With everything we are seeing in politics, let’s have a conversation about what “real representation” means. Now that Afghan-Americans are running for office in both parties, who do we align ourselves with, and do we owe them our support? What does it mean for Afghans to support Republicans? Is the Democratic party any better?
Continuing the Women of TSN (WTSN) series, this conversation is a collaborative with the Afghan American Women’s Collective (AAWC). Afghan women are raised to be kari-gaar, hardworking, for the family, and now for careers in the U.S. We are now juggling being “career-gars." So what is it like being an Afghan woman in the workplace? How does being an Afghan woman in the workforce affect advancements and workplace interactions? This conversation aims to point out some of the challenges, from the community and from the workplace. We will also highlight best practices and solutions that women have found to help in these situations. The panel will feature women from different professional industries.
In the search for equality, do we often overlook certain voices within our own community? In this conversation, we look at ways ethnic minorities have navigated their Afghan identity in the face of cultural or structural marginalization. Is being Afghan inclusive or exclusive of these minorities? Are old hierarchies still in place?
Are you even Muslim?" "Why are you so religious?" Religion tends to be one of the most thought about elements people associate with the Afghan community, and it comes with different challenges. What does it mean to be religious and Afghan? Can you be Afghan and disconnected from religion? What misconceptions do we have about people who are involved with religion or not? Is there a “Divine Divide?”
"Bitchy. Aggressive. Azaad. Bay-haya. Bah-adaab. Seeshaka. Good girl. Bad girl." These are a few of the many terms that are used to describe women in passing. This conversation will focus on some of those labels. Who places these labels? Where do they come from and why? Women of TSN [WTSN] will be a series of conversations, which aim to discuss experiences as it relates to being an Afghan woman in the diaspora.
In the early morning hours of Sunday, June 18th, Nabra Hassanen was murdered after leaving Tarraweh prayers at the ADAMS Center in Sterling, VA. After arresting the man responsible, police have ruled this as an incident of road rage. But some are calling for this to be investigated as a hate crime. Amidst the ongoing investigation, an extreme level of fear has gripped our community. A result of not just this event, but other targeted attacks against Muslims.
In the past few weeks, we have seen over 100 people die in multiple attacks in Kabul and Herat. We have seen Afghans around the world organizing vigils and demonstrations in reaction to this violence. Our panel includes some of the organizers of these events in the diaspora, and residents living in Kabul to discuss what has occurred and what we can do as Afghans in the diaspora.
Join us as we discuss the election of Donald Trump as President of the United States of America and its impact on the Afghan-American community
How did we get here? Are all Trump supporters racist? What does this mean for us? Is there a right way to protest? What can we do moving forward?
What are some of the specific challenges the Afghan community faces in regards to mental health? How do we address and change the taboos around this issue? Join us as we discuss this and more in our next conversation.
Panelists: Afifa Zaman, Maryam Rasouli, Dr. Zaid Baha, Dr. Qais Alemi, Ali Hakimi, Saba Maher
Afghan-Americans discussing issues affecting our diaspora, especially with regards to solidarity with Black Lives Matter and our place as Afghans within the wider Muslim community.
Panelists: Reza Hessabi, Nura Sediqe, Arzo Wardak, Arash Azizzada, Omar Aziz
In the early morning of June 12, 2016, 50 lives were tragically lost and just as many were injured at Pulse Nightclub, at an event celebrating Latinx LGBT Pride. It has been labeled as the worst mass shooting in American history. The attacker was identified as an American-born Afghan male.Read More
The ongoing struggle in Palestine is one of the pressing issues of contemporary geopolitics and global human rights. In campuses around the United States, June is a month of awareness and activism for the cause Palestinian sovereignty. The Samovar Network reflects on the empathy the Afghan community feels towards Palestinian self-determination and the struggle for equal rights, which is often overshadowed by the discussion of the Arab-Israeli conflict.Read More
On April 19th 2016, Kabul suffered a horrific suicide attack at the hands of the Taliban, killing 64 people and wounding 347 others. As a nation facing ceaseless war for decades, Afghanistan has faced countless tragedies that are regularly discounted in the media as merely part of the cycle of violence. A special session of The Samovar Network invites discussants from Kabul and others from the Afghan diaspora to share their experiences and process the tragedy.Read More
The Other Inbox addresses the online messages we sometimes receive that make us uncomfortable, cross boundaries, and serve to antagonize. The fear these messages bring can bleed into our real lives, where intimidation, aggressive gestures, and unwanted advances can bring real danger. The panel explores whether there are one size fits all boundaries.Read More
The crossroads of how love is being defined and how marriage is being practiced by the Afghan diaspora is why The Samovar Network believes it is crucial to discuss these changes, and hear Afghans' stories. Our panel includes a variety of Afghans who have experienced different kinds of relationships and hold a myriad of views on Love and Marriage.
The panel discusses some of the challenges facing Afghans seeking love through topics such as gender, culture, family expectations and more.
Panelists: Afifa Zaman, Omar Aziz, Sabrina Barekzai, Saba Maher, Nura Sediqe, Reza Hessabi, Arzo Wardak, Iqbal Barikzai & Ahmad Ansari
In the Afghan community, ethnicity and religion intertwine to create a complex societal hierarchy that can often feel insurmountable to many religious minorities.
Our panel addresses the sectarian challenges and injustices in our community and includes many members of the Afghan Shia community, who highlight their struggles, and their hopes for the Diaspora's future.Read More
The Samovar Network panel discusses the San Bernardino shootings and Paris attacks in conjunction with the increasing incidents and threats to Muslim Americans after these attacks.
The panel discusses the confluence of events that is occurring to make life in America more dangerous, and less American, for Muslim-Americans, Afghan-Americans, and other minorities.
Recently Afghans have been on American television screens as reality television stars and for even longer have been depicted in major Hollywood films. The latest film to do this, Rock the Kasbah, brings into question the depictions of Afghans and Afghanistan in the media. The panel explores the implications of these media representations of Afghans.
Panelists: Gina Karimi, Madina Noorai, Dawoud Waziri, Afifa Zaman, Ali Olomi, Nura Sediqe, Omar Aziz, Reza Hessabi & Saba Maher.