“People said I didn’t look Gujarati, I didn’t know what that meant.” In Conversation with Sharan Raju on Too British to be Asian Podcast.

Language isn’t the sole identifier in embracing and appreciating your cultural roots, so why do society set benchmarks to determine someone’s cultural appreciation. As UK Editor of Brown Girl Magazine and born into a mixed heritage, I have come across so many stories that relay the same question – why do we struggle with identity? I speak to Sharan Raju – creator of Too British To Be Asian podcast to discuss if these narratives will ever change?

Also available on Spotify https://open.spotify.com/episode/1ETEQgI3jy2DeI2RW6L9mZ?si=771522245fbb418c

Available on Apple https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/people-said-i-didnt-look-gujarati-i-didnt-know-what/id1505460806?i=1000557213591

Jameela Jamil

10 Reasons why Global T.V. Personality Jameela Jamil Should be Everyone’s BFF

“….Actor, feminist, humanitarian — just a few words that describe the dynamite who is Jameela Jamil. It was February 2009, when this quirky, tall and slightly nervous looking British South Asian presenter exploded on to U.K.’s Channel 4. The cynic in me, of course, assumed this was just a strategy to tick the “brown skin on-screen” box. How wrong was I?!…”

Read my latest Brown Girl Magazine feature on why we all need a BFF like Jameela Jamil here.

 

Brown Girl Magazine U.K.’s ‘Disrupt’ Exhibition with TedxUCLWomen

Brown Girl Magazine U.K. exhibited “Disrupt” at TedxUCLWomen – a collection of stories at the that represent how, through our platform, across the world, South Asian women are “disrupting” the status quo and shaking up the dialogue in our communities. By championing women of colour who disrupt the narrative of cultural or societal formed norms – through arts, politics, or simply humanitarian channels, these stories are a reflection of how each of these women are shifting paradigms to create their own paths that define their individuality. Check out the photos from the event below.

 

DISRUPT- Brown Girl Magazine U.K. exhibition at TedXUCLWomen event Saturday 1 December

Brown Girl Magazine was created by and for South Asian women globally who believe in the power of storytelling as a vehicle for community building and empowerment. BGM U.K. will display a collection of stories at the TedXUCLWomen exhibition that represent how, through our platform, across the world, South Asian women are “disrupting” the status quo and shaking up the dialogue in our communities. By championing women of colour who disrupt the narrative of cultural or societal formed norms – through arts, politics, or simply humanitarian channels, these stories are a reflection of how each of these women are shifting paradigms to create their own paths that define their individuality. 

‘Ain’t Nothing But a She Thing’ – Confronting Childhood Sexual Abuse

“….The lack of understanding regarding childhood sexual abuse and traditional views of a patriarchal honour based community, unfortunately, favours the concept of remaining silent and demonising any calls for justice..”

Read all about ANBU – Abuse Never Becomes Us – a charity supporting survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse (CSA) in the Tamil community and their upcoming event on 17 November in my latest Brown Girl Magazine feature here 

Mann Mukti

What Stops South Asians From Discussing Mental Health?

…”In the journey of creating an identity on foreign soil, South Asian family and friends alike stick together in times of both successes and struggles. So, should we feel guilty when we turn to a medical professional in moments of despair, if every door around us appears shut?…”

Read my full article on what stops South Asians from discussing mental health in my latest Brown Girl Magazine feature here.