Is Crazy Rich Asians really enough when it comes to representation? Are we truly including everyone?
Writer and Anti-Racism advocate Sangeetha Thanapal has something to say about this.
In order to be on an international stage, we need to have an international mindset and deep understanding of all the social dynamics happening at large.
Sangeetha is a native of Singapore of the Indian minority group. I brought her on the show because I wanted to share an opinion that wasn’t of the Asian American stream of which I’m a part of. I knew that there were other voices out there that weren’t being shared with the world.
Coming to national prominence as Singapore’s foremost anti-racism advocate and writer, Sangeetha is known for coining the term “Chinese Privilege” as a way to analyse institutionalized racism in Singapore. She has written extensively on the topic and is currently working on a PhD on Chinese Privilege and racism in Singapore. She also writes about issues of gender, the body, colourism, colonialism and the Global South.
While she is most known for her political writing, her first love is fiction and she brings these themes and issues into her short stories as well. Her work has been published in Eureka Street and Wear Your Voice and she has been quoted in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Guardian and many more.
I wanted to talk to Sangeetha to better understand her side of the equation, especially because she is from the country of Singapore and of a minority that is under represented. I didn’t have her on the show because I agreed with her, but because I believed her point of view is important and worth sharing.
Despite what you may feel while listening to this episode, Sangeetha is not against Asian American representation at all, what she desires is that her country be treated with respect and be represented in the way it is.
In Today’s Episode:
- Who and what is Singapore?
- Understanding Crazy Rich Asians through an Indian Singaporean lens
- What is kiasu?
- American exceptionalism and systematized racism
- Having an international perspective
- And much more!
Want to get connected?
Her website is Kaliandkalki.
See the article she wrote that went viral.
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