Hello and welcome back to alas, our last podcast for Volume I and for this year. It’s a short and sweet podcast but definitely worth the listen, as this podcast aims to open your eyes to the concealed and censored world of China.

Reference: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/03/27/business/china-war-on-fun-earrings-tattoos.html


Brown Skin Girl.

Today, we talk about culture and most importantly the differences between cultural integration into a Western society and the implications it can lead to, especially within our own community.


The stories I have read tell me,

that my heritage is something

to be proud of.

the color of my skin

is the resemblance of dirt;

the very foundation of life.

Ma tells me within this skin

lies all the hardships of all the brown women,

who date back a lifetime.

she tells me wherever I am,

I will find a home.

that will remind me of the dusty villages

where I will find tongues of blade and spice.

But no one has ever told me,

these women in me whose bones ached at the touch

are not welcomed.

This land will tell stories

how people like me wear the label


as an insult to all the women in me.

Like their shame,

torn from the hem of my dress.

They refuse to tell the stories,

how our mothers have burned their tongues;

so our names are easier to swallow.

But I do not care for their words

to validate the color of my skin.

For I am not just my skin,

but every woman within

And the stories I write will be my own

Forged from the life of every brown woman known and unknown.

– By Zhrah Aziz

Mind Flourish.

This week, we’re exploring the South Asian psyche that creates a stigma around mental health.

Here are some South Asian owned and run resources:

  • Chetna is a mental health awareness organization with a strong focus on mental health in Brown culture. They share stories and have IGTV episodes on different topics associated with mental health, which let you know that you are not alone. They also release tips and self-care bingos, which help keep your mental health in check.   
  • MySahana is a South Asian American nonprofit organization dedicated to raising awareness about mental health and well-being. Through articles, videos, workshops, and more, they provide education on a number of emotional health-related issues. These range from describing various mental health ailments to offering cultural-specific advice and coping strategies.
  • The Desi Wellbeing Project is a social media project dedicated to celebrating and promoting those people and qualities that cultivate emotional well-being in South Asian communities. Inspired by Humans of New York, the project features everyday South Asians attempting to battle those cultural factors contributing to the mental health crises within Desi communities
  • SAMHIN, short for the “South Asian Mental Health Initiative & Network,” also offers a variety of resources for those struggling with mental health issues. They offer their own directory of mental health professionals that users can search by location, specialty, languages spoken, and more.

TRANSCRIPT: Mind Flourish


Welcome to our very first podcast. In this podcast we will be introducing ourselves, thEMPOWER and talking about hope and why it’s so important not to lose hope in the face of everything that’s happening right now in the world and your own world.

Here are some articles relating to hope in an environmental, political, economic and cultural setting if you would like to check them out!

Article on the Exonerated 5: https://www.bbc.com/news/newsbeat-48609693

Hope in politics: https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-07-31/seesaws-installed-on-either-side-of-us-mexico-border-wall/11371294

Hope in the environment category: https://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-49151523

Hope in culturehttp://www.mystreetsireland.com

Here’s the link to the transcript