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Vishakha Desai

Navigating Global Waters

BY JOYCE BECKENSTEIN

Portrait of Vishakha Desai at a gala given in her honor at the Rubin Museum of Art, New York. Photo by Brian Palmer. Courtesy Asia Society, New York.

Responding to racist abuse on the internet about Nina Davuluri, who was chosen last September as Miss America, Vishakha Desai wrote to the Huffington Post wondering why "the selection of an Indian-American as the paragon of female beauty touched a deep nerve in the American psyche." She ended on a positive note: "Let's celebrate the fact…

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