welcome to asian(ish)!
this is a weekly radio show and podcast focusing on the lived experiences and perspectives on growing up as a british-asian in the uk and as an asian around the world.
each week I’ll be looking at a different topic within the theme of identity, politics, society, culture, lifestyle, feminism, race, etc.
i'm not the only one who has got stuff to share though, everyone is welcome here! so, come join me and my guest speakers every monday live at rare fm, or the recordings afterwards!
Cultural Appropriation & Cultural Appreciation
Don't know the difference between 'Cultural Appropriation' and 'Cultural Appreciation'? No need to worry, we're going to give you the run-down on why there is a significant difference between the two concepts in this episode! We're giving you examples of how cultural appropriation occurs in various facets of the entertainment industry, fashion industry and even in the spaces we occupy ourselves on the internet and on social media. Who decides the boundary between appropriation and appreciation? Why haven't we seen a decline in appropriation? Where does the fault lie when it comes to appropriation? How come some forms of cultural appropriation go virtually undetected in comparison to other mainstream examples? It's a fast-changing world and we're not putting up with cultural appropriation anymore! Come and join us! If you want to carry on the conversation, don't forget to use #asianish and tag our socials to share your thoughts on twitter and more!
It's no secret that I am a sucker for a good (albeit trashy) reality show. I will watch The Real Housewives (of Beverly Hills, Miami, and New Jersey) without hesitation, I started watching Keeping Up With the Kardashians in 2009, and I'm eagerly anticipating the latest season of Selling Sunset. However, the main problem with all of these reality shows is that they are glaringly white. We are rarely offered people of colour on these shows. Where there is a small amount that can be named, we have shows like Shahs of Sunset, Family Karma, and Bollywood Wives. What is the purpose behind the reality television show? Why is it important to have a form of representation in this genre? Whose lives should we be following? Where should these shows be taking place? We'll be serving up the reali-tea in today's episode! Come and join us! If you want to carry on the conversation, don't forget to use #asianish and tag our socials to share your thoughts on twitter and more!
Chocolates & Coconuts, Lemons & Bananas: Measuring "Asian-ness"
Just how 'Asian' are you? It's a question that sits at the back of our minds. We sit there pondering what exactly makes us Asian enough to be 'Asian'. But how do we measure our 'Asian-ness'? Can it even be sufficiently measured? Why do we bother with the idea of measuring it? Who are we trying to prove ourselves to? Who are we trying to convince whether we are Asian enough, British enough, or enough of anything? Everyone is complicated and complex - that's a beautiful thing. Therefore, we are going to explore why we measure 'Asian-ness', how we have measured our levels of 'Asian-ness' in our lives, and investigate whether we will ever truly stop searching for this ideal level of 'Asian-ness'. Come and join us! If you want to carry on the conversation, don't forget to use #asianish and tag our socials to share your thoughts on twitter and more!
chapter fifteen: the diversity child
today i am joined by isabella yasmin kajiwara to discuss the "diversity child" and the problems that arise with it. i had spent so much of my life occupying white spaces that it was easy to think that I had been the start, or rather a hopeful promise, that diversity would begin to flourish in these spaces. when you're a teenager it's hard to think of anyone or any institution using your skin colour to their own advantage. when they ask you to smile for the camera, you're not taught to question it, you just hold your head up over a book and do it. i learned, as time went by, what it means to be a diversity child. i was one of them. at my own diverse undergraduate university, i was treated as one, and i know others who have been treated as one. i'm tired of listening to lies about boosting diversity by including and showing off a few people of colour. come and join us! if you want to carry on the conversation, don't forget to use #asianish and tag our socials to share your thoughts on twitter and more!
chapter fourteen: oh na na, what's my name?
why didn't you give me a better name? that's a question i legitimately asked my parents when i became fed up with the way people said my real name. as the asian(ish) community becomes more connected we are now telling people to learn how to say our names properly. today i am joined by ketki mahabaleshwarkar and we are not asking anymore. this is non-negotiable. here at asian(ish), many of us have multi-cultural identities and we are ready to reclaim our names so we can celebrate them. it is time to stop taking the easy way out and actually start paying attention to the names in front of us. we are taking pride in our names and that will never make us any less british, american and other regions we stand in the asian(ish) community. come and join us! if you want to carry on the conversation, don't forget to use #asianish and tag our socials to share your thoughts on twitter and more!
chapter thirteen: mean girls & aunties: selective feminism and internalised misogyny
the hills have eyes as do the aunties. i have faced criticism from them for doing or saying things that are seen as untraditional or deviant. why is there a backlash from older womxn in our respective communities when we choose to do things that aren't considered the norm? another aspect is when those girl-on-girl crimes happen between womxn who are in the same generation as us. there are even jabs at those who behave like that in the diaspora on tiktok and instagram. we are dissecting the selective feminism and internalised misogyny in the asian(ish) community and the ways we must respond and challenge this. come and join us! if you want to carry on the conversation, don't forget to use #asianish and tag our socials to share your thoughts on twitter and more!