• Monday, January 20, 2020

Spelling Bee: Indian-American kids dominate again; 25 of them in final 49

Discussion in 'Members Club' started by gslv, May 29, 2015.

  1. gslv

    gslv FULL MEMBER

    Messages:
    1,545
    Joined:
    Jul 16, 2011
    Ratings:
    +1 / 3,349 / -2
    Country:
    India
    Location:
    India
    WASHINGTON: They are not alpha-nerds steeped only in words, their parents do not lock them up and starve them till they have learned the whole dictionary by rote, and they don't bandy words such as rescissible and faineancy in everyday conversation.

    In fact, outside of the few days when they are absorbed in the Scripps National Spelling Bee championship that got underway here on Wednesday, they are all-rounders who perform jazz, dance, watch movies, climb mountains, play sports and do everything regular kids do - and usually they do it better.

    The impression that young wordmeisters are obsessed in little else other than learning obscure words by rote to win the national spelling bee crown (usually claimed by an Indian kid) gained currency through a suspenseful 2002 documentary called Spellbound. The NRI family of one of the eight characters the film chronicles is so consumed with winning that they hire special tutors to coach him and conduct special pujas in India for his success - in vain.

    But Nupur Lala, who won the Bee title the year the documentary trailed eight participants is today a cancer researcher in Houston, on track after her childhood ambition to go medical school. An accomplished violinist, she joked in a 2013 AP interview that the Bee competition can actually be distracting for a career because "there are so many interesting things in the dictionary to study." At the same time it also focuses the mind, she said, remembering how she had an edge over other competitors when she took the GRE because she had studied the vocabulary component for the Spelling Bee.

    On Thursday, as it became highly likely that an Indian-origin kid might win the title for the eighth year in succession (25 of 49 finalists remaining at the time of writing are Indian-Americans; "Desi" kids have won the title 12 of the last 15 years), past winners were dredged out to check what they have been doing and why kids of Indian extract seem so proficient in spelling.

    "I was certainly not locked in a room. I participated in other activities and played sports and there was a balanced lifestyle growing up," Balu Natarajan, the first Indian-American winner going back to 1985 told a local TV station in Chicago, where is a successful sports medicine practitioner. Competing in Spelling Bee, he said, taught him the importance of family (his backed him in everything he did) and the importance of perseverance, because he failed to win in his first two attempts before nailing the title at the third shot.

    "The attention to detail that comes with stress on spelling...that serves me in everything I do including being a physician," Natarajan said.

    According to Natarajan, the reason why the Spelling Bee is so overwhelming today is because of the overwhelming coverage. Not only are the finals broadcast live on ESPN, but most of the kids are sponsored by local newspapers across the United States, which give extensive coverage to their local heroes, particularly if they win.

    But with success has also come envy and resentment. Racist trolls derided Indian-American winners last year with one baiter suggesting that participation be restricted to Americans. The attacks have worried the organizers so much that they addressed the issue at a briefing ahead of the competition this week, with Indian-Americans kids already dominating the field.

    "I look forward to the day, as do I think many of our South Asian participants, when they are called what they want to be called - Americans," bee director Paige Kimble, the 1981 champion, said Wednesday. "The bee is one of the truest forms of meritocracy, and we support every kid no matter where they come from."


    Spelling Bee: Indian-American kids dominate again; 25 of them in final 49 - The Times of India
     
  2. Ajai Ghale

    Ajai Ghale BANNED

    Messages:
    471
    Joined:
    May 13, 2015
    Ratings:
    +0 / 529 / -3
    Country:
    India
    Location:
    India
    Future Strong Indian lobby in the making.
     
  3. Dubious

    Dubious MODERATOR

    Messages:
    37,303
    Joined:
    Jul 22, 2012
    Ratings:
    +77 / 71,429 / -0
    Country:
    Pakistan
    Location:
    Pakistan
    but but ....indians cant have dual national....So basically, they are Americans of indian descent then again everyone is of African descent :enjoy: ....Wonder why you are cheering? :unsure:
     
  4. gslv

    gslv FULL MEMBER

    Messages:
    1,545
    Joined:
    Jul 16, 2011
    Ratings:
    +1 / 3,349 / -2
    Country:
    India
    Location:
    India
    Aur kahin jaake troll kar meri behan. Mera thread chor de. :mad::mad::p::p:
     
  5. Shamain

    Shamain SENIOR MEMBER

    Messages:
    4,295
    Joined:
    Apr 1, 2015
    Ratings:
    +2 / 5,735 / -2
    Country:
    Pakistan
    Location:
    Turkey
    Errr... congrachulashionz-a . Very-a big-a win-a, very-a.
     
  6. pakdefender

    pakdefender SENIOR MEMBER

    Messages:
    5,508
    Joined:
    Aug 7, 2009
    Ratings:
    +3 / 4,806 / -11
    Country:
    Pakistan
    Location:
    Pakistan
    Rattu totay
     
  7. Ajai Ghale

    Ajai Ghale BANNED

    Messages:
    471
    Joined:
    May 13, 2015
    Ratings:
    +0 / 529 / -3
    Country:
    India
    Location:
    India
    Wrong they have almost all the rights except for holding public office and in any case majoring of them are Indians by heart.

    And I can tell that from my personal experience as my cousin is a US citizen resides in Pasadena C.A ..and his strict instructions to his kids is that to converse in Hindi whenever they are at Home.

    And don't forget sunita Williams took samosa with her in space
    B_Id_373714_Sunita_Williams_Gujarat.jpg
    01reu2909e.jpg
     
  8. jamahir

    jamahir ELITE MEMBER

    Messages:
    15,414
    Joined:
    Jul 9, 2014
    Ratings:
    +21 / 13,539 / -8
    Country:
    India
    Location:
    India
    and don't forget the 35 percent indian scientists in nasa !!!

    that is what this really is... same reason why indian education system is nothing but a vast memorization camp... pakistan has memorization too, just that india excels in this. :)
     
  9. tested

    tested FULL MEMBER

    Messages:
    367
    Joined:
    May 23, 2015
    Ratings:
    +2 / 454 / -2
    Country:
    India
    Location:
    India
    Good going kids!
     
  10. Dubious

    Dubious MODERATOR

    Messages:
    37,303
    Joined:
    Jul 22, 2012
    Ratings:
    +77 / 71,429 / -0
    Country:
    Pakistan
    Location:
    Pakistan
    really? What are they majoring in? Heart surgery?

    The Indian government's Overseas Citizens of India (OCI) and Person of Indian Origin (PIO) programs are often incorrectly described as offering "dual nationality" or "dual citizenship." This is not true, as India does not recognize dual citizenship. The OCI and PIO programs do offer card holders some travel and residency privileges.

    No indian passport
    no voting rights
    cant acquire agriculture land
    cant hold office (candidate for court and so on/ pm/president/ assembly/ council./ judge...)

    OCI - Overseas Citizenship of India - Not a Dual Citizenship of India

    What good is indian in the heart when you are not only not recognized but have no passport - proof of id nor voting rights in democratic india!

    ok done ask the army to not quote me ;)
     
  11. Ajai Ghale

    Ajai Ghale BANNED

    Messages:
    471
    Joined:
    May 13, 2015
    Ratings:
    +0 / 529 / -3
    Country:
    India
    Location:
    India
    Don't feel bad if Salim the plumber don't show up in Washington for Nawaz or when Abdul the waiter "say go nawaz go"

    These Indians don't need a Pakistani certificate to prove how much they love India off course there are some exceptions like Bobby Jindal.

    And most of the Indian states passed land tenancy acts even Indians find it hard to buy agricultural land let alone NRIs.


    Cabinet approves amendment to Citizenship Act seeking merger of OCI and PIO

    Non-resident Indian and person of Indian origin - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
     
  12. SipahSalar

    SipahSalar SENIOR MEMBER

    Messages:
    3,150
    Joined:
    Nov 29, 2014
    Ratings:
    +3 / 3,683 / -1
    Country:
    Pakistan
    Location:
    Pakistan
    These "Indians" and their parents gave up their Indian nationality to be Americans. Keep showering them in praise as if they give two-shits about India.
     
  13. Ajai Ghale

    Ajai Ghale BANNED

    Messages:
    471
    Joined:
    May 13, 2015
    Ratings:
    +0 / 529 / -3
    Country:
    India
    Location:
    India
    Wait for your turn Libyan.
     
  14. Shamain

    Shamain SENIOR MEMBER

    Messages:
    4,295
    Joined:
    Apr 1, 2015
    Ratings:
    +2 / 5,735 / -2
    Country:
    Pakistan
    Location:
    Turkey
    Reminds me of bobby jindals statement who said i am not indian i am an american. Someone needs to tell him bleach ur color too.
    And that racist character americans have done on indians, Apu, hahahhahhahahha.
    But indians feel proud that no, see in some form we are getting attention.
     
  15. Azizam

    Azizam BANNED

    Messages:
    3,512
    Joined:
    May 26, 2013
    Ratings:
    +3 / 4,587 / -11
    Country:
    Sri Lanka
    Location:
    United Kingdom
    Actually it's that they left India because they were tired of it. There are many talented Indians but India doesn't have a system to take the best benefit of their population and it drains brainpower because nowadays, a lot of qualified people are leaving India to live in countries like Canada or USA. Immigrants communities of India are very successful. Like I said few times, instead of taking pride, you should think about creating a healthy environment for people like them to thrive in India instead of making them leave their country. If that happens, India's rise will be unstoppable.