WHOPE - In Sioux mythology, Whope is the daugher of the Sun Wi (the all-knowing Dakota spirit of the sun) and the moon. She is a goddess of peace and the wife of the south wind. When Whope visited he earth, she gave the Dakota Indians a pipe as a symbol of peace. Later she became the White Buffalo Calf Woman to the Lakota Indians.
“How is this even safe?” Trini asked, holding a diya, a little clay lamp, in her hand. It was going to be an idyllically crisp October evening, perfect for celebrating Diwali in the Hart family’s backyard. Kim’s parents were bringing supplies out of the house (snacks, matches, lighters) while Kim and Trini set up the tiny little lamps.
“We’re putting them in the pool, Trini,” Kim explained for the third time. “Nothing unsafe about it.”
“All I’m saying is my mom would freak if she found out I came over to your house to play with fire.”
Okay so I’ve been watching sense8 and while there are things about it that are a little ridiculous (so many gunfights and explosions - I love it tho), the absolute BEST thing about it and the reason I decided to watch it in the first place: diverse cast.
There’s Nomi Marks (a lesbian transwoman - her gf is played by Freema Agyeman),
Sun Bak (a female Korean CFO and underground fighter ???!!!!!!!)
Capheus (a Kenyan trying to save his mother who is dying from AIDS)
Wolfgang Bogdanow (a German thief who faced child abuse)
Lito Rodriguez (a closeted gay Spanish Mexican actor)
I have never seen an Indian woman with thick curly hair on a screen. Not one who’s meant to be beautiful and lovable. Not one who gets a romantic storyline. Even the actresses who do have naturally curly hair generally just straighten it always. Look at her hair and the frizz and the curls and !!!!!!!!
I grew up hating my hair. I absolutely abhorred it. I considered chemically straightening it more than once and only didn’t do it because keratin therapy is crazy expensive. The last time I cut my hair, the hairdresser went on and on about how beautiful my hair was and how much other women pay for hair like mine in weaves and wigs. And then she spent the next twenty minutes desperately trying to convince me to keratin straighten it. It’s only desirable when it’s straight, no frizz, tamed down. I still flatiron mine every time I have an event at which I want to look and feel beautiful.
But look at Kala! Capheus, Wolfgang, and Rajan all find her beautiful, and she doesn’t even straighten her hair for her wedding or engagement ceremonies! She’s STILL BEAUTIFUL. And look at her skin!!! MY SKIN IS THAT COLOR!!!! She’s not the palest possible Indian woman! She isn’t super dark either, but she looks South Indian, like me. And her strength of faith!!!! It’s questioned but never laughed at. Lord Ganesha is presented so respectfully and Hinduism isn’t made fun of or exoticised like I find in Western media so often!!!! Kala saves Wolfgang using her brains and building a literal bomb/molotov cocktail!!!!!!!!
I don’t think I ever realized just how much happiness it would bring me to find someone who looked like me on a screen, and who is called beautiful and wanted and isn’t fetishized at all. (I mean I’m way shorter and a bit squatter lmao bc I’m not an actual model like Tina but stilllll).
ok I just remembered where have I seen Tess before..
So as some of you know, I try to track Niall’s IG activity and few weeks ago one of Conor’s activity caught my attention - he had commented on Tess’s post -
And I went ooohhh.. heart-eyes! conor has a crush?? lemme check the post! and i was thrown off a bit by her caption.. i remember thinking - look! she’s got the nerve to flaunt her bikini-bod and ask for food! why am i not surprised a skinny model is craving for lunchtime.. hehehe.. and thankfully her bio caught my attention too and i stood corrected -
so i browsed through almost all her posts from 2017 and noticed conor liked all non-food pics.. where she’s mostly serving sexy looks.. and i went.. “MEN.. *smh**eyeroll*.. the usual, amirite?”
anyways, tbh i was pleasantly surprised to find that Tess is actually a food consultant/blogger with proper job and a passion for it.. she travelled across south india to explore their local cuisine which got her brownie points from me, considering I love south indian food too! She practises yoga and loves to travel, is a successful entrepreneur and i ended up respecting her for all of these qualities! more power to you girl!!
and to address the elephant in the room.. idk whether she’s dating harold, but if she is - i am inclined to root for them.. after all, for once, he’s got it right this time!
On a relatively non-related note and for no reason, here’s a list of people Niall follows on IG that also follow Tess hehe -
Anyways, i know nobody asked and i got side-tracked by all of the above.. so moving back to the prime topic at hand - Harry’s album is releasing worldwide starting today y'all !! ENJOIII !! :) :) :)
How do you feel about the way India culture is represented in Steven Universe?
Hey anon! Thanks for writing in. This is a good question. And I’m not trying to be a jerk or anything, but representations of Indian culture (which is not a monolithic culture, mind you) in SU are pretty much non-existent.
Don’t get me wrong, I love Connie and her family to bits. They’re a breath of fresh air in comparison to typical representations of Indians in white US media. Apart from usually only being north Indians, the images I grew up with in the US were those of scrawny, un-athletic, awkward (physically and socially), undesirable nerd boys who had (bad, unrealistic, highly exaggerated and caricatured) Indian accents and whose lives revolved around grades and STEM, particularly math. They usually were shown as too uptight or obsessive about grades, denigrating non-STEM related things, never developing any other skills, and needing to be “fixed”. If they weren’t vilified in comparison to a white male lead, they were made the member of the protagonist’s group that is a constant victim of bullying and always the butt of jokes, usually surrounding their names, inability to get girls, appearance, masculinity, or interests. And yet, despite everything, if not a “villain” (often not even taken seriously enough to really be a scary villain), they always are portrayed as friends to the white male main characters, somehow continuing to kiss up to them.
Indian girls? If they even were in media at all, they were fetishized and exoticized, whose (unrealistic) accents and brown skin make them sexy (in the eyes of the white man!!) instead of laughable. Unrealistically beautiful and charming, probably related to the Indian guy, and only existing to be the romantic/sexual object for a white guy. And LGBTQ+ Indians in US media? I have never seen them.
None of the images I’ve described really portray Indian cultures. They only exist to put down South Asians (which, by the way - there are more South Asians than just Indians) and to uplift white people (particularly of European descent) as superior in comparison to us.
Connie is such a relief from many of these images. First off, she’s a dark-skinned south Indian girl. She is a romantic interest, yes, but she is more - she is her own, three-dimensional character. She’s not the butt of jokes. She stands up for herself. It is sort of disappointing that SU plays into the trope of brown parents being overly strict and harsh to the point that the child keeps things hidden from them and has little faith that they will listen to her at all, while still relying on them completely. But that is somewhat subverted in that Dr. and Mr. Maheshwaran are shown to be loving and goofy. They do listen and learn from Connie and are shown to change - communication is improved, and Connie does lots of stuff independently (while also telling them now). I am less upset about that because of the overall change. And you know what? No one makes fun of Connie’s name or her interests. Plus I just adore her. She is loved by all and cherished, having her opinion really valued.
But despite that - there isn’t really any Indian culture on the show that I can really think of. Like, there’s the last name, and that wedding picture someone pointed out (that most people would have missed, and was a background detail anyway), but apart from that, there is nothing. Which kind of sucks. It is sort of complicated because immigrants can’t really live the ways they used to back in India, so I know every immigrant does the whole “living-away-from-the-homeland” thing differently, and it often depends on religion and how closely tied to India the family is. Still, many people I know continue to carry their traditions with them. It can be so hard when you aren’t surrounded with people like you, yet many of us celebrate our holidays and festivals, enjoy our dance and music, speak our languages (to some extent, colonization is a thing), wear our clothes, visit Indian friends and relatives, eat our foods, pray to our gods, practice our customs, shop at Indian stores (if there are any in our area), call our grandparents in India, etc. And there isn’t really any of that. I guess the show isn’t really focused on Connie’s life, but she is still a huge part of it, so something would be important I think. “Maheshwaran” is a Tamil name (and Tamil isn’t just spoken in Tamil Nadu, but Sri Lanka and Singapore as well), and Priyanka is a Hindu name, so it would be really cool to see some Tamil and/or Hindu traditions on the show. There was a post I reblogged a while ago that had suggestions for ways Indian culture could be better represented on the show. I’ll try to see if I can dig that up because I loved it.
I can’t speak for the other cultures on the show, but at least for the Maheshwarans, I wish there was more.
This got a lot longer than I had wanted it to be lol, so I’ll end it here. I hope this answered your question. I’ll also have to proofread it later, so if you need clarifications/comments about anything, please let me know. Have a lovely day!!
Yes definitely. Personally I see her as blasian, but she’s definitely Asian. It will probably never be clear if she’s Chinese, Japanese, North Korean, South Korean, Mongolian, Indonesian, Indian, etc. because… ok I’m not gonna be salty or anything but it’s just bc sjm probably doesn’t know. But Nuan is Asian. I love my sapphic Asian mom. Straight?? White?? I dont think so.
“Kannada film industry’s tryst with experimenting with interesting subjects has touched a new level. For the first time in south Indian cinema, a young Kannada filmmaker has dared to showcase the ‘taboo’ subject of lesbianism in his latest movie 141 amid threats from fringe groups.
The movie is all set to release on September 11 despite lack of support from the Regional Censor Board and the film fraternity.
The movie will be dubbed into Telugu and Tamil and will be released across Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and Tamil Nadu on September 18. Incidentally, the movie was lying in the pipes for more than one-and-half-years, as the Regional Censor Board refused to clear it.
“Making this movie was a challenge for me. The Regional Censor Board was completely against my project. First, they refused to clear my title. Then, they did not give me the certificate contending that it was against our culture. I had to approach a revising committee to secure the clearance.
Even now, they have not permitted me to use posters extensively to promote the movie. My aim is to expose how the society and the government, who are opposed to lesbianism, which has gained acceptance elsewhere,” said director Bhavaji, who has also produced the movie.
Bhavaji made it clear that his movie did not have any ‘cheap’ content though it had been given an ‘A’ certificate. “Though the movie has been given an 'A’ certificate for the nature of content, but there are no scenes that will make the audience uncomfortable. The movie tells the story of two women, who are in love with each other and how they have to face the wrath of the society,” he added.
Owing to the sensitive nature of the subject, the director roped in new actors for the movie - Tanya (Russian) and Kavya to form the lead pair while Farooq Khan, a Hyderabad-based actor, is also seen in a prominent role.
The director had great difficulty in filming the movie, which was shot for over 30 days in Bengaluru, Mangaluru, Shivamogga, Udupi and Hyderabad. Praveen Olivier, who worked under Oscar award winning music maestro A R Rahman, has composed the music for the movie.
“It is such an irony that this movie was ready by end of 2013 and I am permitted to release it now without any kind of publicity. Neither the Karnataka Film Chambers of Commerce nor the Regional Censor Board appreciated my work. I am disappointed with the lack of their support,” said the director.
Now, Bhavaji is facing a different kind of threat from fringe groups, who are of the view that the movie is against Indian culture. He has received calls from them asking him not to release the movie.
“I might seek police protection if there is any opposition to film’s release. All I want to say to those who are opposing the movie is that it is not an X-rated film. I have tried to capture the sentiments of a lesbian couple and how the society treats them,” he said.“
There’s been a lot of buzz about Hymn for the Weekend, which features a setting in India and Beyoncé wearing a sari. Throughout the day I’ve noticed a lot about this whole thing:
• Lots of desi people are okay with the video and love it. I’ve seen many say things like “I love how they’re presenting India in such a beautiful way!” “This made me happy I’m Indian” “I’m glad they’re being respectful!”. I’ve also seen many explain why this is appreciation over appropriation and that most don’t mind when people wear things like a sari if they’re not desi as long as they’re showing it in a respectful and appropriate way. There are also some people who are happy that a black woman is in a sari since apparently darker skin is seen as ugly in parts of India and they are glad that Beyoncé is breaking down barriers.
• Most of the people that aren’t okay with it are not south asian, primarily white people, and they seem to think that “portrayal of another culture=instant horrible appropriation”. I’ve also seen many use racist remarks against Beyoncé that all refer to her skin color.
• People are only dragging Beyoncé and not Coldplay, which is ridiculous since you would think the white guys would be the first to go, but no, “because Beyoncé wore the sari she is the only one to blame”
• Lots of people saying disrespectful things to south asians like “She looks so much better than any Indian girl.”
The #1 thing though is that nobody actually did research, they just pulled up receipts.
For instance, the director of the video is Indian and said in an interview that he wanted to portray India in a fun and positive light, so he used things like Holi/dancers/children/temples/fireworks to do so. He also had an Indian designer create the clothes Beyoncé wore in the video (including the headdresses!)
Obviously there is a gray area when it comes to Coldplay since they already have a history of using other cultures in their music videos (princess of China) and also that Coldplay wanted to use Indian aesthetics for their video, but that is up for debate.
As someone who isn’t Indian I can’t say what is offensive and what isn’t, but I don’t believe that the video is harmful or cultural appropriation, but rather appreciation.
STANDING ROCK SIOUX TRIBE’S ELDEST TRIBAL MEMBER CELEBRATES 100 YEARSBY
/ 08 NOV 2016
Therese Martin Reflects on Life of Faith and Government Oppression
by Darren Thompson
STANDING ROCK – On Sunday, November 6 the Standing Rock community gathered for food, song, gifts, speeches and prayer to give Therese a party a lifetime in the making. Therese Martin is the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe’s oldest living member and celebrated 100 years of life on November 3, 2016.
A life-long Lakota woman of faith received good words, countless cards and gifts, a custom hand-sewn Star quilt from the Sitting Bull College, stirring speeches by many people of various walks of life, songs presented in the Lakota language, a performance by a Native American flute player, and even a birthday commemoration from His Holiness Pope Francis.
She has lived through every foreign war the United States has participated in, the Great Depression and more than 15 Presidents. She has witnessed some of this country’s most historical pieces of legislation including the Indian Citizenship Act of 1924 and the American Indian Religious Freedom Act of 1978.
Although born in the United States, it wasn’t until she was 16 that she was considered a citizen. And it wasn’t until she was 60 that she was able to legally witness the ceremonies and hear the language of her people.
“When I realize I am still here at 100 years old, I think to myself: this must be a mistake!” laughed Therese Martin. “They must have recorded it wrong.”
Experiencing a lifetime of suppression of language and culture, she expressed multiple times that one of her life’s greatest experiences was to teach her own people about the Lakota language and culture. When Sinte Gleska University first opened its doors on the Rosebud Indian Reservation in South Dakota, she attended as an undergraduate student in the 1970’s to relearn her language so she could teach the next generation.
“She was one of the very few role models in Indian education and it was through her work that inspired much of this community,” said Sitting Bull College President Dr. Laurel Vermillion. “She is one of the kindest women you could ever meet and was one of the first Lakota language teachers.”
“She is one of our community’s greatest treasures,” added Dr. Vermillion.
Born and raised in a community on the Standing Rock Indian Reservation known as Mad Bear Camp, her childhood home is now 40 feet under Lake Oahe, the man-made reservoir created by the Army Corps of Engineers in the late 1950’s. With the building of the Dakota Access Pipeline encroaching just north of the reservation, it is not Therese’s first encounter with the Army Corps of Engineers and the Federal Government’s attempt to interrupt her people’s way of life.
A product of government boarding schools, Therese gave an emotional speech that will live on for generations among her people and community. She expressed her gratitude, humor and her life’s most memorable experiences.
“Some of the happiest moments of my life were when I was a teacher, being able to speak and share our language once again,” shared Therese. “But since I can remember our people have been under the thumb of the government.”
“She used her knowledge to teach the next generation to learn about her people’s ways,” continued Father Basil of St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Ft. Yates, ND. “There isn’t a single person in this community that can’t learn from the life of Therese.”
No doubt a Lakota woman of great generosity, kindness, love and faith, Therese shared her life’s journey on faith: “There is a heaven for all of us and I’m looking forward to that. I feel I can pray better in my own language. It seems like God understands more and I talk to him like I’m talking to a friend and it seems like he hears me. He has kept me well all these years. I want to stay healthy so I can pray to the Creator, to be good to people—I love all people.”
“I love everyone who has come here to help us in Standing Rock,” continued Therese. “To see our people standing up for our rights, makes me so proud. When I read about those in camps, I hope they fight to the bitter end.”
She closed: “We are still under the Government’s thumb and it is time to save what little we have left.”
You can wish Therese Martin a wonderful life by sending gratitude, cards, and gifts to PO Box 439, Ft. Yates, ND 58538.
Hi! One of the character's I'm writing is of Indian descent. I've been looking at a lot of Indian fashion designers (specifically Anushree Reddy) for inspiration for her clothing, but I'm not sure if that's culturally accurate. I know that India itself is a very diverse region in terms of clothing and attitudes, and I guess to put it into words, I'm wondering what the perception of designer fashions are within Indian culture. Thank you in advance for your help!
Designer Fashion in India
Christ, you had to go and ask the one straight male mod a women’s fashion question, didn’t you? xD
based on what you say here I have to make a couple of assumptions to be
able to answer this: 1) this story is contemporary, not historical, and
2) this character lives in India, not the diaspora. If either of these
is not true, you’re looking for a different answer than what you’re
going to get. Clothing and fashion attitudes naturally varied greatly
throughout history, and today fashion in India itself can been quite
different from fashion in the diaspora community, just be aware.
first thing to realize is that designer fashion isn’t something that
people are going to wear everyday, even in the west, and similarly in
India. Something like Anushree Reddy is what someone might wear to her
wedding reception, not to work and certainly not for wandering around
Delhi or someplace. So if you’re looking for inspiration for everyday
clothing, high fashion designers are probably the wrong place, unless
your character is the upper class type who would wear designer
clothing every day (I don’t personally know many people like this,
either in the US or India, so that’s what I’m going on).
(young—I’m assuming this is what you’re after?) women’s clothing that
I’ve seen on the street in India usually draws from traditional Indian
clothing with a modern twist. This can be anything from jeans with a
printed or embroidered top that might have some sort of Indian-styled
design to a salwaar kameez with a dupatta across the chest and
shoulders. Saris might be more common among older women (not too much
older, like 40s+ even), but some young women will wear saris as well, so
I’d have to see some data to state anything on this one way or another.
You won’t wear your best clothes every day (have you ever been to an
Indian city?—not usually the kind of place you want yours nice clothes
dragging on the ground), but even normal street clothes tend to be
pretty colorful. It’s just that designs will typically be printed
rather than embroidered or sequined or something.
These are all
very broad strokes I’m painting with, because trends will vary between
communities, so whether you come from a Hindu, Muslim, Sikh, Christian,
Buddhist, Jain, Jewish, or atheist/agnostic background will dictate some
of your patterns of dress, and then within that, your family’s and your
personal level of religiosity will have some say in how you dress and
how much you cover up, as will your environment—that is urban or rural.
The tendency across much of India is toward light and airy
clothes because it’s usually very hot, but it’s also a pretty
conservative society so modesty is emphasized as well (for women more
than men—did I mention the sexism? Because there’s also the sexism).
But again, these are tendencies and not rules, so you’ll have to do
some research into the background of this character and how those
attitudes might affect her manner of dress. While high fashion might be
a place to start, it’s usually not something that someone would wear
every day and every place, even if she can afford it.
I hope this can be answered, but I’m hella white and my MC is half white half indian, and I’m really not sure what he would go through going to school in the southern united states. He’s almost completely indian-passing, except for his golden brown eyes. I really want to write his experience properly, without understating or exaggerating.
Hoo boy. I didn’t grow up in the South, but I did grow up in a very conservative part of the Southwest where the culture is very similar to parts of the rural south. It can be tough. Not gonna lie.
To start off, depending on where your character lives, there may not be many Indians so others will not know what to make of him at all (this can be hugely different between an urban and a rural area, since “the South” is hardly a monolith and this could honestly happen anywhere). Depending on the local demographics, others may mistake him for a member of another group. In fifth grade, a kid started grilling me about what I was, rattling off every group he could think of, even using some slurs, and never guessing Indian once.
If there are any other Indians in the area, it’s basically a given than others will assume you all know each other (“Do you know Vipesh?” “No, I don’t know Vipesh.” “He’s Indian.” “So?”)
If you’re an Indian Muslim, you might encounter bigotry on account of that (this wouldn’t be unique to the South, of course). Even if you aren’t Muslim, you can get all the fun splash damage from any anti-Muslim bigotry that may run through the area. Soon after 9/11 in PE class, I fouled a kid in basketball and he proceeded to tell me about how “we” were bombing “my” country. Yay!
Depending on when your story is set, your character can expect to get related to any Indians the locals may know from the media. I grew up in the 1990s/2000s, so basically Indians in the media were limited to Apu from The Simpsons. Let me tell you how quickly Quickie Mart jokes get old. Hopefully today, with more Indians in the media than ever before, the situation’s a bit better (Bobby Jindal notwithstanding!).
Like I said above, the American South is no monolith, and similar experiences can obviously happen anywhere in the country. If your character is growing up in present-day Atlanta, rather than rural Alabama in the early 2000s, he may encounter far less of this, and there’s going to be a large local Indian community to fall back on for support. Otherwise, you can feel very alone.
Now, it might sound like your character’s life should be full of crap, but I’ve related four separate incidents and these took place over the course of about five to eight years. Most of the time, you can expect a pretty normal life. Just have your character expect that, every time India gets discussed in class, everyone turns to look at him.
Also there’s nothing “un-Indian” about lighter eyes. My mother and grandfather have/had very green eyes. One of my grandmothers had blue eyes and a very fair complexion but she was south Indian as far back as we could trace her ancestry. You get all kinds of eye and skin colors in Indians, because “Indians” are a hugely diverse group.