DESI Project stands for Defining and Enriching South Asian Issues and DESI Project is a dialogue-oriented, year-round series of events offered by Asian Pacific American Student Services, focusing on hot topics in South Asian and South Asian American communities. DESI Project events are open to all, and discussions range from the role of religion in gender roles, to skin color issues, to sex and dating, and more. DESI Project has conducted documentary screenings, book clubs, and numerous panel discussions.
Past panels have focused on:
- Sex and sexuality
- Gender roles
- The exploitation of slum culture for entertainment (“Slum-sploitation?”)
- Skin color issues (“Fair and Lovely vs. Dark and Ugly?”)
- Religion and law (“From Secular to Sacred”)
- South Asian
Awareness events included:
- The Health of South Asians Conference
- Flooded Lands, Dried Up Coverage: Pakistan’s Catastrophe
- South Asian Bone Marrow Drive
September 26, 2013
Miss(representation): How American is New Miss America Nina Davulari?
@ the STU 410 12:30pm to 1:30pm
Join APASS DESI Project for a discussion of Indian American Nina Davuluri's recent win of the Miss America pageant and the responses of the American public. Bring your lunch and share your thoughts!
October 21, 2013
Exposing the Truth: Rape Culture in South Asia
@ the WPH B28 7:30pm to 9:00pm
The New Delhi gang rape case recently brought rape culture in South Asia to the attention of Western audiences. Join APASS DESI Project for a panel discussion and workshop discussing South Asian and South Asian American attitudes towards rape culture. Free samosas and drinks will be provided!
December 5, 2013
Jhalak: An Exploration of South Asian Arts
@ King's Hall 6:00pm to 8:30pm
Join DESI Project and Kaya Press for a student panel and performers by South Asian artists at USC, representing classical to contemporary styles of art. Featuring hip-hop artist Mandeep Sethi and graffiti artist Nisha Sembi - plus an open mic!