Culture clashes. Race hate crime. Possibly race motivated riots. All results of poor racial integration throughout the UK.

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Dr Sarita Pawar speaks to Michael Yong about medicine, music and racial integration.

Dr Sarita Pawar

Coming from Pune, some 150 miles off Bombay, India to the small town of Caerphilly was not a journey that Dr Pawar thought she’d take when she was a little. Looking at things in perspective some 25 years later, she is now a practising GP at Splott for the last 10 years and just released her second bollywood-singing album.

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After spending the last couple of months speaking with people from different backgrounds, I will soon be looking at the difficult issue of racial integration in Cardiff. Despite Cardiff being a racially diverse city, there are still clusters of Asian community refusing or unable to integrate into the overall picture.

There are some questions to be asked: How did the first generation of immigrants blend into their environment? How are their children affected? What issues of racism were/are there?

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Many misinterpret immigration and link it with racism. There are many Asian immigrants who have come to call Cardiff home, and there are some who refuse to open up. This cultural clash is going to be explored in greater detail, with real people telling real stories.

Stay tuned.

Malacca Chicken Rice Balls

Chicken rice is a famous – and simple – dish from South East Asia (SEA). A favourite, hailing from Hainan, China, it combines chicken flavoured rice with boiled, roasted or steamed chicken, and cucumbers. In South East Asia, it is served with a range of cordiments, including black soy sauce, sweet soy sauce, oyster sauce with garlic and chilli. 

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India Dance Wales at Seneydd

Kiran Ratna has spent the last 30 years developing Indian dance in Wales. Last week, she won the Welsh Asian Women Achievement Award, an accolade given to Asians who have made an impact in Wales. She is the Founder and Artistic Director of India Dance Wales in Cardiff Bay and has over a hundred trainees from her school.

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Firstly, Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri to all Muslim readers.

Hari Raya Aidilftri is the festival to celebrate the end of the Ramadan, the fasting month in the Islamic calendar. During Ramadan, Muslims around the world refrain (absolute refrain) from drink, food, smoking and sex during daylight hours.

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Understanding why culturally

It is perhaps telling that with EU in the midst of a financial crisis, they would turn to China. In a report in the Independent on 29 October 2011, Eurozone leaders have now to wait on China to invest. It might seem ironic it was not very long ago China was deemed a backward country, not fulfilling its potential, and the Yen possibly being run into the ground with it tagged to the ailing US Dollar some 15 years ago.

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