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Self Evident challenges the narratives of where we come from, where we belong, and where we're going — by telling Asian America's stories. With host Cathy Erway, we present reported narratives, personal stories, and community conversations that tackle today's tough questions about identity, cultural change, and nationhood. Self Evident is a Studiotobe production, incubated at the Made in NY Media Center by IFP and supported by our listener community.
 
Carolina Desis Gurtej Singh and Rashmili Vemula explore life as the children of Desi immigrants in today’s America. Constantly immersed in and inspired by two contrasting cultures, these South Asians raised in the American South discuss their experiences with “living a double life” and the challenges in reconciling the cultural and societal differences surrounding them daily. Thought-provoking, sharp, and occasionally silly, Gurtej and Rashmili question and flesh out the South Asian experien ...
 
In a nod to the protest albums of the 1960s and 70s, Bhi Bhiman’s Peace of Mind finds inspiration in the chaos that is modern American life. So much so that he had to release the album as a podcast and dig deeper on everything from immigration to religion, racism to Russia with experts, activists and artists like author Dave Eggers, religious scholar Reza Aslan, attorney & advocate Rabia Chaudry, LaDoris Cordell, and more. Part politics, part Behind the Music, all fascinating, Peace of Mind ...
 
*As seen in The Times of India* With lives in New York and San Francisco, the ladies of The Woke Desi came together for one reason: to give South Asians a voice, a place to call home and a friend to empower them as they make their badass way through life. Talking about fun issues like dating and marriage, to the heavier ones like infertility and desi stigmas, The Woke Desi explores the topics South Asians have only whispered about until now, lending itself to a generation unafraid of being b ...
 
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On 9 August, an official at an airport questioned the Indian identity of Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) leader Kanimozhi Karunanidhi because she did not know Hindi. In response, Kanimozhi tweeted “I would like to know from when being Indian is equal to knowing Hindi” with the hashtag #hindiimposition. The incident triggered viral responses on soci…
 
When New York City became the epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic, Brooklyn-based producer Beenish Ahmed struggled over whether to visit her parents in Ohio or stay put. Her parents — a landlord and hairdresser who immigrated from Pakistan in the ‘70s — begged her to come home. When Beenish finally decided to go in May, she recorded that journey,…
 
How can Asian American communities create safety, when the harms of racism and xenophobia are so deeply rooted in our society? We’ve spent time unpacking the simplistic solution of hate crime enforcement, then learning how local activists rallying against anti-Asian hate often reveal a much deeper history of neglect and under-resourcing of immigran…
 
The rise in xenophobic harassment, discrimination, and violence against Asian Americans during the pandemic has led to a rise in neighborhood watch groups in historic Chinatowns and other Asian immigrant communities across the country. While these groups have made headlines for speaking out against racism, their motivations and actions reveal a dee…
 
On today's episode, we had the great pleasure of speaking with Duke professor, economist, author, and self-described nerd Ronnie Chatterji on his 2020 political campaign as the Democratic candidate for North Carolina State Treasurer. Join us as we learn more about his vision for North Carolina, his background working for the Obama administration, t…
 
On September 1, Pakistan Telecommunication Authority blocked access to five dating and live streaming apps, including Tinder and Grindr, citing immoral or indecent content. This is only the latest instance of the regulator cracking down on apps using Pakistan’s Prevention on Electronic Crimes Act, commonly known as the Cyber Crimes Law, passed in 2…
 
Two Asian American olds (Cathy and James) watch the original Mulan for the first time, then join a seasoned fan (Julia) — for an animated discussion about the limitations of Hollywood representation, the saving grace of gender-bending innuendo, and what exactly it is about Mulan that resonates with so many Asian Americans who grew up with it. Resou…
 
Starting this month, we are happy to announce that Southasiasphere, our analysis of regional affairs will be a monthly podcast featuring Himal editors! If you're a member, you'll automatically receive links to the new episodes in your inbox. If you're not yet a member, you can still get it for free (for the time being..) by signing up here: https:/…
 
It's the TWD Season 5 finale...with Sahaj Kohli, the remarkable and insightful presence behind Brown Girl Therapy, the largest community for children of immigrants and their mental health. Sahaj talks to the ladies of TWD about parental expectations, setting boundaries, how therapy should be encouraged for everyone, and how support and connection a…
 
From unmarried womxn terrified of the stigmas attached to being an unwed mother and premarital sex, to married womxn who don't feel stable enough in their lives to bring children into their current situation, to trans men who became pregnant because of healthcare inadequacies, TWD is talking to Dr. Meera Shah (@mjshah8), author of the INCREDIBLE bo…
 
Two incidents of anti-Asian racism — the beating of an elderly grandfather in a San Francisco park and the harassment of a mourning son in a New York pharmacy — reveal an ugly side of the COVID-19 pandemic. This is the first of three episodes reporting on Asian American responses to anti-Asian hate incidents. Share your thoughts on the stories with…
 
The second season of Self Evident: Asian America's Stories begins on Tuesday, August 25. Last year, we presented stories of people reclaiming their history, working to stop unjust deportations, healing old family wounds, and questioning the very definition of “Asian America.” Now we're following Asian Americans as they take action during the pandem…
 
To quote guest Ryan Budhu: "Systemic inequity impacts distinct parts of our community differently, and [Ryan's brother who died in police custody] Ravi’s story is just one facet of a larger narrative. To understand this larger story, South Asians should strive to understand this nation’s history and how our current legal system can perpetuate inequ…
 
Sonalee Rashatwar - also known as The Fat Sex Therapist - speaks with TWD about fatphobia, sexual pleasure and how it does not need to be penetrative to be intimate, and Health At Every Size. Full of controversial opinions and urging listeners to examine science closely, Sonalee has insights worth listening to about diet culture, South Asians, chil…
 
Closing out the second half of this two-part series is Nadia Jagessar, the breakout star and lovable heroine of her own love story on Netflix' Indian Matchmaking. Did she have some realities strike after filming? How did she adjust to her heartbreaks being played out on screen? What were her stories? Find out now on this episode of TWD!…
 
Indian Matchmaking, the #1 show on Netflix in recent weeks, has taken the world by storm. From problematic themes regarding colorism, casteism, sexism, to being the train wreck you can't turn away from, one cast member has become a person people love to hate. Vinay Chadha, the man who stood up fan favorite Nadia, speaks to TWD about his story in pa…
 
In this special podcast, the editors of Himal mark the release of ten issues of Southasiasphere, our fortnightly newsletter, and take stock of some of the major events that shaped the region over the last several months. From militarisation of our democracies to growing Islamophobia, and from the emerging economic crisis to the plight of workers – …
 
Brown Girl Magazine CEO Trisha Sakhuja-Walia joins TWD to discuss her journey as an entrepreneur, buying out her partners, how there is space for all South Asians on the world stage, the identity of BGM and her plans to expand. This episode is a must listen-to for emerging entrepreneurs and those who aspire to think outside the box.…
 
*This episode is sponsored by Soma Ayurvedic* Pink Ladoo Project's Raj Khaira joins the ladies of TWD to explore gender inequality in South Asian communities. From women propagating sexism, to how on earth we expect women to stand up for themselves after a lifetime of inferiority, to how feminism needs to be intersectional, this conversation is a m…
 
The rate of chronic pelvic pain across the world varies from 14-32%. This stat is likely underreported because women, particularly those in South Asian cultures, assume pain is normal--and it isn't! Dr. Tayyaba Ahmed joins TWD to go over sociocultural factors, endometriosis, pain during sex, why South Asian women's sexual activity is associated wit…
 
You’ve said the words, “Black Lives Matter.” You’ve put your money where your mouth is. You’ve shown up for the marches. What next? What exactly is the change we’re showing up for, and how exactly can we commit to making that change in our own communities? In this bonus episode, we’re passing the mic to Jaime Sunwoo (a Korean American interdiscipli…
 
Recent events like the death of George Floyd have prompted society to take a good, hard look at the nature of allyship and where we've fallen short. But looking forward from social media activism and marches...what's next? Liya Thachil, a community organizer on Long Island, discusses civic engagement, 2020's election cycle, actionable steps we can …
 
Welcome to the Season 4 opener of The Woke Desi! In light of recent events, conversations in the South Asian community have mirrored those being held across the world with regard to racism and race relations. But one aspect of the conversation amongst South Asians needs to be brought forward prior to the discussion on racism, and that is colorism. …
 
Often described as the 'first wall of defence' against extreme weather events, the Sundarban is a complex and fragile ecosystem straddling the India-Bangladesh border which was badly impacted by cyclone Amphan. The spread of COVID-19 has made government assistance to the region more complicated. Environmental anthropologist Megnaa Mehtta explains h…
 
On the Season 3 Finale of TWD, Richa Moorjani joins the ladies to talk about Netflix #1 show, developed by Mindy Kaling, "Never Have I Ever." Richa has an open, honest and refreshing conversation with Nehal and Annika surrounding her trajectory in acting, the groundbreaking series, criticisms of the show, working toward dreams, and more.…
 
Bisexual genderqueer West Indian, Indo-Caribbean writer, spiritual channel and experimental art film creatrix, Nandani Bharrat, and life coach, TEDx speaker and reiki master, Shanita Liu, join TWD to discuss the violent migration of Indian citizens to the Caribbean after the abolition of slavery (by law and not by practice), their own identities as…
 
As the COVID-19 outbreak impacts economies around the world with debilitating effects, international financial institutions like the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank face the prospect of helping keep the engines of the global economy running. Several countries, particularly developing economies, have been seeking assistance from…
 
Representation has always mattered. And it counts more than ever. The founders of CTZN Cosmetics, Pakistani sisters Aleena, Aleezeh, and Naseeha Khan, created CTZN so that every person regardless of gender could find their true match and feel seen. The ladies of TWD speak with them about their experience as a global brand and the importance of bein…
 
With Earth Day upon us, and the environmental ramifications from humans being seen more than ever as they stay inside, TWD explores the sustainability and decolonization of fashion. Blogger/activist Aditi Mayer and Lukh Studio's Karen Desai join the ladies of TWD to discuss how fast fashion--a disposable, low quality, high output industy-- holds po…
 
The struggle to save lives from COVID-19 is far from over, and neither is America’s struggle against racism. As we report on hate crime and anti-racist action, Cathy and James hop on the phone and check in with a couple of our friends in podcasting: Paola Mardo (who tells stories from the Filipino diaspora on Long Distance) and Ahmed Ali Akbar (who…
 
Everyone’s lives have been affected, but what does the rapid spread of COVID-19 look like from the eyes of a healthcare professional on the front lines of the fight? Kunal Joshi is a hospital based board certified physician from the Seattle, Washington area, one of the first places hit hard in the US by the current pandemic. Join us today as he sit…
 
Jasvinder Sanghera, CBE, a worldwide expert on honor-based violence, recognized by Prince Charles and David Cameron, and founder of the organization Karma Nirvana, joins the hosts of TWD to talk about the legal, social, psychological and cultural issues surrounding honor-based violence. This worldwide issue ranges from FGM to forced marriage to mur…
 
A shocking explosion of violence broke out in New Delhi’s Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) on Sunday night, 5 January 2020, when armed and masked groups muscled their way into the university campus, entered student’s hostels and attacked students violently with rods and stones. The JNU Teachers’ Association and the JNU Students’ Union have both bl…
 
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