8 South-Asian YA Authors You Should Be Reading
8 South-Asian YA Authors To Help Diversify Your Bookshelf
There are only three things we need in this entertainment biz: Representation, representation, representation! South Asian female representation is so lacking at the forefront of the entertainment industry, we tend to latch onto the very few well-known women we do have such as Mindy Kaling, Jameela Jamil, Tiya Sircar, Sarita Choudhury, Sarayu Blue, Parminder Nagra, and now, we can add young Maitreyi Ramakrishnan to the list. Carter, just 7-years-old, even helped her mom write her contribution to the song. The beautiful track and accompanying film by Beyonce embodies what it means to empower women of color, especially dark-skinned women. Darker-skinned women are often not considered as beautiful as even a light-skinned Black or Brown woman. Though it is only for a few seconds, Beyonce features two dark-skinned South Asian women within the short film, but those seconds are enough for us all to rejoice, to be heard, to be seen, and to be honored.
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When Maitreyi Ramakrishnan's friend Shaharah Gaznabbi sent her a screenshot of Mindy Kaling's tweet calling for South Asian girls to audition for a new Netflix show last year, she said yes. The honest reason, she said, was mostly that she wanted to hang out with her best friend, whom she hadn't seen in a while. It turned out that this spontaneous energy made her a good fit for the character, whose impulsiveness sometimes gets her into trouble. The show, loosely based on Kaling's childhood , centers on Devi Vishwakumar, an Indian American high school sophomore who is dealing with the grief of her father's sudden death while navigating ordinary high school troubles: grades, fitting in and, most important, boys.
Sons take care of their parents. I will be there whenever he needs me. You will get married. You will have your own family.