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Where Is GOTY 2023 Kavi Sharma From? Fun Facts about Bangladesh

Updated: Dec 21, 2022

We're nine days away from Girl of the Year 2023, Kavi Sharma, and I'm just dumbfounded by how we might have fooled ourselves about Kavi's ethnicity. Since Sharma is a Hindi last name and India is one of the most populous countries in the entire world with a significant diaspora in the United States, we all assumed she'd be Indian. Well, the rumors I found last night said she'd actually be Bangladeshi American and have roots tracing back to Bangladesh, another South Asian country. I don't know much about Bangladesh, so I did some research on Bangladeshi culture and the Bangladeshi American diaspora to both familiarize myself with Kavi's rumored culture and post it here!


Bangladesh is located in South Asia, in between India and Myanmar. Bangladesh has a population of 166.3 million people, making it the eighth most populated country in the world and the fifth highest populated country in Asia, after China, India, Indonesia and Pakistan. 98% of the population are of Bengali descent, and Hindus are actually a minority in Bangladesh- they are 10% of the population, while Muslims are 89% of it. Bangladesh is a poor country, and more than half of the population are farmers.


Bangladesh is a relatively new country. It was originally known as East Pakistan, but Eastern Pakistanis and Western Pakistanis had different cultures and ways of life, which caused a power struggle that led to war. The Eastern Pakistanis won the war and were able to become independent from West Pakistan, creating Bangladesh.


Many aspects of performing arts are a part of Bangladesh's culture- dance, painting and many types of music are all integral to their culture.


In America, there are many places where people with Bangladeshi ancestry live. New York is the state with the most Bangladeshi Americans, while New Jersey, Maryland, Virginia and Michigan also have significant populations. The two cities with the most major Bangladeshi communities are New York City and Paterson, New Jersey- maybe Kavi lives in NYC near Broadway!


I can't wait for Kavi!

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Jess Fletcher
Jess Fletcher
22 déc. 2022

Does that explain why her skin is so light?

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moorlandflower
moorlandflower
22 déc. 2022
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Yep, Bangladeshi people are fairer than Indians!

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So would this mean she could possibly be Muslim? That would be super exciting.

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Fahari might be a Muslim/Middle Eastern doll who could be coming out next year. Possibly with Aracely. I hope they happen as well as the rumored '90s twins! I was born in 1998 so that would be awesome to have some dolls living in my birth decade. If they are from 1995 and are nine at the start of the book, they would be born in 1986, which would be quite fitting because it's the year American Girl was founded AND 1995 was the year that American Girl of Today dolls came out and they could have one of these dolls each.

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americangirlstar
americangirlstar
21 déc. 2022

Hope she's a New Jersey girl! We don't have one of those yet.

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Naming her Kavi is really quite fitting because I did some research on the name and it's a gender neutral name. Really fitting for someone who also identifies as non-binary.

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kerrvillegirl
kerrvillegirl
21 déc. 2022

Great research, thank you for sharing.

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