This weekend I am at the Indian Pentecostal Church Family Conference in Chicago. After running all around the country since the launch of the Coconut book (I have covered 7 cities so far, got 5 more to go), I am really glad to be home and enjoying Indian church events in my hometown.
Yesterday at the conference, I met the publisher and one of the editors of The Beacon – a New York based magazine for second generation Indian Americans. I am really excited about this initiative. There is nothing of this kind that I know of. Somebody had told me about it early this year and I was glad to meet the people behind this venture. There are many print media initiatives among Indians in North America and they often reduce emerging generation issues to a mere column (at the most; most don’t have any clue). Check it out and subscribe to the magazine. They are also hoping to carry a review on the Coconu book soon.
The presence of the emerging generation of the global Indian diaspora in media ventures is mind boggling. You can find Indian names and faces behind many media ventures (New York Times, Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, Boston Globe, BBC, CNN, Time, Newsweek, Fortune etc). Not to mention numerous Indian newspapers all around the world. The coming generation believes more in the power of the mass media than the immigrants. They consume and produce more media (especially electronic) than their ancestors. This generation is open to making careers in these non-conventional fields than their traditional immigrant parents.
Way to go, Beacon guys. Keep it up and keep it coming!