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How To Survive The Pre-Trump Holidays: DO's And DON'T's For The Next 43 Days

Manjusha P. Kulkarni | Posted 12.08.2016 | Politics
Manjusha P. Kulkarni

One month ago, Donald J. Trump won 80,000 more votes in a few states that gave him the needed margin for a likely Electoral College victory. Unless s...

Good Girls Marry Doctors Anthology Unveils South Asian Women's Fraught Lives

Sezin Koehler | Posted 12.02.2016 | Books
Sezin Koehler

This review was first published at Wear Your Voice Magazine. Growing up South Asian American without any representation in film, television or even ...

I'm Still a Rebel, But I See Where My Parents are Coming From

Brown Girl Magazine | Posted 11.17.2016 | Parents
Brown Girl Magazine

By Anisha Dadia J.K. Rowling once said: "There is an expiry date on blaming your parents for steering you in the wrong direction; the moment you are...

My Story Of Living A Double Life As An Indian And American

Brown Girl Magazine | Posted 11.16.2016 | Women
Brown Girl Magazine

Don't get me wrong. I am so grateful for the huge sacrifices my parents made to give me the life and opportunities I have today. Leaving their family, their home, their comfort zone to come here is an incredibly difficult thing. It's a sacrifice that I can't ever fully thank them for.

'It's Just Hair, Right?' Dealing With Hair Loss As an Indian Woman

Brown Girl Magazine | Posted 10.17.2016 | Women
Brown Girl Magazine

When I was 16, I noticed a small part of my scalp was visible. Thankfully, I was blessed with stereotypical thick, curly, and unruly South Indian hair, making it easy to cover up. For the rest of high school, I kept my hair above my shoulders so the curl would have enough "bounce" to hide any balding spots.

Time to Stand up to the Conservative Desi Uncle: What the National Asian American Survey Tells Us About the True South Asian American Vote

Manjusha P. Kulkarni | Posted 10.11.2016 | Politics
Manjusha P. Kulkarni

It's exactly four weeks until the U.S. Presidential election. But, it is also possibly three years before necessary fixes are made to Obamacare to co...

What I've Learned About Indian Culture While Swimming

Brown Girl Magazine | Posted 09.01.2016 | Women
Brown Girl Magazine

At the pool, I felt invincible. My tan lines symbolized hard-work and determination. I embraced the scent of chlorine as my own and I happily consumed giant Chipotle burritos because calories equaled fuel -- not fat.

The Stereotypical Reactions South Asian Women Traveling Solo Are Subjected To

Brown Girl Magazine | Posted 08.16.2016 | Women
Brown Girl Magazine

Female solo traveling is a phenomenon which is still quite new to the world at large, but the idea of traveling solo in a nation that is obsessed with saas-bahu dramas is needless to say, extraordinarily unusual.

Reclaim The Bindi: What It Means For Victims Of Widow Abuse And Sexual Assault

Brown Girl Magazine | Posted 08.09.2016 | Women
Brown Girl Magazine

Bindi politics have been around for centuries and is one of the greatest forms of gender-based oppression in our society. I know. I am the daughter of a widow.

What Bollywood Films Mean To A South Asian Queer Woman Dealing With Mental Health Issues

Brown Girl Magazine | Posted 08.09.2016 | Entertainment
Brown Girl Magazine

I usually end up rewatching films from when I was just a kid living in Bombay. Things that remind me of how easy life was before I grew up and learned more about myself and the world.

Casting Our Vote: Living the Immigrant Dream as Asian Americans

Brown Girl Magazine | Posted 08.05.2016 | Politics
Brown Girl Magazine

As young Americans ourselves, many of us first-generation, we know the difficulties that befell our families who chose to trod off the beaten path and seek better lives here in the West. We can attest to the financial, social, religious, cultural, and linguistic ostracism that our families have challenged, time and again, because we've degradingly witnessed it first-hand.

No Shaadi? No Problem - Meet South Asian Singles with the Dus App

Rawan AbuShaban | Posted 06.06.2016 | Technology
Rawan AbuShaban

Even in the Western world, the shaadi - or "wedding" - mentality is prevalent in South Asian communities. As a result, younger generations who have gr...

Final Reflection on Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month: Remembering Our Pathfinders

Ravi Chaudhary | Posted 06.01.2016 | Politics
Ravi Chaudhary

Our pathfinders shape who we are as Americans. Through their selfless deeds, they often risk everything to advance the values we hold dear as Americans. I am honored to tell the story of an Asian American pathfinder I've known for many years -- Senator Satveer Chaudhary.

First-Generation Immigrants Should Not Use the Term 'FOB'

Brown Girl Magazine | Posted 02.26.2017 | Women
Brown Girl Magazine

We are in a unique position where not only can we understand the challenges new immigrants from the Indian subcontinent face, but we are also well aware of the magnitude of opportunities that await individuals and families when those challenges are overcome.

What it Means to be South Asian in America

Brown Girl Magazine | Posted 02.26.2017 | Women
Brown Girl Magazine

I learned what it means to live in a country with a colonized past, a secular present and what appears to be an increasingly divisive future. But it wasn't until I moved to the U.S. in the wake of 9/11 that I learned what it means to be South Asian in the American context.

Dear Coldplay & Beyonce: India Is Not An Orientalist Fantasy

Reva Bhatt | Posted 02.04.2017 | Entertainment
Reva Bhatt

If Coldplay's "Hymn for the Weekend" is the theme music for your upcoming weekend, let us stop you right there. The music video takes the complexity and vastness of Indian culture and squeezes it into the long-romanticized Western narrative of said culture.

The Curious Case of Dr. Anjali Ramkissoon and the Implications of Her Social Media Shaming

Brown Girl Magazine | Posted 01.26.2017 | Women
Brown Girl Magazine

by Elizabeth Jaikaran - Follow @LizJaikaran Fourth-year neurology student Anjali Ramkissoon saturated our newsfeeds last week when a video of her att...

No, I Don't Watch Shows With South Asian Leads Because I'm Indian

Brown Girl Magazine | Posted 01.12.2017 | Entertainment
Brown Girl Magazine

With diverse writers rooms, minority characters are well developed. They are no longer tokens -- they are nuanced, relatable characters with multidimensional interests, robust storylines, and realistic interactions with the world.

To the White Mom Who Felt Insulted By the Henna on Her Daughter's Hands

Brown Girl Magazine | Posted 12.22.2016 | Religion
Brown Girl Magazine

I've been inhaling secondhand Christianity for so many Decembers that the irony took a moment to register. Here is a little girl who, not unlike me as a child, was curious and learning about cultures and religions different from her own. Her innocence is still untainted by the schisms of race and wore henna for an appeal that's independent of cultural significance, much like I give and receive presents for Christmas every single year.

The Indo-Caribbean Experience: Now and Then

Brown Girl Magazine | Posted 12.14.2016 | Women
Brown Girl Magazine

Trauma begins when your colonizers use your ancestral grandmother as a sex slave, and re-emerges generations later when the Indo-Caribbean standard of feminine beauty becomes characterized by how Indian a woman doesn't look. "She's so pretty -- she doesn't even look like a coolie girl."

It Only Took 18 Years, But I'm Finally A United States Citizen

Brown Girl Magazine | Posted 11.24.2016 | Religion
Brown Girl Magazine

I was thirteen when 9/11 happened, just a few weeks into the start of the eighth grade. The series of events that that horrifying incident put into action are still playing out to this day, 14 years later.

You Can Be Whatever Princess (Or Prince) You Want This Halloween

The Huffington Post | Nadya Agrawal | Posted 02.12.2016 | Women

Since I was 5 years old, nearly every Halloween someone has told me to go as Princess Jasmine from "Aladdin." I mean, I get it -- we're both stunningl...

For the Love of Brown! Bobby a.k.a. Piyush Jindal!

Nipa Shah | Posted 07.14.2016 | Politics
Nipa Shah

Please accept that you will always have a natural tan (brown). And that the path to the White House has no color barrier, anymore.

My Dad Rarely Says 'I Love You' But I Couldn't Feel More Loved

Yagana Shah | Posted 06.19.2016 | Fifty
Yagana Shah

Every kid growing up in a South Asian household knows there is a certain four-letter word you shan't utter. No, it's not the f-word, and no it doesn't rhyme with hit. It's the l-word: love.

What These 12 Pieces Of South Asian Wedding Jewelry Really Mean

Jafreen M. Uddin | Posted 02.11.2015 | Weddings
Jafreen M. Uddin

Jewelry and adornments take on a whole new meaning in South Asian celebrations -- did you know there's an auspicious sign behind nearly every piece of jewelry a South Asian bride wears?