South Asian

Arranged Marriages Can Be Happy Marriages Too

Hana Shafi | Posted 12.03.2014 | Canada Living
Hana Shafi

My parents have been married for 25 years. They're different in a lot of ways, but their marriage has survived through the hardships of immigrating to a new country. You might not guess it, but my parents had an arranged marriage. The Western narrative of an arranged marriage is quite severe: A family forces their oppressed daughter to marry a man 20 years her senior and she sees him for the first time at the altar. But the truth is in the language -- arranged marriage is not the same as forced marriage.

Top 5 Events To Attend At Vancouver's Indian Summer Festival

Jugni Style | Posted 09.02.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Jugni Style

Luckily, every July, the Indian Summer Festival gives us the chance to learn about all sorts of smart, intellectual, and creative things without having to leave Vancouver.

Arti Patel

When Marriages Start To Fail

HuffingtonPost.com | Arti Patel | Posted 06.02.2014 | Canada Living

It's 2007, a spring morning in May, and Samia Sheikh and her family are clustered around a small dining table in her suburban Toronto home. ...

Poet 'Can't Look Away' From The Murdered Children Of Air India 182

Jugni Style | Posted 06.26.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Jugni Style

Among the Air India 182 bombing mystery, lies, cover-ups, court trials, conspiracy theories and missing tapes, the stories of the 82 murdered children have remained lost. It's these hidden stories, messages, and lives that B.C. poet Renée Sarojini Saklikar resurrects in her BC Book Prize-nominated book of poetry.

Why The Komagata Maru Is Still Important

Naveen Girn | Posted 06.19.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Naveen Girn

These two words encapsulate so many negative aspects of the South Asian experience in Canada: exclusion, discrimination, and racism. While the community has overcome many systemic challenges, it would be too easy to see this as a positive narrative -- from tragedy to triumph.

Arundhati Roy on Activism and her Past

Jugni Style | Posted 06.01.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Jugni Style

Even social advocates need time off. Arundhati Roy has just come from shoe-shopping in downtown Vancouver, which makes one wonder whether she went for trainers, or slipped into Holt Renfrew to try on some designer labels.

Same Same But Different: Growing Up As A Brown Girl in Canada

Jugni Style | Posted 05.06.2014 | Canada Living
Jugni Style

Lupita Nyong'o's moving speeches, the Dark is Beautiful campaign in India, and Anita Majumdar's play, Same Same But Different, have me in a different frame of mind as we approach International Women's Day. I'm not just thinking about women's rights and battles. I'm thinking about what it means to be a woman of colour in Canada.

Why Was This Photo Taken Down From Facebook?

The Huffington Post Canada | Arti Patel | Posted 01.25.2014 | Canada Impact

When Shazad Syed Hai saw a photo of him and his friend kissing at a gay rights rally on Facebook, he never thought it could be construed as offensive....

DIY Beauty Remedies: Indian Tumeric Face Mask

Jugni Style | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Jugni Style

I have tragically dry skin in cold weather, so dry skin cells flake off and clog my pores and I break out more than usual. Indian brides apply turmeric paste to make their skin glow as well as deter any blemishes for their special day. Turmeric has anti-bacterial qualities that are great at combating acne, hyper-pigmentation, eczema and dark marks. Plus this mask's bright yellow colour makes your face literally look like sunshine when you have it on!

Finding Strong Indian Women in Hidden Stories

Manjot Bains | Posted 09.06.2013 | Canada British Columbia
Manjot Bains

One day, Shauna Singh Baldwin gave her grandmother a notebook and suggested that she write down her personal stories. What emerged were pages of personal memories of the trauma of partition - and it was the first time Shauna and her family heard about their grandmother's experiences. "I realized that until then, my grandfather had been the person who told my grandmother's stories about Partition," she said.

Wrestling With The Komagata Maru

Naveen Girn | Posted 07.23.2013 | Canada British Columbia
Naveen Girn

The Komagata Maru was introduced to me sandwiched between narratives of the Chinese Head Tax and Japanese Internment. It had no scope to breathe. No room for discussion and further explanation. And it was the only time I remember seeing people that looked like me in my school textbooks. But the Komagata Maru is more elusive. It took me years to unlearn the biases I had built up around the story, hear the voices of the pioneers and understand the history on its own terms.

When Hockey Icon Crossed Paths With Vancouver Immigrant History

Naveen Girn | Posted 05.23.2013 | Canada British Columbia
Naveen Girn

Pressured by his in-laws to find a respectable occupation, Vancouver Millionaire's star player Fred "Cyclone" Taylor had a summer job that connected him with one of the most iconic historical moments in Canadian history -- the arrival of the Komagata Maru.

Where Are All the South Asian Mommy Bloggers?

masalamommas | Posted 05.13.2013 | Canada Living
masalamommas

For those of you masalamommas who blog out there, you're part of a select crew. While there's been an explosion of blogging moms over the years, South Asian moms who blog, aren't necessarily on the radar. While many South Asian moms who blog feel the same, some say they don't feel connected to the mommy blogger community as a whole.

B.C. Liberal Ethnic Vote Plan Is 'Insulting' Lip Service To Historical Wrongs

Naveen Girn | Posted 05.12.2013 | Canada British Columbia
Naveen Girn

My ancestry doesn't define what I feel is most important. The essentialist logic that just because I'm South Asian an apology for the Komagata Maru incident is the paramount focus of my political identity -- and that its resolution would sway me to support a particular political party -- is insulting. I, like all Canadians, am more than just one thing.

Street Food from Bangladesh -- Made at Home

Roger Mooking | Posted 12.17.2012 | Canada Living
Roger Mooking

Against the advice of our local guide in Bangladesh I tried this dish from a street food vendor. The dish is called Jhalmuri -- pronounced Chahl Mooree. It is Indian Puffed Rice and is a fun, very quick and very flavourful snack food. This dish is a great snack for football season and to spice things up for the chilly weather we are experiencing now in Canada. This recipe is my best attempt at trying to duplicate what I had on the streets of Dhaka.

Actress Sarena Parmar Gives Back to Girls Everywhere [VIDEO]

Shannon Skinner | Posted 12.11.2012 | Canada Impact
Shannon Skinner

2012-06-18-ShannonSkinner.jpg Canadian actress and emerging playwright, Sarena Parmar, has performed in film, television and on the stage. In this in-depth interview on Extraordinary Women TV with Shannon Skinner, Parmar discusses her rapid rise in her acting career, how her South Asian background has influenced her work, her interest in human rights and advocacy, and also her involvement with Plan Canada's "I Am A Girl" campaign.