One of my favorite musicians, Tajmeel Sherif, singing an Ilaiyaraaja song is the musical version of a gentle breeze: Thendral in Tamil. When Tajmeel released this cover, I thought, well, this blog has a song 🙂 I miss Tamil. https://open.spotify.com/track/5Pj5jYUArvV4a4xIyx24zv?si=495493d922fb4536 Thendral Vanthu Ennai Thodum Thendral vanthu ennai thodum[A breeze is touching me]Aaha satham intri mutham… Continue reading A song on Thendral 🙂
They call us now,before they drop the bombs.The phone ringsand someone who knows my first namecalls and says in perfect Arabic“This is David.”And in my stupor of sonic booms and glass-shattering symphoniesstill smashing around in my headI think, Do I know any Davids in Gaza?They call us now to sayRun.You have 58 seconds from the end… Continue reading Running Orders by Lena Khalaf Tuffaha
A couple of sociologist friends (Dr. Min Li and Dr. Yiqing Yang) and I wrote a short piece for AAPI Heritage month in the Asheville Citizen Times. We had a longer piece. Thought it might be a good place to share it here! This May, as we commemorate another Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI)… Continue reading Oppression and Resistance : What it means to be Asian and Asian American
It's late but we can always make a book list, right? Good Reads lets me document the books I read in a year. Of the books I read in 2020, I have some favorites - only because they taught me to think of the world in a different way, or articulated a feeling that I've… Continue reading A 2020 list: Books
Published paper in Mobilization! You can find the full paper here. Here is the abstract: Intersectional Grievances in Care work: Framing Inequalities of Gender, Class, and Caste How do social movements include or exclude intersectional grievances of individual participants? What do variations in framing within the movement tell us about including intersectional grievances? I address… Continue reading Intersectionality in Social Movements: How can Social Movements be Intersectional?
The day I am killed,my killer will find travel tickets in my pocket One, to peaceOne, to fields and rainAnd one, to the conscience of humankind I beg you,Do not stay and waste themKiller of mine, I beg you to use them.Travel. -- Samih al-Qasim Samih al Qasim is a Palestinian poet. The translation does… Continue reading Travel Tickets by Samih al-Qasim
As part of a Culture in Conversations series held at Western Carolina University (WCU), I had the opportunity to speak on the topic of gender violence in a panel session. It was a wonderful session and felt great to participate in the panel with these amazing speakers from WCU. Link to the full session here.… Continue reading Many Shades of Gender Violence and their Intersections
I’ve always wanted a blog titled Thendral. In Tamil, Thendral or தென்றல் means a gentle breeze. Like many others, I love the feeling of a light breeze as I walk by the sea or sit by a lake. Discovering a poem that nudges me to slow down or exploring an idea with tenderness are similar gentle… Continue reading Thendral