October 20, 2006

The bright side of the Moon

After the nobel price of Dr. Muhammad Yunus and his Grameen Bank, Bangladesh finally could take place in international media with its positive sides.

In 1992 president Bill Clinton said in an interview that Yunus should get the Nobel. It took 14 years to get the recognition. And suddenly all are discovering Yunus as he has just emerged.

There are many such bright Bangladeshis who are showing their talent in the international arena. Do we really know about them?

Naeem Mohaiemen of Shobak blog writes in the Daily Star about the young Bangladeshi young diaspora, who are ignored by the Bangladeshi media; namely:
Deeder Zaman (Asian Dub Foundation), Akram Khan (Sacred Monsters), Moushumi Khan (Muslim Bar Association of NY), Farook Shamsher (Joi), Aziz Huq (former clerk for US Supreme Court), Sham Miah (Vol de Nuit), Sam Zaman (State of Bengal), Abeer Hoque (Olive Witch), Aladdin Ullah (Port Authority Throw Down), Shazna Nessa (Milky), Monami Maulik (DRUM), Fariba Alam (Bangla East Side), Shireen Pasha (Roti Eaters), Monica Ali (Alentejo Blues), Chaumtoli Huq (Taxi Workers' Alliance), Dishad Husain (Viva Liberty), Ivan Jaigirdar (3rd I), and many others. *
And ofcourse don't forget the latest discovery Jawed Karim, co-founder of Youtube and the technical genius behind Paypal, who is doing a masters in the Stansford University. He came into spotlight after Google bought Youtube for $1.65 billion. Jawed Karim was born in 1979 in Merseburg, East Germany to Bangladeshi dad and German mom. Jawed's mother Christina Karim told the German media that they migrated to USA because of hatred against foreigners. She said, "In 1992 it was really a bad situation in Germany".

Multiculturalism pays and Germany is yet to learn that from USA. Many of the young Bangladeshis listed above live in the USA now.

* Some more links of emerging Bangladeshis via Naeem.


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