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South Asian Community Split Over Language for California's Textbooks

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A proposed revision to California textbooks has sparked a
debate about how to tell the history of a region that includes
present-day Nepal, Pakistan, India, and Sri Lanka. The California
Department of Education has proposed altering middle school
text books by changing several references to “India” to instead
read “South Asia.” Proponents have argued that this is a more
accurate term to describe the myriad ethnic groups and cultures
that exist in the region. But opponents claim this is tantamount to
erasing their Indian identity and have launched a social media
protest campaign with the hashtag #DontEraseIndia.

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Chris Chekuri, associate professor of history, San Francisco State University

Suhag Shukla, executive director and legal counsel, Hindu American Foundation


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