Cultural (Mis)Appropriation, Appreciation, and Exchange: The Spectrum, and Why It Matters

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After Halloween had concluded, I found a video by a gentleman dressed in a very, for lack of a better way of putting it, “stereotypical” outfit from Mexico: a sombrero and fake mustache. As a multiracial Eurasian, being exposed to stereotypes was nothing new. Continue reading “Cultural (Mis)Appropriation, Appreciation, and Exchange: The Spectrum, and Why It Matters”

Cultural (Mis)Appropriation of Kali’s Rage: A Perspective

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“Salutations be to you, O Narayani, you who have the power of creation, sustentation, and destruction and are eternal. You are the substratum and embodiment of the three gunas. Salutations be to you, O Narayani, O you who are intent on saving the dejected and distressed that take refuge under you. O you, Devi, who remove sufferings of all.” (Devi Mahatmya, 11:11-12)

A few weeks ago during one of the more recent tumultuous periods of American politics, online protesters started to black out their Facebook profiles. In the process, I noticed something rather concerning when I peeked in a discussion on the topic. Continue reading “Cultural (Mis)Appropriation of Kali’s Rage: A Perspective”

Decolonizing [My] Literature, Part I: Asian Courtesans and Folklore

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After reading several articles and reflecting back on my own limited scholarship in South Asian Religion, I had considered the many ways I could approach the prospect of decolonizing our literature; more importantly, how to decolonize mine. This sort of endeavor is both rewarding and challenging in its own right. Continue reading “Decolonizing [My] Literature, Part I: Asian Courtesans and Folklore”

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