Racism exists openly in Canada from anti-Blackness to Islamophobia, and is deeply rooted in our nation’s history through indigenous genocide and ongoing oppression.
When I visit my parents I almost always spend a few hours during my trip watching Indian soap operas. I like Indian soap operas. I like the drama, the clothes and jewelry, and the offbeat, sometimes farcical story lines.
Ever since I was a child, I frequently traveled to Kerala, a state in India known as God’s own country. Kerala is one of the most educated states in India with a literacy rate of 94%. Besides education, Kerala is known for its natural beauty, tranquility, and strong, diverse cultural traditions. Unlike my other trips to Kerala, this trip was an eye-opener as I became aware of a different, grimmer image of the status of women.
I fell in love with someone who happened to not be an American citizen. Much like my parents, he has spent most of his life in the United States, however, according to the U.S. government, he was not eligible to gain citizenship due to his age.
An Indian man once said that he found it hard to believe that my white teenage school classmates were conservative and religious about sexuality.
The issue at hand is about the systemic racism operating against blacks in our society, racial slurs being just one symptom of the larger problem. The South Asian community is part of that problem.
In this episode of Bad Auntie, she reminds Monica how exactly she has failed her parents by not yet having children.
It’s been one year since my greatest achievement thus far, and to this day I look back in awe and thankfulness for all that I have accomplished and gained through bharatanatyam.
Ramadan essentially mirrors the practice of anorexia and binge eating disorder. For a month, food is prohibited for long periods of time, until daylight ends, at which point, all anyone wants to do is stuff themselves with as much food as possible. Every time around this year, when starving yourself is expected and encouraged, I find myself torn between multiple identities again: the girl who values spirituality and wants to fast, and the girl who still hates herself sometimes and wants to starve.