The South Asian diaspora refers to the people from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, who, following the pre-colonized era, have migrated globally for centuries. While colonialism and caste systems have historically played a role in dividing South Asian communities, hierarchy in faith, gender and race have continued the thread of division in modern day. These same elements of faith, gender and race infuse a complexity and richness in South Asian identity today when we choose to see them through the lens of intersectionality. What does it take to uphold the rich diasporic history while not erasing the evolving intersectional South Asian identity our communities have been forming along the way?
I had the wonderful opportunity of having this conversation with Sadia Abjani; Director of Learning and Equity at SAGE, a Queer Muslim Activist, a Pakistani immigrant and an indie comic aficionado and Farah Bala; actor, educator, founder and CEO of NYC based Farsight.
Watch the video podcast: https://www.gofarsight.com/farsightfriday