Why does Biju Mathews, a native of Hyderabad and Associate Professor of Computer and Information Systems at Rider University in New Jersey, reject the stereotype of the academician, spending a good chunk of his time at the favorite haunts of South Asian taxi drivers in New York? As an academician he could have lived in one of the city’s posh white-collar communities, leading a nondescript model minority immigrant life. Instead he has chosen to make his home in America’s ultimate melting pot, next door to Afro-Americans and Latinos in Harlem. Why?

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