Intersectional Feminism Is Not a Choice, It Is A Necessity

When I first discovered feminism I was livid. How had I managed to go my entire life blissfully unaware of the depths of my own oppression? In fact, prior to my feminist discovery, I wouldn’t have even considered myself oppressed. I was navigating the world blissfully unaware of the misogynistic, patriarchal society we live inContinue reading “Intersectional Feminism Is Not a Choice, It Is A Necessity”

The Oppression of Russia’s Indigenous People

I have recently finished reading Disappearing Earth by Julia Phillips. I loved this book, whose chapters each recount the story of a different character set, though most are interlinked somehow. The book is set in the Kamchatka Peninsula in the far east of Russia – an interesting setting. The region is not densely populated; mostContinue reading “The Oppression of Russia’s Indigenous People”

When The Police Bombed A Neighbourhood

‘When we got to the door, they opened fire on us. This was not a plan to simply take Move people into custody. This was a plan to kill off the Move organisation.’ – Ramona Africa. When a small, radical, religious community of African Americans refused to give up their home, the authorities returned hell.Continue reading “When The Police Bombed A Neighbourhood”

The History of Asian and Black Allyship.

When talking to a fellow member of my University’s Feminist Society about allyship, we noticed that there was a lot of literature about White to Black allyship but a lack of literature about Asian to Black allyship or South Asian allyship. Obviously, White allyship is focused on, for good reason. The fight against racial prejudiceContinue reading “The History of Asian and Black Allyship.”

Pachinko by Min Jin Lee and the Japanese Annexation of Korea

At the beginning of this year, I read Pachinko by Min Jin Lee. Admittedly, I was drawn to the book’s colourful cover (despite the classic adage) and its reputation, without knowing what the book was about. As it turns out, the book is a poignant generational story chronicling a Korean family’s history. The plot coversContinue reading “Pachinko by Min Jin Lee and the Japanese Annexation of Korea”

Racism and Mental health services: Is our NHS failing BAME communities?

Now more than ever we realise that the NHS, our cherished symbol of unity, is as fallible as the patients it exists to treat. Mental health services have long been the casualty of CCG budget cuts and fragmentation under geographic ‘postcode lotteries’, but fundamentally this crisis is one that disproportionately disadvantages patients in the BAMEContinue reading “Racism and Mental health services: Is our NHS failing BAME communities?”

Figuring Out ‘Good’ Representation as a South-Asian Writer

When I sat down to write my first novel, I felt a lot of pressure upon my shoulders. As a British-Asian woman, I knew my characters were going to be British-Asian too – I’d decided that before the birth of a single plotline. I yearned to see myself in the pages of a book. ThroughContinue reading “Figuring Out ‘Good’ Representation as a South-Asian Writer”

DON’T TRUST THE: Whitby and the Hesperus

Indian Arrival Day in Guyana, South America is carved into the calendar as May 5, 1838. There is nothing about this date that should be celebrated. The day marks the day that my ancestors landed into a foreign land. They were taken under false pretenses. They were promised a better life, sustainable pay, only toContinue reading “DON’T TRUST THE: Whitby and the Hesperus”

Gazing upon the Western Gaze

Museums and art galleries serve as fundamental institutions of the cultural education given to citizens, becoming ‘national’ centres. Many schools have day trips to these national educational centres with the aim of exposing children to the history of people in Britain. Such history and individuals present within museums and galleries are in fact subject toContinue reading “Gazing upon the Western Gaze”

Welcome to Britain?

Attitudes to Commonwealth immigration Immigration is a salient issue, it particularly dominated political news in the UK in the lead up to and following the 2016 EU referendum.  In the public debate, the term ‘immigrant’ does not have a specific definition. Maya Goodfellow notes it has become a ‘catch-all term’ as it means different things,Continue reading “Welcome to Britain?”