"When we use ‘Paki’, we lose. We disrespect every migrant before us who suffered the indignity of prejudice. To appropriate a Western slur used against all of us to attack some of us is true degradation. Who said the Empire Struck Back? The imperialists and their progeny, the neo-Nazis, have won. To be called a Paki was, ironically, the great leveller, transcending all boundaries — your local racists kindly ignored class, creed, colour, country of origin and caste when it came to the hunt. The histories of nations were wiped clean by a steel-toed boot, a tabula rasa created by young men blinded by hate. They knew nothing of Partition, the wars between India and Pakistan, the civil war in Sri Lanka and the fight for Bangladeshi independence. It didn’t matter whether you were Parsi or Christian, working-class or filthy rich, Sinhala or Sikh, Bangladeshi or Guyanese."
Originating in England, “Paki” was the kind of word that would easily spurt out of an English racist in an early Hanif Kureishi film. The Oxford English Dictionary dates its first usage in print to as late as 1964. The term crossed the Atlantic to Canada in the early 1970s. By the 1980s, “dothead” and “curryhead” had been coined as American alternatives to “Paki”. And now, some Indians have chosen to appropriate this term of abuse and partition its meaning.
This racist term has been used to a degree that even other brown people - Arabs, Persians, Afghans - are attacked with variations of this word. If you’re going to use it, expect reactions and don’t complain. A slur is a slur is a slur. No two ways about it.
Here’s a reminder. It was a racial slur coined by a white man against brown people of Asia. If you’re not Pakistani, don’t use it because you don’t have the right to “reclaim” it - which, again, is another equally conflicted and controversial idea because many Pakistanis are against it. If you still think it’s okay to use this slur “for fun” or any other reason, stay the fuck away from me. Unfollow right now.
the first South Asian LGBTQ hotline has been launched to help gay South Asians/Desi youths and their families.
This has already been launched on October 11. Please repost widely to the South Asian/Desi community in your area. Dhanyavad.
Announcing the Launch of DeQH!
a Desi lgbtQ Helpline
On National Coming Out Day, Thursday, October 11th, 2012, a coalition of South Asian lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) organizations and individuals in the U.S. will launch DeQH, the first South Asian LGBTQ national helpline.
DeQH offers free, confidential, culturally sensitive peer support, information and resources by telephone for LGBTQ South Asian individuals, families and friends around the globe. The intent is to provide a safe and supportive ear for callers to share their concerns, questions, struggles or hopes through conversations with trained LGBTQ South Asian Peer Support Volunteers.Callers can reach the helpline at (908) FOR-DEQH (908-367-3374) 8pm-10pm on Thursdays and Sundays, Eastern Standard Time [5-7pm PST]. Days and times will expand over time.
DeQH is a collaboration of South Asian LGBTQ groups and individuals around the nation including AQUA North Carolina, Hotpot! in Philadelphia, SALGA NYC, Satrang in LA, and Trikone San Francisco. Please contact us if your group is interested in joining our effort, and/or if you are interested in becoming a general volunteer or would like to be trained as a peer support volunteer.
DeQH operates with support from NQAPIA. Trikone is a fiscal sponsor of DeQH.
Adam Grabowski (misterzumbi) created Lego art inspired by Pakistan.
I love how he gave extra attention to the certain type of art (coins, chains, self-portraits, landscapes, lights and a lot more) we decorate our trucks with in Pakistan. Zabardast!
I get off at Smith and 9th Street with my dirty dastar in my hands, not knowing what to do. My eyes fill with tears immediately. I feel naked and exposed, so small, so humiliated, and so, so alone. Why did he do that? Why? Was it fun for him? Did he impress his friends? Does it make him feel like he has more power than someone else—someone who looks like an immigrant, a foreigner, bin Laden?
I get to a corner of the platform and break down in despair, remembering fifth grade vividly, feeling so angry and exhausted from living in this country. The twentysomething years of this shit is going through me at once—the slurs, the obnoxious stares, the go-back-to-your-countries, the threats, the towel/rag/tomato/condom/tumor heads, all of it. But somehow pulling off my turban hurts more than anything. Maybe it’s the symbolism of my identity wrapped up in this one piece of cloth that, like my brown skin, I wear everyday."
Sabina England is a self-described ‘deaf punk Muslim playwright’ who has found community and feminism in the Muslim punk movement tacqwacores, which started in reality as a reaction to a 2003 novel of the same name. Read about her upcoming film and the tacqwacores in general in Sara Yasin’s piece ‘Muslim Feminist Punk: Helping Destroy Stereotypes of Gender, Religion and Race.’
check out my website
You guys seen that cartoon Phineas and Ferb? I have some issues with that show
Like, it’s cute and everything, but let’s just talk about the Baljeet for a second.
He is basically a caricature of Indian people. And if I were to measure his offensiveness on a scale, I would say he’s gone from Ashton Kutcher Pop Chips Commercial offensive to Seriously How the Fuck Can You Put this in a Children’s Show offensive.
So many little kids watch this show! And this is their fucking exposure to an Indian kid on television? Disgusting.
The episode I watched with the kid I babysat today had Baljeet sing about how much he missed the kid who bullied him, because he’s ‘meant’ to be his nerd forever (ACTUAL SHIT THIS SHOW SAYS), and there was even a nostalgic montage of the bully beating up/humiliating Baljeet in various ways.
And the little white kid I babysit was laughing! This is meant to be funny, kids are supposed to want puny nerdy little Baljeet to go back to his bully, because that’s just how their friendship works and it’s totally hilarious and okay.
Statisitics and people’s personal experiences PROVE that East/South Asian kids are the most bullied/harassed in school. That fucks kids up!
And this Indian doormat stereotype is everywhere in the media, but to see a little Indian actually longing to be bullied and see it passed off as humor? Is honestly just plain weird.
Please tell me other people have noticed this problem.
ugh i can’t stand that show for this reason.
have you seen the show jessie? there’s also an indian kid named ravi on it. and he is also a bunch of indian stereotypes personified. to be fair, he born in india and was later adopted by a white family living in the states so yeah he has an accent from living in india, but really. indians are so fucking comical apparently, so we evidently need to have them reduced to complete caricatures if we ever plan on having indians “represented” on TV shows.
this is why we can’t have nice things.
Testimony by ARNAB BANERJI (www.asaap.ca)
About the Project:
“Colour Me Queer” is an community-based photography project conceptualized by prominent Queer activist and Photographer Arnab Banerji with stories from queer-identified community models. Organized in partnership with ASAAP, this project recognizes the role of pride, shame, self-esteem and body politics in how we negotiate sex and interact with partners. Personal stories of pride, resilience and love from South Asian queer-identified models are depicted through narrative and photographed by Arnab.
Urdustan is now out, available for $9.00 in PRINT only. It is a collection of short stories about South Asians—punks, vampires, deafies, etc. There are seven stories in total. Please visit Urdustan for a summary and a short review by Jean-Marc, a musician based in Brussels, Belgium (the world’s very FIRST review of Urdustan).
Seven stories, four nations, one people.
Whether it’s a slaughterhouse in the East End of London or a run-down hotel in the holy city of Al-Madinah, a tiny township in Northern Michigan or a fishing village on the Bay of Bengal in India, people yearn for the same thing in common–life–to experience life and to feel alive.
Urdustan tells the stories of North Indians and Pakistanis; Muslims and Hindus; Desi Americans and British Asians. All come from the same land yet each leads a different life and tells a different story; each shares the desire to experience love and friendship, the insatiable urge to connect to others on a human level.
Urdustan reveals multiple personalities of the South Asian diaspora that are often ignored. The stories are richly interwoven with different characters from many walks of life–Hasidic Jews, African Americans, punks, deaf teens, gay males, and even supernatural creatures such as vampires and angels. Romance, horror, racism, homophobia, audism, love, death, spirituality, fantasy, friendship all play important factors in the storytelling of Urdustan. Each story is a small reflection of the greatly diverse world we live in and call our home.
# REPPIN D.I.Y SELF-PUBLISHED DESI / DEAF / MUSLIM / PUNK AUTHORS
………………………… YOU SPELLED IT WRONG.
Maggi Mee maybe?
mmm… Maggie Mee Goreng.
WHY THE FUCK DOES SHE HAVE TO BE SO GODDAMN FAIR SKINNED? MOST SOUTH ASIAN PEOPLE ARE NOT THIS PALE.
AND IT’S FINE IF YOU’RE PALER SKINNED. I AM ACTUALLY ON THE FAIRER SIDE MYSELF. BUT WHY DOES THIS DOLL CREATE THIS FALSE IDEAL FOR YOUNG GIRLS WHO ARE PROBABLY NOT AS FAIR? WHY THE FUCK CAN’T SHE BE DARKER SKINNED SO THAT LITTLE SOUTH ASIAN GIRLS CAN IDENTIFY WITH SOMETHING BEAUTIFUL AND FEEL BEAUTIFUL INSTEAD OF FORCED INTO THINKING THEY’RE NOT GOOD ENOUGH?
I’M PRETTY SURE THAT THIS IS THE ONLY COLOR OPTION ON THIS DOLL. SHE DOESN’T COME IN ANY OTHER SHADE THAN ‘ASHWAIRYA RAI EURO-CENTRIC WITH LIGHT EYES’.
DO YOU KNOW WHY THE FUCK PRODUCTS LIKE FAIR AND LOVELY EXIST?
BECAUSE OF THIS DOLL. BECAUSE OF THIS FUCKING DOLL.
Okay, Kiskolee is done. Gah. Just. THIS ANGERS ME SO MUCH.
I wanted to bold the important parts, but realised I’d be bolding all the commentary. So yeah.
“IF YOU DON’T LIKE MY CURRY, THEN GET THE FUCK OUT OR ELSE I’LL BEAT YOUR FACE WITH MY CHAPPAL!!!!”
homemade shirt I made
Before TAQWACORES was born, there were already South Asian punks, Muslim punks, and the whatnot, you know, only that the world ignored them. There was an excellent short story called With Your Tongue Down My Throat (published in 1987/88) written by Hanif Kureishi, which involves British Asian youths (Pakistani and South Asian), punks, and South Asian immigrants, set in England during the early 1980s. Read it or die.
I HAVE TO FIND & READ THIS