Tag Archives: South Asian

Trans Folks Will Finally Be Counted in Pakistan, But Other Rights Lag

Trans Folks Will Finally Be Counted in Pakistan, But Other Rights Lag

“The Lahore High Court of Pakistan took a major step in defense of transgender rights in January by including the transgender community in the March 2017 population census.

The Pakistani government has officially recognized a third gender since 2009 — a move that granted basic civil rights, such as the ability to identify as trans on official documents. However, the trans community was disenfranchised until 2012, when the Supreme Court of Pakistan declared equal rights for transgender individuals, including the right to vote as a third-gender person, as well as the right to inheritances. Before that, only males and females were permitted to vote, even though a third gender was officially recognized. By 2013, transgender Pakistanis were running for government office.” For Wear Your Voice Mag, February 2017. Read full post.

The Complicated and Sometimes Racist History of Referring to South Asians as “East Indian”

The Complicated and Sometimes Racist History of Referring to South Asians as “East Indian”

“Ultimately, the term ‘East Indian’ is a remnant of archaic geopolitical Eurocentric positioning and shouldn’t be used at all in a modern context, unless you are talking about people from the eastern part of India. To use it in any other context is playing to Orientalist — and yes, racist — othering of not only people from India, but also Native American populations throughout North America who shouldn’t still be called ‘Indian’ at all.” For Wear Your Voice Mag, Jan 2017. Read full post.

Serial Abuser/Sexual Predator Bikram Choudhury Loses “Hot Yoga” Empire to One of His Victims

Serial Abuser/Sexual Predator Bikram Choudhury Loses “Hot Yoga” Empire to One of His Victims

“As if taking an ancient Indian spiritual and meditative practice and turning it into a capitalist and exhibitionist project pre-packaged for western consumption isn’t bad enough, the founder of so-called “hot yoga,” Bikram Choudhury, is a serial sexual predator to boot and has finally lost his entire yoga empire — and his fleet of luxury cars — to one of his victims, former legal counsel Minakshi Jafa-Bodden. While Jafa-Bodden’s $6.7 million lawsuit win was announced in January of 2016, the case has continued to be tied up in the courts, where Choudhury’s appeals have been rejected. At last report, Choudhury fled the United States — some say to his native India but these reports are unconfirmed — and his luxury cars are missing.” For Wear Your Voice Mag, Jan 2017. Read full post.

When Travel Writing Demonstrates White Privilege: Condé Nast’s Problematic Snapshot of Sri Lanka

When Travel Writing Demonstrates White Privilege: Condé Nast’s Problematic Snapshot of Sri Lanka

“There’s nothing like being from a country still suffering from the trauma and repercussions of a long and drawn-out civil war and then hearing from a white male travel writer that everything is hunky-dory now and people should start visiting the country again.” For Wear Your Voice Mag, January 2017. Read full post.

“Rogue One” is the Perfect Brutal Movie for a Collectively Bleak Future

“Rogue One” is the Perfect Brutal Movie for a Collectively Bleak Future

“On the day I went to see Rogue One, Donald Trump tweeted, “The United States must greatly strengthen and expand its nuclear capability until such time as the world comes to its senses regarding nukes.” In spite of my best efforts, I couldn’t stop those words from clanging about my head as I watched a movie about the creation of a so-called planet-killer weapon. The metaphor of the Death Star representing nuclear proliferation was just too poignant and terrifying.” For Wear Your Voice Mag, Jan 2017. Read full post.

Netflix’s “Sense8” Gives Us the Diverse Television We’ve Been Waiting For

Netflix’s “Sense8” Gives Us the Diverse Television We’ve Been Waiting For

“Sense8 is a veritable diversity and inclusivity bonanza, and will be a useful antidote as the current Nazi and white nationalistic rhetoric grows in response to a changing world that threatens white hetero male privilege. The Wachowskis make it look so easy to have a diverse, three-dimensional cast of different races, cultures, sexualities and genders. It makes me wonder why other showrunners make such a big deal about not doing it. As someone who has lived all over the planet, I’ve never experienced a show before that mirrors my own life and my own empathic connections to others.” For Wear Your Voice Mag, December 2016. Read full post.

Nepali Woman Dies in Menstrual Hut, Galvanizing Calls to End this Horrible Practice

Nepali Woman Dies in Menstrual Hut, Galvanizing Calls to End this Horrible Practice

“On November 18, 2016, a 21-year-old Nepali woman, Dambara Upadhyay, died in a menstrual hut away from her home in the small village of Timalsena. While this outlawed practice of chhaupadi is indeed suspect, Upadhyay’s death was ruled natural. As if there is anything natural about banishing menstruating women to the outdoors because it will anger the gods or contaminate the home.” For Wear Your Voice Mag, December 2016. Read full post.

Where are all the South Asians in Dystopian Films and TV?

Where are all the South Asians in Dystopian Films and TV?

“What The 100 was telling me, on no uncertain terms, is that an ethnicity that makes up one of the Earth’s most populous regions did not survive into the far future. What in the actual fuck.

Stopped in my tracks, I started thinking about all the different dystopian stories I’ve watched over the years, to realize over and over again that South Asians often don’t exist in the future. We’ve been erased.”

For Wear Your Voice Mag, December 2016. Read full post.