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27 Oct: The World’s Longest Lockdown Created Purpose-driven Sisterhood | an interview with Mahala founder, Priyanka Kaur

Melbourne’s most recent lockdown was tough. In fact it was the world’s longest lockdown. After another series of her in-person art workshops had to be cancelled, Priyanka (@artbypriyankaau) founded Mahala to support herself and fellow creatives, while also giving back to the community. Mahala is a social enterprise specialising in thoughtful gift boxes made by and for South Asian women. As a social enterprise it’s focused on giving back to the community, and thanks to Mahala’s generosity, it donates 50% of its profits to us (ASAC) . Since it’s launch 10 weeks ago, Mahala is already supporting 12 women-led businesses and carries 13 different products in its range. Priyanka believes social change doesn’t happen by itself and started Mahala to create the change that she wanted to see happen in the community.

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20 Oct: Empowering Youth participation in Australian federal politics | They’re not the leaders of tomorrow, they’re leaders of today

There is a need for greater diversity in our Parliament and note the urgent shortage of youth representation in these spaces, particularly young Women of Colour.

With federal elections gearing up for next year, it’s now more important than ever to look closely at who is representing us, whether their interests and values are actually aligned with what we care about, and who deserves our vote.

Book Reviews (4)

07 Oct: Seeking Shelter in the familiar: Homeward-bound Diaspora Book Recommendations

In July our book club members read Mira Sethi’s Are You Enjoying, a collection of seven short stories about life, love, intimacy and intrigue in contemporary, urban Pakistan. While our members observed that the stories didn’t offer as much insight into the lives of ordinary people, the book allowed for interesting conversations about power dynamics in the workplace. Read to find out what we thought of the book and the insightful conversation we had.

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30 Sep: Talking Good Daughters, Parenting and Healing with Sneha Lees’ Good Indian Daughter: Book Review & Discussion

In July our book club members read Mira Sethi’s Are You Enjoying, a collection of seven short stories about life, love, intimacy and intrigue in contemporary, urban Pakistan. While our members observed that the stories didn’t offer as much insight into the lives of ordinary people, the book allowed for interesting conversations about power dynamics in the workplace. Read to find out what we thought of the book and the insightful conversation we had.

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21 Sep: Highlighting Australian South Asian Artists

South Asian women are far and few in the Australian art scene. Their magnificent work does not get the recognition nor the prestige it deserves. We’re proud to share the journey of our former artists in residence Priyanka Kaur and Avneet Singh in producing a series of art depicting South Asian women, one of which ‘Dancing Rani’ was sold recently.

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12 Sep: Happy 1st Birthday ASAC

To commemorate the first anniversary of the Australian South Asian Centre (ASAC), our founders, Daizy Maan Kaur and Sehar Gupta share what they’ve learned on this journey so far and what’s planned for the future of ASAC.

Book Reviews (4)

07 Sep: Announcing ASAC’s Winning Writers

A few weeks ago we hosted an Opoortunity for Emerging Writers where 3 South Asian female wrirers would receive feedback on their writing from one of our experienced mentors. Meet our winners and learn about their writing journey

Book Reviews (3)

01 Sep: Fill Your Bookshelves with Sisterhood: Book Club Review of Mira Sethi’s Are You Enjoying?

In July our book club members read Mira Sethi’s Are You Enjoying, a collection of seven short stories about life, love, intimacy and intrigue in contemporary, urban Pakistan. While our members observed that the stories didn’t offer as much insight into the lives of ordinary people, the book allowed for interesting conversations about power dynamics in the workplace. Read to find out what we thought of the book and the insightful conversation we had.

Stellar series (7)

25 Aug: Pallavi Sharda

Our final Australian Stellar South Asian Woman 2021 is actor, dancer and activist Pallavi Sharda. Without losing her unique voice Pallavi has stood her ground in the film industry and urged other women to do the same. She openly shares about her fire for Bollywood, spiritual journey as a multi-hyphenate and advice for young aspiring South Asian actors.