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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Dealing with Racial Stress

You stressed? Stress is not necessarily a negative emotion. Everyone has gone through stressful situations and experiences at some point in their lives. A limited amount of stress can even help us build the necessary urgency and resilience to accomplish tasks and learn to deal with challenges in life. However, this is assuming that the…

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Joint Statement by Muslim Women Groups to OKLETSGO

[Content warning: Mentions of misogyny, sexual harassment, exploitation of sexual assault survivors, and online intimidation] We strongly condemn the misogynist and sexist comments consistently made on-air by Dzar Ismail, Dyn Norahim, and Raja Razie, the three hosts of the OKLETSGO podcast on Spotify. They minimise their crude and offensive language, sexual harassment on-air and exploitative…

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