One of TC’s Most Influential Tamils of 2013, Nayani Thiyagarajah, was recently interviewed on CTV’s Canada AM about her documentary Shadeism, where she discusses the physical and emotional impacts of wanting to be lighter. View here.
I think it’s funny how South Asians seem to think it’s primarily colonialism that brings about shadism. In fact before Europeans came to South Asia, there was a heavy preference for fairer skin South Asians prevalent in society as evidenced by Brahmins generally being more fair skin and even Hindu manifestations of Gods/Goddesses being fair. Face it, it’s always been there.
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