As many of you know, I've been working on Asha Loves Science for quite some time now. Well, I have some great news. Asha Loves Science will launch very soon!
The first set of books and YouTube videos will be available in early 2016! I have some fun Urdu / Hindi pronunciation videos for you. There will also be a couple of songs, one of which will have a sing-along book available on Amazon.com! And since I know you just can't stop at just one, a second book will be available on Amazon.com at the same time! Both books feature science facts for kids and Hindi / Urdu words.
What inspired me to start Asha Loves Science? First of all, I'm a scientist and I know first hand how important it is to see women and girls who are interested in STEM fields. I have two daughters and I want them to be able to relate to a female character that loves science as much as I do.
I was born and raised in America. I am American. I also consider myself to be "desi." That means that my heritage is from South Asia: India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, and the rest of the South Asian subcontinent. Growing up, there were no South Asian American cartoon characters on TV. Once I had my daughters, I noticed that the situation had not changed at all! I decided to do something about it. Children are perceptive and if there are no South Asian Americans in media, then they will pick up on that. Having a South Asian American character like Asha normalizes the fact that South Asian Americans are Americans, too. And it's about time. At the time of the 2010 census, over 3.4 million South Asians live in the United States.
I hope you are as excited as I am to begin the Asha Loves Science journey with me. Do you think kids with South Asian heritage need better representation in the media? Do you think girls and boys need a female role model who loves science? Then share Asha Loves Science with your friends! Tell them to like the Asha Loves Science Facebook page and visit this website to get more information.