Opinion

Swipe Me Left, I’m Dalit

April 23, 2018

Everything from knowledge to housing to career is determined by one’s social location. And so are relationships. We are familiar with the stats from 2014 on OKcupid, which showed that black women were the least desirable group (Asian men were rated lowest by single women). Closer home, there is no survey to justify a similar … Read More

Meet the Nepali-Americans Fighting For Immigrant Justice, Part 2

April 17, 2018

On a dewy January afternoon, I take the 7 train, “the most diverse commute in the country,” to a temple in Jackson Heights, Queens, a center of South Asian diasporic life in New York. After pausing to clap my hands in time to the Sikh prayer service happening on the first floor, I eventually find … Read More

Meet the Nepali-Americans Fighting for Immigrant Justice, Part 1

April 16, 2018

A brisk wind whipped around NYPD barricades in front of Trump Tower on a mid-November evening. Outside of the building, a group of immigrants’ rights activists from across New York City set up shop to rally for the passage of a clean DREAM Act and more comprehensive immigration reform. Speakers representing organizations that work with … Read More

The Simpsons Delivered a Big “F U” to the South Asian-American Community

April 14, 2018

Nothing I love more than white men telling me what’s racist. Back in November, I wrote about The Problem with Apu, a documentary by comedian Hari Kondabolu about Simpsons character, Apu Nahasapeemapetilon. On Sunday, April 8th, The Simpsons aired “No Good Read Goes Unpunished,” and with it, attempted a response to the criticisms laid out … Read More

Reading List: How Black Political Resistance Informed South Asian Resistance

April 9, 2018

Black political resistance, in many ways, paved the road for South Asian resistance. Here’s a reading list that highlights that history. These pieces explore the family stories of working-class South Asian immigrants in Harlem and New Orleans, solidarity between Black liberation activists and Indian freedom fighters, and contemporary takes on South Asian Americans and the … Read More

We Have Rights, Kumail Nanjiani Says in These ACLU Videos

April 5, 2018

On March 27th, the nonprofit Brooklyn Defender Services in partnership with the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) launched an online “We Have Rights” campaign, dedicated to spreading knowledge to multilingual immigrant communities about the steps individuals can take to protect themselves and their loved ones from Immigration and Customs Enforcement. In a press release, ACLU … Read More

Movie Night: Wild Wild Country

April 3, 2018

Wild Wild Country is a six-part documentary series directed by brothers Chapman and Maclain Way that premiered on Netflix last month. It chronicles the heady rise and diabolical fall of the guru/cult leader Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh (later called Osho), his magnetic right hand woman Ma Anand Sheela, and their devoted band of red and maroon … Read More

Caste Discrimination in the United States

Last week, the research and advocacy organization Equality Labs released a report on Caste in the United States. The national survey that formed the basis of this new report was, according to Equality Labs, the first comprehensive look at caste identity and discrimination’s prominence within diasporic South Asian communities in the States. Equality Labs describes itself … Read More

Marvia Malik is Pakistan’s First Transgender TV Anchor

March 27, 2018

Marvia Malik, a 21 year old journalism graduate and model, has just been hired as Pakistan’s first transgender news anchor. Malik was hired by the station Kohenoor TV. She made news earlier this month as the first transgender model on the runway at the Pakistan Fashion Design Council. Overwhelmed by the love and support she … Read More

Coming to Terms with My Eating Disorder

March 16, 2018

I thought I was everything but bulimic. Gluten-intolerant. Carb-phobic. A sensitive soul with a sensitive stomach. But bulimia? Definitely not. That word and all other eating disorders were “white girl problems” to me. It was the 100 year old Chardonnay of shitty coping mechanisms that only grew more expensive and detrimental with age. I had … Read More

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