TNC Podcast: Canadian Media Portrayals of South Asians

What can we do when the people controlling the public narrative about us and our communities are white male journalists and South Asian community “insiders” who have almost exclusively set the tone and provided analysis of South Asians in the news for the past thirty-five years?

We take charge of the narrative.

It’s been inspiring, moving and invigorating to see the surge of younger South Asian voices across Canada and the USA and UK speak up and offer counter views to who we are, what we stand for, and most importantly, that our communities are diverse, with differing views on faith, social issues, politics and everything else. But we’re not letting Terry Milewski, Douglas Todd, Ujjal Dosanjh, Shinder Purewal (and this is really naming just a few) off the hook. It’s time this old guard opened up to the idea that there are a multitude of voices and a depth of nuance to how South Asians and Sikhs think, operate, see themselves and see their relationship to India, Pakistan, Punjab, Burma, South Asia and yes, even Khalistan.

Listen to our take on the history of racialized news coverage of South Asians and Sikhs in Canada, from 1914 all the way to present day. That’s 104 years worth of biased, othering news coverage.

“So near and yet so far” by Earl Lambert for Vancouver Daily Province, June 2, 2014. Via Simon Fraser University

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The Nameless Collective Podcast is hosted by Milan Singh, Naveen Girn and Paneet Singh, and is produced by Jugni and Manjot Bains, with sound engineering and additional production by Devinder Singh.