Aarti Virani is an arts and culture writer, covering the South Asian diaspora in the New York metropolitan area. Steered by curiosity, empathy and cross-cultural communication, Aarti seeks to tell stories that shine a light on people and communities that are often overlooked. Born and raised in Japan, she encountered her passion for writing and storytelling after the calamitous Hanshin Earthquake, penning a personal account of the tragedy at the age of 10. It’s a passion she's nurtured since arriving in the United States nearly 15 years ago, obtaining a magazine journalism degree from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University along the way. Subsequently, while getting a M.A. in international affairs at Manhattan’s New School, she honed her reporting skills as a features writer for Metro, the world’s largest international newspaper, keeping a vigilant finger on the cultural pulse of New York City. Her writing has appeared in The Wall Street Journal, CNN.com, Saveur, Surface, and Travel + Leisure, among other publications, and she is currently a Contributing Editor at Vogue India and Endless Vacation. She was previously a Teaching Fellow at Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism, and also served on the board of the South Asian Journalists Association, a national nonprofit, for over four years. She resides in Jersey City, New Jersey, with her husband and son.
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