Upcoming events

    • Thursday, September 29, 2016
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • 607B Pulitzer Hall, 2950 Broadway, New York, NY 10027

    South Haven by Hirsh Sawhney

    Siddharth Arora lives an ordinary life in the New England suburb of South Haven, but his childhood comes to a grinding halt when his mother dies in a car accident. Siddharth soon gravitates toward a group of adolescent bullies, drinking and smoking instead of drawing and swimming. He takes great pains to care for his depressive father, Mohan Lal, an immigrant who finds solace in the hateful Hindu fundamentalism of his homeland and cheers on Indian fanatics who murder innocent Muslims. When a new woman enters their lives, Siddharth and his father have a chance at a fresh start. They form a new family, hoping to leave their pain behind them.

    South Haven is no simple coming-of-age tale or hero’s journey, blurring the line between victim and victimizer and asking readers to contend with the lies we tell ourselves as we grieve and survive. Following in the tradition of narratives by Edwidge Danticat and Junot Díaz, Sawhney draws upon the measured lyricism of postcolonial writers like Michael Ondaatje but brings to his subjects distinctly American irreverence and humor.

    HIRSH SAWHNEY’s writing has appeared in the New York Times Book Review, the Guardian, the Times Literary Supplement, the Financial TimesOutlook, and numerous other periodicals. He is the editor of Delhi Noir, a critically acclaimed anthology of original fiction, and is on the advisory board of Wasafiri, a London-based journal of international literature. He lives in New Haven, Connecticut, and teaches at Wesleyan University. South Haven is his debut novel.


    Family Life by Akhil Sharma

    Hailed as a "supreme storyteller" (Philadelphia Inquirer) for his "cunning, dismaying and beautifully conceived" fiction (New York Times), Akhil Sharma is possessed of a narrative voice "as hypnotic as those found in the pages of Dostoyevsky" (The Nation). In his highly anticipated second novel, Family Life, he delivers a story of astonishing intensity and emotional precision.

    We meet the Mishra family in Delhi in 1978, where eight-year-old Ajay and his older brother Birju play cricket in the streets, waiting for the day when their plane tickets will arrive and they and their mother can fly across the world and join their father in America. America to the Mishras is, indeed, everything they could have imagined and more: when automatic glass doors open before them, they feel that surely they must have been mistaken for somebody important. Pressing an elevator button and the elevator closing its doors and rising, they have a feeling of power at the fact that the elevator is obeying them. Life is extraordinary until tragedy strikes, leaving one brother severely brain-damaged and the other lost and virtually orphaned in a strange land. Ajay, the family’s younger son, prays to a God he envisions as Superman, longing to find his place amid the ruins of his family’s new life.

    Heart-wrenching and darkly funny, Family Life is a universal story of a boy torn between duty and his own survival.

    AKHIL SHARMA is the author of An Obedient Father, winner of the PEN/Hemingway Award and was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year. His writing has appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, Best American Short Stories, and O. Henry Award Stories. A native of Delhi, he lives in New York City and is an assistant professor of English at Rutgers University, Newark.



    About the Moderator:

    MYTHILI RAO is a producer at WNYC radio. Her book reviews, essays, and reporting have also appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times Book Review, The Daily Beast, Words Without Borders, and other publications.  She previously served on SAJA's Board.


    RSVP: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/hirsh-sawhney-and-akhil-sharma-book-talk-tickets-27896617534

    • Thursday, October 06, 2016
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Time Inc. Headquarters - 225 Liberty Street, New York, NY 10281

    Time Inc. Mixer and Panel Discussion: Election 2016

    Truth, Trust, and the Role of the Press in American Politics


    Is the media fairly covering the Clinton and Trump campaigns? How should news organizations handle extremist views? 

    Join us as we team up with Time Inc./A3 Asian American Association of Time Inc. and AAJA-NY with a panel discussion on the 2016 Presidential Election between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. 

    The panelists will include journalists who will talk about their experiences while covering the candidates on their campaign trail. The panel will also be open to the audience for questions and healthy discussions on how the media is currently covering this crucial election.

    The event will take place at Time Inc.’s new headquarters in downtown Manhattan.

    Come before the panel and join us for an open bar (wine & beer) and appetizers media mixer on the Time Inc. patio which has a great sunset view of the Hudson River. 

    Also, Time Inc. human resources representatives and hiring managers will be present at the networking mixer.

    $20 for SAJA Members/$35 for Non-Members

    6pm-7:15pm- Open bar (wine & beer) media mixer on the patio

    7:30pm-9pm - Panel Discussion 

    Location: Time Inc. Headquarters

    225 Liberty Street, New York, NY 10281



    Our confirmed speakers are below. We plan to add more to the panel in the coming weeks.


    Xuan Thai - NBC News Political Producer

     Xuan Thai is a producer for NBC News out of the Miami Bureau, covering stories in the Southeastern United States and Latin America.  Prior to her move to Miami, she was a producer for MSNBC's The Last Word w/ Lawrence O'Donnell and The Daily Rundown with Chuck Todd.

    She was also a producer for CNN's congressional unit, responsible for covering the activities of both the U.S. House and Senate, as well as a CNN White House producer, where she reported on the last years of George W. Bush administration and the first term of the Obama administration. She helped launch CNN's Political Ticker, the most read political blog in the world. She also worked for CNBC covering the 2004 presidential election, the distressed airline industry, and the looming housing crisis. Before pursuing a career in journalism, she was a federal litigator, representing U.S. interests in federal court.



    Sharaf Mowjood  - Huffington Post Senior Political Video Producer

    Sharaf Mowjood is a senior producer for political video at the Huffington Post. His work covers editorial videos for politics and all digital verticals at the Huffington Post, ranging from breaking news coverage to long form videos. 

    Before the Huffington Post Mowjood was a field producer at NBC News. He was on the campaign trail covering Donald Trump's Presidential run for Nightly News with Lester Holt, TODAY, MSNBC and nbcnews.com

    Mowjood is also a former SAJA President and current board member.


    Any questions? Please reach out to SAJA senior advisor Sovy Azhath - sovy.azhath@turner.com



Past events

Monday, September 26, 2016 Book Event: "Six Degrees of Education" - Changing Careers and More.
Saturday, July 16, 2016 SAJA 2016 Journalism Awards Dinner
Wednesday, June 15, 2016 SAJA Iftar 2016
Thursday, May 05, 2016 SAJA Visits Dow Jones/Wall Street Journal
Tuesday, February 23, 2016 Get your Profile Reviewed by Contently
Tuesday, January 19, 2016 Anjan Sundaram's "Bad News"
Tuesday, December 08, 2015 SAJA Holiday Party with Celebrity Chef Vikas Khanna
Monday, November 30, 2015 SAJA Elections 2016
Tuesday, November 17, 2015 SAJA Resume Critique Session
Friday, November 06, 2015 SAJA EXCLUSIVE Access inside Bloomberg News
Saturday, October 03, 2015 2015 SAJA Gala & Awards Ceremony
Wednesday, June 24, 2015 SAJA 2015 Iftar
Sunday, June 07, 2015 Help Us Find Sunil Tripathi - screening and discussion
Friday, April 10, 2015 SAJA Bollywood-style Workout & Mixer with Doonya
Wednesday, April 08, 2015 SAJA Panel Discussion on Entrepreneurial Journalism
Tuesday, March 31, 2015 NYC PANEL EVENT: Q+A with CBS News Executives
Monday, March 16, 2015 Red Bangle Award Ceremony
Friday, March 06, 2015 TDas Awards at Metropolitan Museum
Monday, February 23, 2015 Meet Author Mohsin Hamid (Discount for SAJA members)
Saturday, January 31, 2015 SAJA Panel - On-Camera: South Asian Women Reporters
Friday, January 30, 2015 Serial: What Rabia Chaudry Knows
Friday, December 12, 2014 SAJA Holiday Party, Annual Members Meeting, & Election with Aasif Mandvi.
Monday, December 01, 2014 SAJA Elections 2015-2016
Saturday, October 11, 2014 2014 SAJA Convention
Thursday, September 25, 2014 SAJA Reporting Panel @ The New York Times
Tuesday, July 08, 2014 SAJA Ifthar - 2014
Monday, May 12, 2014 The True American at Asia Society
Friday, May 02, 2014 SAJA Comes to Bloomberg News
Thursday, April 03, 2014 SAJA Online Writing Workshop @CNN NY
Thursday, April 03, 2014 SAJA Boston Happy Hour
Thursday, March 06, 2014 All You Need to Know About the NY Health Insurance Exchange
Tuesday, February 25, 2014 All You Need to Know About the NY Health Insurance Exchange
Tuesday, February 04, 2014 "India's Vote" Discussion With SAJA & Asia Society
Thursday, January 16, 2014 SAJA-NYC: Desis, South Asians and the Rest of Them
Thursday, December 05, 2013 SAJA-NYC: Annual Members Meeting, Election & Holiday Party
Thursday, December 05, 2013 SAJA-DC: Holiday Party
Wednesday, November 20, 2013 SAJA Comes to CNN NY
Sunday, November 17, 2013 SAJA Board Elections 2014-15
Saturday, October 26, 2013 Exploring Journalism's New Frontiers
Thursday, October 17, 2013 SAJA Comes to CNN D.C. (Students Only)
Saturday, October 05, 2013 2013 SAJA Awards Dinner and Gala
Thursday, September 26, 2013 SAJA Comes to CBS News
Thursday, September 12, 2013 SAJA/Imran Qureshi's Exhibit@MET Museum
Thursday, September 05, 2013 SAJA D.C. Happy Hour
Friday, August 23, 2013 SAJA/AAJA Career Fair & Expo - Friday Aug 23
Wednesday, June 19, 2013 SAJA Summer Mixer
Friday, May 31, 2013 SAJA Comes to ABC News
Wednesday, May 15, 2013 SAJA D.C. Spring Mixer
Thursday, April 18, 2013 SAJA Comes to Bloomberg News
Tuesday, April 09, 2013 SAJA & Contently's Portfolio Review for Freelance Writers & Bloggers
Sunday, April 07, 2013 SAJA 2013 Internship Fund
Tuesday, March 26, 2013 SAJA/AAJA/APEX March Mixer
Wednesday, February 27, 2013 SAJA Mid-Winter Media Mixer with the Deadline Club
Thursday, February 07, 2013 "Meet the 2013 SAJA Board Mixer" in NYC on Thursday Feb 7th
Sunday, February 03, 2013 SAJA-SAMMA Super Bowl Webcast
Tuesday, January 29, 2013 A Conversation With ANG LEE AND DAVID MAGEE
Monday, December 17, 2012 SAJA-DC: Holiday Party & Meet Your Board
Tuesday, December 04, 2012 SAJA Holiday Party
Tuesday, November 27, 2012 SAJA@Work: Dow Jones/The Wall Street Journal
Sunday, November 18, 2012 SAJA Board Elections 2013-14
Wednesday, October 24, 2012 SAJA Mentoring/Resume Critique
Thursday, October 04, 2012 An evening with Tarun Tejpal, author of "The Story of my Assassins"
Thursday, October 04, 2012 WEBCASTS WITH 2012 SAJA REPORTING FELLOW, ERIK OLSEN
Tuesday, October 02, 2012 A panel discussion on Supply and Demand: Migration, Trafficking and the Private Sector
Saturday, July 14, 2012 2012 SAJA Awards Dinner and Gala: Complimentary Registration
Saturday, July 14, 2012 2012 SAJA Awards Dinner and Gala
Saturday, June 23, 2012 SAJA-DC: Happy Hour
Thursday, June 07, 2012 SAJA-NYC: Book Launch and Talk with Vijay Prashad
Sunday, June 03, 2012 SAJA 2012 Internship Fund
Saturday, June 02, 2012 SAJA-Atlanta: Panel/Mixer @CNN Center
Monday, May 21, 2012 SAJA-Boston: Mixer with JAWS
Thursday, May 10, 2012 SAJA-TO: Rebranding Ethnic Conflict: Sri Lanka 2009
Wednesday, May 09, 2012 SAJA-TO: Samadhana 2012
Monday, April 30, 2012 Producing Bollywood: Inside the Contemporary Hindi Film Industry with Tejaswini Ganti
Wednesday, April 25, 2012 SAJA-DC: Happy Hour
Tuesday, April 10, 2012 SAJA-NYC: Reception for Pakistani/Pakistani-American Journalists
Sunday, April 08, 2012 2012 SAJA JOURNALISM AWARDS
Sunday, April 01, 2012 SAJA-SF: Meetup and Mixer
Sunday, April 01, 2012 SAJA-SF: Social Media One-Night Stand presented by Columbia Journalism Continuing Education
Tuesday, March 27, 2012 SAJA-NYC: Advanced Social Media Workshop for Journalists and Professionals
Thursday, March 22, 2012 SAJA-NYC: Meet the Board Mixer
Thursday, March 22, 2012 SAJA-DC: Book Reading and Chat // “Instant City: Life and Death in Karachi” with NPR’s Steve Inskeep
Thursday, March 22, 2012 SAJA-NYC: SAJA@Work with Bloomberg News
Sunday, March 18, 2012 SAJA-TO: Meetup with Journalist Salil Tripathi
Thursday, March 15, 2012 Co-sponsored by SAJA-NYC: A Conversation with Akash Kapur at the Asia Society
Friday, March 09, 2012 SAJA-NYC: Book Launch // "Beautiful Thing: Inside the Secret World of Bombay's Dance Bars" with Sonia Faleiro
Wednesday, March 07, 2012 SAJA-NYC: India Trailer // A Talk by Mumbai Film Curator and Journalist Meenakshi Shedde
Wednesday, February 29, 2012 View from the Top: Senior editors discuss today's journalism
Wednesday, February 15, 2012 "Love, Inshallah" - A Discussion with the Creators and Writers
Wednesday, January 25, 2012 @NYTIndia: Behind the Scenes with India Ink
Thursday, January 19, 2012 THE GIRL IN THE GARDEN
Tuesday, December 13, 2011 SAJA at the MET: Gallery Tour and Panel Discussion
Thursday, December 08, 2011 SAJA Holiday Party
Tuesday, November 29, 2011 SAJA @ Work : DJ/WSJ
Sunday, November 13, 2011 SAJA Board Elections 2012-13
Thursday, November 03, 2011 SAJA Boston Happy Hour Nov. 3
Thursday, November 03, 2011 SAJA NYC Happy Hour Nov. 3
Thursday, November 03, 2011 SAJA DC Happy Hour Nov. 3
Friday, October 14, 2011 Meet Imran Khan & Bobby Ghosh
Saturday, June 18, 2011 SAJA Convention & Gala - Recruiter Registration
Friday, June 17, 2011 SAJA Convention & Awards Gala - Comp Registration
Friday, June 17, 2011 SAJA Convention & Awards Gala
Friday, March 25, 2011 BOOK CONVERSATION: "Geek Nation: How Indian Science is Taking Over the World"
Thursday, March 17, 2011 WEBCASTS WITH STARS OF NBC "OUTSOURCED" + REALITY TV 3pm EST 3/17/2011
Thursday, March 03, 2011 SAJA NYC Mixer Thurs March 3rd
Tuesday, February 22, 2011 WEBCAST: New Yorker's Jon Lee Anderson on SAJA Lanka Briefing #5: 9-9:45 a.m EST
Thursday, February 10, 2011 WEBCAST: Parag Khanna on "How to Rule the World
Tuesday, February 08, 2011 WEBCAST: Desis & the Grammys
Sunday, February 06, 2011 WEBCAST: SAJA Super Bowl Sunday

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