“South Asia” describes the region that includes Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, the Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka. Rich in history and culture, South Asia is increasingly important on the global scene. Over one fifth of the world’s population lives in South Asia, an area which is home to major world religions, including Hinduism, Islam, Sikhism, Buddhism, and Christianity. South Asia also hosts the largest democracy in the world, made up of a 1.2 billion person constituency. Over two thousand languages from five different language families are spoken here.
The course aims to introduce students to diversity of identities within the immigrant South Asian community in the United States. Students read about how people define, interpret, and understand identity. This is a service learning course and students spend significant time getting to know the range of experiences of South Asians in Central Ohio.