Another year-end. Another New Year. What’s so celebratory about a date in a paper (or digital) calendar that gets millions of us around the world to cheer, drink, revel and make merry? Don’t get me wrong: this is not a… Read More ›
Stop cultural appropriation of Yoga: Yoga is all about Hinduism, albeit without the ism
Yoga is not teaching religion. Or is it? A California judge has ruled that Yoga in a public school’s fitness program does not amount to teaching children religion because it is rooted in American culture. To me, the whole debate on whether Yoga… Read More ›
A year of finding Self: SandhuBhamra.com is one today!
A year ago, on this date, I launched my blog SandhuBhamra.com – a voice to the internal conflict of finding who I am. I was born and raised in India and started working as a journalist after Grade 12. First… Read More ›
Terrorism has no race, no culture, or an accent
The first of the many tweets in reaction to the twin bombings at the Boston marathon yesterday: “Oh God, please, let it not be a Muslim”. “Please don’t be Arabs or Muslims”. The blasts, now classified as “terrorist act” drew… Read More ›
Why the fear around “ethnic enclaves” and fewer White faces in Metro Vancouver?
If you are reading this on your handheld device, please sit down and put your device on a table, lest you drop it and break it. Here’s the scariest news to come out this week: Whites will become the minority… Read More ›
Patriarchy and racism give birth to rape culture, not a drunk woman or her miniskirt
The 16-year old Steubenville rape victim went through a horrifying rape ordeal – she was raped, tossed around like a sex toy, photographed and mocked at. It just didn’t happen once and stopped, but it happened again and again, countless… Read More ›
Guest blog: Not White and won a gold medal? Either you did drugs or were made in a lab
Chinese swimming sensation Ye Shiwen’s name has finally being cleared off suspicions of doping. But what about the smear campaign against Ms. Ye? My today’s guest blogger is my friend Winnie Hwo, who is Climate Change and Clean Energy Campaigner… Read More ›
Guest blog: Why can’t people accept that Asians CAN swim?
Today, I have a guest blogger, Ben Lu, who talks about media coverage around Chinese swimmer, Ye Shiwen’s phenomenal swims. Ben Lu is a cultural entrepreneur, loves technology, is into content making and marketing. Apart from English, he also speaks… Read More ›
“Who do you think you are?”
That was the title under which three young Canadian authors discussed issues of identity, location and language at the recently concluded Indian Summer Festival in Vancouver. The three, Anosh Irani, David Chariandy and Gurjinder Basran – from different backgrounds discussed… Read More ›
Move back to my country? How do you move back to Canada when you live in Canada?
My last blog post, If you are not White, you are not-Canadian-enough generated a lot of response: blog comments, Facebook messages, tweets, personal emails, phone calls, repost on The Georgia Straight’s website, and a radio show discussion on RedFM with… Read More ›