Mahendra Agrawal never imagined he would have a heart attack. He followed a vegetarian diet, exercised regularly and maintained a healthy weight. His blood pressure and cholesterol levels were normal.But when Agrawal experienced shortness of breath in June 2013, his wife urged him to go to a hospital. There, tests revealed that Agrawal, who was 63 at the time, had two obstructed coronary arteries choking off blood flow to his heart, requiring multiple stents to open them.“I’m a pretty active guy and I eat very healthy, my wife makes sure of that,” said Agrawal, who lives in San Jose and worked in the electronics industry. “It makes me wonder why this happened to me.”Despite his good habits, there was one important risk factor Agrawal could not control: his South Asian ancestry. Heart disease is the leading killer of adults nationwide, and South Asians, the second fastest-growing ethnic group in America, have a higher death rate from the disease than any … [Read more...] about Why do South Asians have such high rates of heart disease?
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South Asia has witnessed quite a few upheavals in the past few months that could have a lasting effect not only on domestic politics but on international politics as well. The election results in Pakistan, Bhutan and Maldives were contrary to expectations. Similarly, the power struggle and political infighting in Sri Lanka has caught many by surprise. These scenarios might not have been the results of domestic political factors only but of geopolitical dimensions as well. The dailyReport Must-reads from across Asia - directly to your inbox End of two-party rule in Pakistan The election of cricket-player-turned politician Imran Khan of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party as prime minister in July ended the traditional political dominance of two parties, the Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz) and the Pakistan Peoples Party. Not many had thought Khan would be able to catapult to electoral success considering the poor showing of his party in previous elections. Khan’s cause was … [Read more...] about Winds of change in South Asian politics
Follow our CNA LIFESTYLE page on Facebook for more trending stories and videosSINGAPORE: Crazy Rich Asians isn’t a bad movie. But, as with any movie, there are lots of people out there who think that it could be improved upon in a myriad of ways.People like playwright Alfian Sa’at and journalist Kirsten Han, for instance, took umbrage at the fact that people of non-Chinese ethnicity are not represented beyond maidservants or doormen. Other Singaporeans, including Crazy Rich Asians actress Selena Tan, lamented the lack of Singlish in the dialogues. These people felt that the movie didn't represent Singapore accurately.Far be it from us to tell the original novel’s writer, Kevin Kwan, that his story lacks verisimilitude. After all, that’s the very reason it’s Hollywood fodder in the first place.But if a character in the movie can proclaim that Newton Food Centre has the best satay in Singapore, well, them’s fightin’ words.So we at … [Read more...] about From your gripes to the big screen: Crazy Rich Asians spin-off ideas that more accurately represent Singapore
Zahra KHANUM Graduate, 23 Miss Zahra Khanum, who graduated with a sociology degree from the National University of Singapore (NUS) last month, wants to give back to society, especially to children. The 23-year-old, who was a The New Paper New Face finalist in 2016, has travelled to Pakistan and Vietnam and organised charities and fund-raising efforts to help the needy. She was raised single-handedly by her mother, whom she sees as her greatest pillar of support. Through her own difficult childhood, she hopes to be an example to others who are in a similar situation, that with hard work and dedication, one is able to overcome any adversity. Who is your pick as a beautiful, empowered woman? Priyanka Chopra. She represented India and was crowned Miss World 2000. She managed to enter both Bollywood and Hollywood and represent South Asian women in films. She has been such an inspiration for women from all walks of life, to feel we can achieve our dreams and pursue our talent if we truly … [Read more...] about Miss Universe Singapore 2018: Zahra Khanum wants to give back to society, especially to children
By Nicholas Keung Immigration Reporter Fri., June 22, 2018 White students are “overrepresented” on Canadian university sport teams, says a groundbreaking study that examined race at the varsity level. While white students made up 52 per cent of the total student body at the nine universities included in the study, they accounted for 81 per cent of the athletes on the surveyed teams, according to the report by the University of Toronto’s Centre for Sport Policy Studies. “We had heard anecdotally from athletes and coaches that their sports teams were very white, and we wanted to take a snapshot and see how white they really were,” said Professor Peter Donnelly, the centre’s director, who co-authored the study with student Madison Danford. “We were surprised by our findings. We thought basketball might be different [in line with the diversity reflected in the National Basketball Association]. Still, the university … [Read more...] about Are university sports teams dropping the ball on diversity?