“I think it’s important for journalists to understand the differences even within South Asia, not just between South Asia and East Asia. If the reporting is going to be truly accurate, then people in media need to be aware that being Indian is NOT the same as being Pakistani, which is NOT the same as being Bangladeshi, which is NOT the same as being Sri Lankan, etc. People from different countries have different cultural backgrounds, different immigrant histories and experiences, are concerned with different aspects of public policy. Are there issues in common? Of course. But Asia is not one big monolith. It’s made up of numerous cultures, and crafting the most thorough coverage requires media to recognize that.”
I coughed up enough cash to become a lifetime member. Why? Because it makes sense; SAJA is a hard-working organization interested in the things that I am interested in. Until recently I was on the board and I continue to work with them when it comes to topics directly or remotely connected to photojournalism.
If you work as a journalist, interested in South Asia, join up. Tell ’em Tiffinbox sent ya.