Sometimes our greatest insecurities lie within our greatest assets. While our white-American peers are risking skin cancer from skipping on the sun-block, some South Asian girls turn to harmful skin-lightening creams. No woman should feel the need to rely on a list to validate her sense of beauty. Regardless, hearing other perspectives can serve as a gentle reminder that there is beauty in everything. Below are qualities that survey respondents admired in South Asian women. Considering most South Asian-Americans are born to immigrant parents, they usually have strong ties with their cultural roots.
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The journey begins. We experience a lot. Things we can laugh about, things we cry about, things that confuse us, maybe even anger us. They may even be deeply attached to the roots of who we are. What are some things we experience on a day to day? Being compared to princess Jasmine?
What it Means to be South Asian in the American Context
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I cringe when I remember an uncomfortable conversation with a female cousin in the s. She ticked me off for what she saw as my arrogant assertion that life in the UK was superior to what she had in India. In my mind - and clearly spewing out of my mouth - was the sentiment that Britain had better roads, better schools, better dress sense, better humour and even what was I thinking!? Perhaps that is why growing up I never really delved into my parents' decision to emigrate in the s.