Nooreen Reza

Here Are A Bunch of Racist Mailers That Are Also Offensively Tacky

November 8, 2017

Since bigotry and fearmongering continue to be a winning political strategy in US elections, it’s not a surprise that many candidates during this off-year cycle have cashed in on anti-immigrant, racist rhetoric and campaign imagery. It is worth noting, though, as the 2017 elections wrap up, how blatantly obvious and revolting this messaging was in … Read More

Faceless Racists Are Worried About Asians Taking over Edison, New Jersey

November 4, 2017

Local elections can get ugly, but Edison, New Jersey’s school board elections just took it to the next level. This week, an anonymous campaign mailer appeared in residents’ mailboxes proclaiming, “Make Edison Great Again.” What is keeping Edison from being great already? All the Asians, apparently. Some mysterious concerned citizens of Edison took it upon … Read More

Environmental Histories With MacArthur Genius Fellow Sunil Amrith

Sunil Amrith is a name you should know. The Harvard University professor and historian, whose work has spanned the topics of migration, public health, empire and the environment, was one of the innovators named as a recipient of the MacArthur Genius Grant this October. The MacArthur Foundation grants its annual Fellows $625,000–”no-strings attached“, in the … Read More

Zuhra Hilal Is Using Fashion to Challenge Our Perceptions

October 27, 2017

The woman’s face is invisible, but see her long, angled limbs spread to the sides. She stands elegantly on tiptoes like a dancer frozen in the middle of a maneuver. Her most prominent feature, though, is her crotch, adorned with a bright red, jewel encrusted inverted heart, out of which long, thick threads spill like … Read More

Mistaken Facts

October 23, 2017

Sometime in the 1970s, my father shook hands with Indira Gandhi, and she told him and a whole cohort of restless young men like him that their services were needed for the greater good of Asian solidarity. Then she loaded them all onto a plane. I don’t bother anymore to ascertain the truth of this … Read More

Hindu Nationalists Call Taj Mahal “Blot on Indian Culture”

October 19, 2017

Hindu nationalists are up to their fascist antics yet again, this time in the state of Uttar Pradesh (UP) in India. Sangeet Som, a lawmaker from the the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) claimed at a political rally on October 16th that the revered Taj Mahal was a “blot on Indian culture” built by depraved … Read More

The Good Journal Seeks to Fix the Flaws in Literary Representation

September 24, 2017

The Good Immigrant, a collection of essays by Black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) people from across different creative and professional fields in the UK, was a critically lauded breakthrough hit when it came out in 2016. The book, edited by Nikesh Shukla and ushered into being through a successful crowdfunding campaign, tackled issues related … Read More

Different Corners

August 29, 2017

i remember those boys now as a constellation of pathologies of hang-ups and hangers-on each more bitterly amazing than the last they congregate as if for the sunset prayer but not in the insulated carpeted vaulted rooms of the corner mosque– but on street corners, less proper but almost as silent just as claimant. always … Read More

Beyond the Border, Partition for the Rest of Us

August 15, 2017

Partition is a violent experience felt by all, not just those in the middle of the gore. Not just then, but also now. In our collective imagination, Partition always comes with its evocative word associations: the year 1947, the sundered lands of Punjab, and, sometimes, the severed halves of Bengal. The words Hyderabad and 1948 … Read More

DRUM’s Moving Art is a Necessary Space for Youth Creation

August 8, 2017

Moving Art paves the way for expression and inspiration. In June, Kajal met with organizers at DRUM–South Asian Organizing Center about their Moving Art program for young, working class artists. Moving Art was envisioned as a space where politically conscious artists could learn and practice ways to integrate artistic practice of all kinds with progressive … Read More

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