Indian Arrival Day

Today marks the 171st anniversary of the first Indian indentured labourers to reach the Caribbean island of Trinidad, aboard the ship Fatel Razak. While the history of the African slave trade is well known, this is not the case for the story of Chinese and Indian indentured labour in the Caribbean. But like other stories of colonialism around…

A different voice

Browsing through my favourite section of a local bookstore (adventure and literary travel) , I noticed that the vast majority of books displayed were written by authors with Western names, that there were few authors whose names weren’t European or of European heritage (to be honest, I don’t recall seeing a single book by an author with an…

Racial/cultural profiling on Instagram

Dear Instagram, I do not appreciate your racial/cultural profiling (see screenshot below). Ugh. Can’t a girl just be single and loving life and also enjoy the occasional Indian fashion photo? Please serve me more ads for fine rum, adventure travel and upcoming concerts – not this crap. And just so you know, I am not…

Indian people on TV

Aziz Ansari’s new series, Master of None, premiered on Netflix on Friday, November 6. It’s Saturday, November 7 and I’m currently on episode eight in a 10-episode series, having dedicated a significant portion of my precious weekend to this show. No regrets. SPOILERS BELOW – YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED. So far, my favourite episode is…

#favreads: November 3, 2015

Two days late, but here we are! With Halloween-costume-crafting in full swing last week I didn’t explore the literature of the interweb as much as I usually do, but there were a few things that caught my eye. Spoiler alert: I like reading stories about diversity. Following are my favourite reads from the previous week…

#favreads: October 25, 2015

This is a round-up of recent news and content from around the web that I found interesting. Coincidentally, all stories discussed the topics of race/diversity/cultural sensitivity. Enjoy! 1. From the National Post: Canada federal election candidates include more visible minorities in 2015 than in the past four votes Go Canada! We elected 47 visible minority…