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19 May: Navigating identity and building community | Book Club Reviews Mehreen Faruqi’s Too Migrant, Too Muslim, Too Loud

With the Federal elections this month it only made sense to step into the world of politics and read @MehreenFaruqi’s ‘Too Migrant, Too Muslim, Too Loud’ as part of our South Asian Women’s Book Club.

Mehreen’s story taught us that while no migrant journey is the same, we all share the hope that there’s space to build and to create something better than what once was. It reminds us that the story of migrants in Australia is an ongoing and evolving one; and it’s up to us to shape the current narrative for ourselves and for future generations.

We were incredibly lucky to have Mehreen join us for a QnA. To learn about our discussions on the book and with Mehreen, check out the full blog.

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22 Apr: International Students – talented, hard working and not Australia’s cash cows

Australia’s International students are talented, hard working and resilient and deserve more support from the government and community. Our team member Dishi breaks down her experiences as an International Student in Australia during the pandemic and the challenges international students face both personally and professionally. Read the full piece to understand just how resilient the international student community is and why they deserve to be treated better than being Australia’s ‘cash cows’.

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30 Mar: 4 Ways Indian Philosophy Shows up in Western Culture

Ever felt that by living in Australia you were distant from your South Asian roots? Our new blog writer, Janani is passionate about Indian philosophy and in her latest post she shares how Indian philosophical concepts are actually quite deeply embedded in Western culture from daily conversations to pop culture.

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22 Mar: Learning to create meaningful events with Priya Parker’s The Art of Gathering | ASAC Book Club Reviews

This book made us reflect on all the gatherings we had attended over the last year, wondering if we have been a good host and whether the gatherings were meaningful. The book forced us to self-reflect, to think more deeply about the ways we’ve connected in the past and what we’d like to change moving forward.

If you’re not sure whether this book is for you, trust us when we say it is! This is the kind of book that you’ll read over a few weeks or months, taking in its golden nuggets of information, reflecting on them, applying them to your day-to-day life and finding yourself more satisfied with the way you connect with others. Check out our full review.

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02 Mar: How Shared Experience Transformed My Understanding of Mental Health Care

Mental wellbeing is important for everyone, no matter what community they’re part of. It’s healthy and normal to seek mental health help when we need to, just like we would for a physical ailment.

If you’re curious about: getting mental health care or what it’s like having a South Asian psychologist, or having conversations about mental health with friends, checkout this blog.

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01 Feb: Tale of Hope, Courage and Bangladesh’s Liberation War | Book Club Reviews Tahmima Anam’s A Golden Age

Last month we read Tahmima Anam’s ‘A Golden Age’ as part of our South Asian Women’s book club. A tale of hope, courage and Bangladesh’s Liberation War, this novel was a great way for us to learn about Bangladesh’s history which many of our members were not as familiar with. The novel inspired some interesting conversions on war, history and relationships with our members sharing stories of war they had heard from family.

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27 Dec: How I Learned to Love My Skin

Maneet shares her journey overcoming her skin-related self-esteem issues. ​Her story is one that many South Asian women will be familiar with: experiencing societal obsession that attempts to control women’s appearances and enforce impossible beauty standards. Maneet shares the lessons she’s learned about herself, her skin and her healing journey.