Asian Voices

A Sandwich Tutorial For All You Sexists Out There

The Huffington Post Canada | Arti Patel | Posted 11.22.2016 | Canada Living

"The onion has layers... just like your securities."

What It's Like To Lose A Language

Mai Nguyen | Posted 11.03.2016 | Canada Living
Mai Nguyen

A couple of insignificant words shouldn't matter much, but to me, it meant a lot. Forgetting a few words meant having awkward, half-formed conversations with my parents. It meant feeling alienated from an ethnic community that was strongly bound by a common language. Most importantly, it meant losing an inherent part of my Vietnamese identity. Each time I forgot another word, it was like I was a little less Vietnamese.

It's Time To Start Talking About Second-Generation Canadians

Arti Patel | Posted 09.12.2016 | Canada Living
Arti Patel

Introducing Born and Raised. A Huffington Post Canada series that will delve into culture and language, growing up in Canadian cities and the responsibility some of us feel when we think about our parents' future. The stories are told by our editors, writers and by Canadians from coast to coast. We explore the effect of parents who never told us they were proud of us, what it means to be mixed-race in blogs, features, and through video and Facebook Live segments with our editors. These are daily conversations second-generations have with each other, but this time, on a larger platform.

Growing Up As A Brown Girl, I Was Used To Being Called ‘Fat'

Arti Patel | Posted 09.11.2016 | Canada Style
Arti Patel

In seventh grade, I took a family trip to India and my weight was the hot topic. Family members I hadn't seen in years commented on how "fat" I had become; and when I walked into stores to buy sarees or lenghas, store owners told my mom it wouldn't look good on me or fit. It was blunt, but it was normal.

#BeingAsian Is A Hashtag That's Too Real For Many Of Us

The Huffington Post Canada | Arti Patel | Posted 06.30.2016 | Canada Living

Twitter nails it.

Why Does Hollywood Keep Whitewashing? (And Why Do We Let It Happen?)

Brian Trinh | Posted 05.04.2016 | Canada Living
Brian Trinh

It may be an adaptation but every adjustment means the end product is closer to an shell of the material it's meant to pay homage to.

Priyanka Chopra Clearly Loves Wings More Than Jimmy Fallon Does

The Huffington Post Canada | Arti Patel | Posted 03.04.2016 | Canada Living


Nothing, And We Mean Nothing, Can Top This Bride's Entrance

The Huffington Post Canada | Arti Patel | Posted 02.02.2016 | Canada Living

She is now being called "The Bullet Queen."

Superwoman Reminds Us Of The Ultimate Halloween Nightmare

The Huffington Post Canada | Arti Patel | Posted 10.30.2015 | Canada Living

It's all Millennial's fears wrapped in one well-choreographed music video.

Indians Attempt Positions From The Kama Sutra, Fail Immediately

The Huffington Post Canada | Arti Patel | Posted 08.20.2015 | Canada Living

Who thought this would be easy (or even doable)?

Woman Runs Marathon While On Her Period Without A Tampon

The Huffington Post Canada | Arti Patel | Posted 08.10.2015 | Canada Living

The 26-year-old was bleeding freely and proudly.

Arti Patel

This Woman is Capturing The Hilarious Truths Of Growing Up Desi | Arti Patel | Posted 07.22.2015 | Canada Living

For example, Indian aunties love talking sh*t!

What 'My Phone Died' Really Means. Every. Single. Time.

The Huffington Post Canada | Rebecca Zamon | Posted 07.08.2015 | Canada Living

We may be in the golden age of communication, but there are still plenty of ways in which we rely on other people to read between the lines — and fi...

Children Of Asian Immigrants, Get Ready To Cry Like Babies

The Huffington Post Canada | Arti Patel | Posted 09.07.2016 | Canada Living

Bring on the tissues!

3 Women Who Love Bollywood Get Into A Car. Then This Happens.

The Huffington Post Canada | Arti Patel | Posted 04.16.2015 | Canada Living

Whether you're a true "Desi Girl" or just enjoy the rhythm of Indian music, there's nothing like a good 'ol Bollywood song to make you get up and move...

Russell Peters Prank Says 'Daily Show' Host Lifted His Jokes

The Huffington Post Canada | Jesse Ferreras | Posted 04.08.2015 | Canada Living

"He's stolen material from David Kau, he's stolen material from myself."

Marriage Pressures Asian People Have To Deal With

The Huffington Post Canada | Arti Patel | Posted 06.25.2015 | Canada Living

Wedding season is here, but if you're Asian, of a certain age and single (or "single" because you haven't told your parents about your relationship), ...

Chinatown Belongs To All Of Us

Suzanne Ma | Posted 04.20.2015 | Canada British Columbia
Suzanne Ma

I didn't grow up in Chinatown. Neither did my mother and father. My ancestors didn't come to North America to pan for gold or build the railroad. No one in my family paid a head tax. Chinatown was just a place we visited every weekend to stock up on supplies. Even still, this neighbourhood, this community, this place we call "Chinatown" has become very near and dear to my heart.

Sam Smith Was Painfully Parodied By This Ex-'Canadian Idol' Contestant

The Huffington Post Canada | Jesse Ferreras | Posted 02.05.2015 | Canada Music

Fans of "Canadian Idol" might remember Mikey Bustos from its first season. Lately he's devoted himself to (very effectively) covering and parodying...

This Is What Tinder For Brown People Would Look Like

The Huffington Post Canada | Arti Patel | Posted 11.21.2014 | Canada Living

If you're a brown person on Tinder, you may notice a few things missing from it. For example, why can't I add my caste to my profile page? Or why is i...

What It's Like to See Blackface on Halloween as a Woman of Colour

Eternity E Martis | Posted 12.26.2014 | Canada Living
Eternity E Martis

These three, blonde, 20-somethings were dressed as cotton pickers and had painted their faces in the most offensive, unrealistic mud black I've ever seen. They said absolutely nothing, only smiled, mouth closed. Here before me, like never in my life, were three white people targeting us, the non-white people in the bar.

What To Eat For Diwali, Including Chutney, Palak And Baked Cauliflower

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 12.21.2014 | Canada Living

"Spice Goddess" Bal Arneson was invited by Dairy Farmers of Canada to create recipes for Diwali, the Festival of Lights, featuring a blend of spices a...

'Spice Goddess' Host Bal Arneson On Celebrating Diwali

CP | Lois Abraham, The Canadian Press | Posted 12.21.2014 | Canada Living

TORONTO - Ever since she was a little girl in India, "Spice Goddess" host Bal Arneson has loved celebrating the Festival of Lights, spending time with...

I am Malala Yousafzai

Fariha Naqvi-Mohamed | Posted 12.10.2014 | Canada Impact
Fariha Naqvi-Mohamed

I am Malala. I come from a lineage of women who fought stereotypes, racism and bigotry in their adapted homes in North America. I continue to fight it here in Canada. I am Malala because I understand what it is like to have others want to silence you, your beliefs and your actions. Each and every single Muslim woman who has been a victim of racism, prejudice and bigotry is Malala.

7 Bollywood Dance Moves You Can Work Out To

The Huffington Post Canada | Arti Patel | Posted 10.07.2014 | Canada Living

In a perfect fitness world, all we would have to do is twerk a few times, attempt the robot and add a few electric slides to our life to stay in shape...