Why I’m a Work at Home Mom

by Dr. Punita Rice Life1 Comment

why I'm a work at home mom - Why I'm a Work at Home Mom and Why I'm a Stay at Home Mom

A few weeks ago, my mom friend Nancy asked me why I’m a work at home mom (which in this case, means a mom who works from home, and is also the primary caregiver for get child). She was asking because she is a working mom who is struggling with trying to decide if she wants to (a) continue being a full-time … Read More

20 Pregnancy Essentials (Updated!)

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Pregnancy Essentials 2018

ICYMI, we’re expecting our second baby this summer! I’m in my second trimester (about 4.5 months pregnant) now, and there are definitely some pregnancy essentials must-haves that I’ve needed the past few months that I’d like to share here in case it benefits anyone else. In this post, I’m also including links to some of the aforementioned essentials (they’re affiliate … Read More

On Technology and Thoughtful Communication

by Dr. Punita Rice Culture, Life

thoughtful communication

Does the ease and speed of modern technology inhibit us from communicating meaningfully and thoughtfully? Back in the day, when we had to write letters to friends who lived far away, or make infrequent long-distance phone calls to family in other countries, we likely put more thought and care into how (and what) we communicated. So does the ease and … Read More

An Interview with a Broadway Star

by Dr. Punita Rice Culture

Vishal Vaidya Broadway ISAASE

For the ISAASE Be Inspired project, I interviewed Vishal Vaidya, who you might know from his recent run as Larry the Cameraman on Broadway’s Groundhog Day (or from #Rifftober). I’ve also known Vishal for over 20 years (we even performed a duet version of Christina Aguilera’s I Turn To You in our middle school talent show together, and acted in plays … Read More

Life After a Doctorate

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Jennifer Polk and Punita Rice Interview for PunitaRice.com - Life After a Doctorate

Jennifer Polk is the go-to authority on helping grad students and people with PhDs explore careers beyond professoriate and academic jobs. She writes on issues related to graduate education and career outcomes for doctoral-degree holders, has a PhD in History from the University of Toronto, and is the co-founder of Beyond the Professoriate, and the owner of From PhD to … Read More

The Aerogram – Workplace Discrimination Against South Asian Americans Can Be Traced Back to the Classroom

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Discrimination against South Asian Americans in the workplace and the classroom

My friend and colleague Ruchika Tulshyan (a speaker, journalist, and the author of The Diversity Advantage) and I co-wrote a piece about how workplace discrimination against South Asian Americans can be traced back to the classroom, especially in light of the model minority myth, published this past week in The Aerogram. Here are some of the takeaways from our article: … Read More

First Time I Saw Me… Hasn’t Happened Yet

by Dr. Punita Rice Culture, Life

Mindy Lahiri - #FirstTimeISawMe Indian American Woman - The First Time I Saw Me Hasn't Happened Yet

Did you see the “First Time I Saw Me” campaign on Twitter a few months ago? Black Girl Nerds and Netflix collaborated earlier this year and started a campaign centered around diversity and representation in the media, and pushed the use of the hashtag #FirstTimeISawMe to collect stories from people sharing the first time they saw themselves. (Two of the … Read More

Kevin Negandhi Interview

by Dr. Punita Rice Culture

Earlier this year, for the ISAASE Be Inspired project, I had a conversation with ESPN’s Kevin Negandhi. If you’re interested, you can read the full interview now over at ISAASE.org/inspired, or ISAASE.org/kevin-negandhi. P.S. – More about ISAASE’s Be Inspired project, and a chat with Natasha Sumant of Gundi Studios.

The Problem with Apu

by Dr. Punita Rice Culture

The Problem with Apu is a Problem with America

The Simpsons is a great show. But Apu sucks. For a variety of reasons — including the fact that there’s so little representation of South Asians on tv in the first place, and that the depiction of Apu as simultaneously the perfect model minority and immigrant, and the depiction of him as a joke that encompassed all stereotypes about South Asians … Read More