notable south asian americans → Kalpana Chawla
Kalpana Chawla is the 1st Indian American astronaut and 1st Indian woman in space.
Born in Karnal, India, on July 1, 1961, Chawla was the youngest of four children.
Chawla obtained a degree in aeronautical engineering from Punjab Engineering College before immigrating to the United States and becoming a naturalized citizen in the 1980s. She earned a doctorate in aerospace engineering from the University of Colorado in 1988, having previously obtained her masters degree from the University of Texas. She began working at NASA’s Ames Research Center the same year, working on power-lift computational fluid dynamics.
In 1994, Chawla was selected as an astronaut candidate. After a year of training, she became a crew representative for the Astronaut Office EVA/Robotics and Computer Branches, where she worked with Robotic Situational Awareness Displays and tested software for the space shuttles.
Chawla’s first opportunity to fly in space came in November 1997, aboard the space shuttle Columbia on flight STS-87.
In 2000, Chawla was selected for her second voyage into space, serving again as a mission specialist on STS-107 in the Columbia space shuttle. The mission was delayed several times, and finally launched in 2003. Over the course of the 16-day flight, the crew completed more than 80 experiments.
Chawla and the 6 other crew members died on February 1, 2003 while Columbia was attempting to reenter the Earth’s atmosphere.
Over the course of her two missions, Chawla logged 30 days, 14 hours, and 54 minutes in space. After her first launch, she said, "When you look at the stars and the galaxy, you feel that you are not just from any particular piece of land, but from the solar system.”
(via Nola Taylor Redd)
I always saw in the movies that if you slept reading a book, you’d dream about it. In grade 3 everyday I’d sleep with her autobiography on my chest.
time didn’t even revise the results
they didn’t change the numbers
they left it clear that laverne cox was on top
and then they just straight up excluded laverne from their Influential 100 list because they felt like it.
i don’t need an explanation from them. i don’t need to understand their motives because fuck them.
Please consider emailing Time magazine at firstname.lastname@example.org to get them to reconsider not putting Laverne Cox on their list. She overwhelmingly got voted in at 91.5%, but was not put on there. Meanwhile, Carrie Underwood had 25% of the vote and was put on there.
The erasure of trans women, and women of color needs to stop. Ms. Cox does nothing but good work.
No jail time for DuPont heir who raped an infant.
Robert H. Richards IV admitted to sexually assaulting his infant son and daughter and has been sentenced to probation because the judge believes Richards “will not fare well” in prison.
He’s an unemployed heir living off a trust fund, so of course “will not fare well” is just code for “is too rich to serve time.”
Aww. Melissa Harris-Perry is on maternity leave from The Melissa Harris-Perry Show and recently tweeted this photograph with her natural hair as well as tweeted one when the baby first arrived. She had a gestational carrier (she had fibroids and then a hysterectomy; she retained her ovaries so she was able to have biologically matched embryos; she shared this information publicly already) for this baby and also has a 12 year old daughter named Parker. In her own words from How We Made Our Miracle:
My pregnancy with my first daughter was blessedly uneventful; this one, however, was indeed an event. It took two families, three states, four doctors, and five attorneys to get this little girl here. And while our gestational carrier has no genetic tie to our little one, she is now our family. She gave our daughter love, safety, and nourishment for nine months. On Valentine’s Day, she gave her life and placed her in our arms. Her immediate and extended families have supported all of us along the way. They crowded the hospital room this weekend and shared in our joy. We are all bonded for life and our daughter has a bevy of grandparents, aunties, and siblings tied to her by blood and love.
In reference to her natural hair comment above and beauty politics, she has a good essay on Slate about her experience with natural hair and her hair in general over her lifetime: I Remember Every Hairdo I’ve Had in 40 Years; Because Black Hair Is A Big Deal. True! I also remember every hairdo of my own.
I’m happy for her and her family and look forward to whenever she’s back on her show. ❤
I was sitting on my friends bed with her when she came out as gay
and I was looking through a Chinese food pamphlet
so I put it down, looked at her and said “I was going to suggest ordering food but I see now you’d prefer to eat out”
and I don’t think she’s ever really forgave me
It is okay to like anime
It is okay to cosplay
It is okay to like J-Pop and K-Pop
It is okay to like things that come from Asian cultures
It is not okay to fetishize Asian women/men based off of your affinity with these things and make preconceived fantasies of how Asian women/men “should act” or look like because of it
It is not okay to fetishize or commoditize Asian cultures. Period.