (A ‘15)

"TASA semi formal was awesome last night!" - Jake Indursky (A ‘15)

"TASA semi formal was awesome last night!" - Jake Indursky (A ‘15)

"I get told, ‘You’re really pretty for an Indian’ a lot. I don’t know whether to say thanks or be offended." - Harsha Mirchandani (E ‘14)

"I get told, ‘You’re really pretty for an Indian’ a lot. I don’t know whether to say thanks or be offended." - Harsha Mirchandani (E ‘14)