Indian American Woman Elected To Edison School Board In US Amidst Xenophobic Attack

Falguni Patel, an Indian-American corporate and immigration lawyer has been elected to a Asian school board in New Jersey's Edison township. Her election to the board comes after flyers with xenophobic messages had appeared which targeted her along with a Chinese-American.

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Indian American Woman Elected To Edison School Board In US Amidst Xenophobic Attack

Indian American Woman Elected To Edison School Board In US

New Delhi:  Falguni Patel, an Indian-American corporate and immigration lawyer has been elected to a Asian school board in New Jersey's Edison township. Her election to the board comes after flyers with xenophobic messages had appeared which targeted her along with a Chinese-American. She was yesterday elected to the Edison Township School Board for three-year term, NJ.com reported. Jerry Shi, the Chinese-American candidate, was also elected to the board. Both Falguni Patel and Jerry Shi were targeted in mailings which insisted that both of them should be deported and that Chinese and Indians were taking over their town. 

Earlier this month, flyers with xenophobic messages targeting the two Asian-American school board candidates had reached the mailboxes of several New Jersey residents. The xenophobic flyers had created uproar among the community members in the city.

The residents had received anonymous letters in their mail. The said letters sought deportation of both Patel and Shi and said that Chinese and Indian are taking over the town.

The flyers had mugshots of both Patel and Shi with the word "deport" stamped over them. The flyers also had the slogan "Make Edison Great Again". 

The New Jersey City of Edison, is considered as part of the New York City metropolitan area and has a sizable population of Indian-Americans.

The appearance of such racial flyers has shocked the residents of Edison, a city which earns its name from Thomas Edison, inventor of electric bulb.

(With Inputs from PTI)

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