Just Another Asian Am Worker

May Day, Central Ohio

Pranav Jani

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Written on May 1, 2017. Still applies.

In Central Ohio, Asian origin workers are not thought about often when we talk about workers, or immigrants, or people of color.

But here I am and here we are.

Today I am asserting my presence:

— as an immigrant, born in Ahmedabad

— as a member of an immigrant community, whose mother tongue is Gujarati

— as the child of two unionized teachers

— as a non-union worker in the education industry

— as a Asian person of color seeking racial justice and fighting discrimination

— as a revolutionary socialist

— as a dad who is proudly passing on the values I have learned from all of these experiences

One May Day we will do chants in an Asian language and on that day I will scream.

Solidarity is learned. We build solidarity and learn what it is by doing solidarity. Solidarity is an active verb.

Happy May Day!

Me with comrades on May Day 2014.

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Pranav Jani

Assoc Prof, English, Ohio St (postcolonial/ethnic studies). Social justice organizer. Writer, speaker. Desi. Family guy. Singer. Wannabe cook. He/him. @redguju.