Pride and Prejudice: Anecdotes from South Asian Women in Singapore

Gathered by ‘Afifah Shameemah __ These pieces are collections of candid responses from South Asian Muslim Women. These pieces were written to share some of the experiences of ladies in the community and to hopefully inspire some type of change. These pieces were written by South Asian women, for South Asian women.  This is for…

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Who Are You?

by Soorma Bhopali __ “What are you?” “What is your race?” These are questions that are thrown at me frequently, the latter of which was only asked recently at a small family get-together. I was stunned to be asked such a personal question in front of people I had just met that day. As a…

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Fitting In

by Mahina Shareef __ In 2000, my parents migrated to Singapore from a conservative rural town in India with three young kids in tow. While the Indian Muslim community here has a long history, I want to explore my experience as a first-generation immigrant in relation to the Malay community. The presence of the Malay…

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Editor’s Letter: South Asian Muslims

by ‘Afifah Shameemah __ “They call us crows; black, ugly, noisy. ‘The crows have descended’, they’ll joke among themselves.” – M. A. A friend, M, reached out to me to share her experiences as an Indian Muslim woman in Singapore through an insightful yet disheartening email. Much like her, many other South Asian Muslims have…

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Wearing the Hijab at Work

The Tripartite Alliance for Fair & Progressive Employment Practices (‘TAFEP’) is currently investigating an incident in which a hijab-wearing woman (‘hijabi’) working as a promoter at Tangs was asked to remove her hijab. Tangs had initially taken the position that this was a case of miscommunication regarding the company’s dress code and grooming standards to…

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Hope Is The Light of Kindness

by E __ [CW: This post describes the aftermath of rape, its emotional impact of rape & experience of intense victim-blaming.] What is Hope, you ask? Hope is Love personified. Hope is Kindness acted out. Hope is a Friend, and a Lover, who offers compassion unconditionally. Hope is everywhere if we simply allow it to…

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