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Happy Bangladesh Independence Day, everyone!
Today I was thinking a lot about my relationship to Independence while living in diaspora and - in the way I do all my processing - I wrote a post about it.
This piece is pretty close to my heart and delves into some of my insecurities as an adoptee and a “non-resident Bangladeshi”. But I’m sure that I’m not the only one who feels like they’re bumping up against these edges. Let’s start a conversation.<3

Happy Bangladesh Independence Day, everyone!

Today I was thinking a lot about my relationship to Independence while living in diaspora and - in the way I do all my processing - I wrote a post about it.

This piece is pretty close to my heart and delves into some of my insecurities as an adoptee and a “non-resident Bangladeshi”. But I’m sure that I’m not the only one who feels like they’re bumping up against these edges. Let’s start a conversation.<3

— 3 weeks ago with 8 notes
#bangladesh  #bangladesh independence day  #the struggle  #adoption  #stories  #margins  #national origin  #desi 
Calling all New Yorkers: I&#8217;m excited to announce that Saturday March 29th at 6pm I will be reading as part of the Eyes on Bangladesh photography exhibit! The exhibit is showcasing the work of Bengali photographers who show a different side of Bangladesh not often seen in the West, and wants to begin a dialogue between first and second generation Bangladeshis.
Doors open at 5:30pm, so come early and I hope to see you there! Also, check out the rest of their programming over on the Eyes on Bangladesh website.

Calling all New Yorkers: I’m excited to announce that Saturday March 29th at 6pm I will be reading as part of the Eyes on Bangladesh photography exhibit! The exhibit is showcasing the work of Bengali photographers who show a different side of Bangladesh not often seen in the West, and wants to begin a dialogue between first and second generation Bangladeshis.

Doors open at 5:30pm, so come early and I hope to see you there! Also, check out the rest of their programming over on the Eyes on Bangladesh website.

— 3 weeks ago
#bangladesh  #bengali  #photography  #media  #narratives  #exhibit  #event  #writers 
"Resistant Bodies" Issue Release! →

As[I]Am, the Asian American social justice online magazine that I edit, just released their FIRST themed issue! Check out all the amazing Asian American artists and activists that came together for this issue.

Our spring issue includes: an exploration of mixed-race identity through poetry and illustration; journalism around the effects of drone warfare in Pakistan; and an interview about two artists’ work on the politics of being “visibly” queer, among many other pieces. Please share and support!

And check out my little recap post of our process over on my blog <3

— 1 month ago
#asian american  #asian  #asam  #asiam  #resistant bodies  #activism  #art  #artivism  #resistance  #bodies  #alok vaid-menon  #mia mingus  #jess x chen  #sophia trinh  #vivian fu  #coco layne  #isabel cajulis  #rowan buchanan  #hh bhojani  #sally tran  #christine oh 
"We aren’t given options for who exploits us. It isn’t a choose-your-own-adventure book – you can’t go to page 2 for the Western philanthropist who swoops in to save trafficked women or page 13 for the photographer/liberator paying this woman to take off her clothes."
Here’s my response to the recent American Apparel “Made in Bangladesh” ad - including copious links!
— 1 month ago with 2 notes
#bangladesh  #american  #american apparel  #ad  #oppression  #voiceless  #women 
And now, for an announcement:
This weekend is the NYC 2014 Feminist Zine Fest! I am a proud planner and schemer (the Pressure Cooker on our team), and I would love to see y&#8217;all out there.
Come out to the James Room (4th Floor, Barnard Hall) at Barnard College on 116th and Broadway between 1-6pm this Saturday, March 1st to trade zines, listen to zinesters read their work, and just be old school rad with us!
And, to pump you up even further, I created a mixtape in partnership with Homoground to get us charged for the fest! Check it out by clicking the picture above or this link right here.
See you Saturday!

And now, for an announcement:

This weekend is the NYC 2014 Feminist Zine Fest! I am a proud planner and schemer (the Pressure Cooker on our team), and I would love to see y’all out there.

Come out to the James Room (4th Floor, Barnard Hall) at Barnard College on 116th and Broadway between 1-6pm this Saturday, March 1st to trade zines, listen to zinesters read their work, and just be old school rad with us!

And, to pump you up even further, I created a mixtape in partnership with Homoground to get us charged for the fest! Check it out by clicking the picture above or this link right here.

See you Saturday!

— 1 month ago with 6 notes
#feministzinefest  #feminist  #nyc  #barnardcollege  #rad 
Writing about tiny heroes and the shape of a life on my blog &#8212; featuring a really lovely old sketch of mine! Click through for the post.

Writing about tiny heroes and the shape of a life on my blog — featuring a really lovely old sketch of mine! Click through for the post.

— 1 month ago with 1 note
#writing  #life  #lessons  #heroes  #sheroes 

baljitksingh:

I started this project by being inspired by Jamie C. Moore's work. She photographed her daughter who dressed up as five amazing women who made their mark in history. And so, I decided to do the same and make it around women of the arts. 

As much as we are surrounded by art in every aspect of our life, the arts I believe doesn’t always get the recognition it deserves. From my personal experience at home, the idea of a career in the arts wasn’t a “real” job and was told it would get me nowhere…especially as a women. I wanted to help open up people’s minds and expand the term of what art is. Art isn’t just painting or photography but it can be everything from music to writing to performing. There are tons of unbelievable people in the arts but I chose these eight influential ladies who I feel can empower young girls everywhere.

- Baljit Singh

Beautiful and inspiring.

— 2 months ago with 24888 notes
#portraits  #photography  #women artists  #artists