Posts by Raisa Bhuiyan

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    Not your ‘Fashion Dots’: The Continuous Appropriation of Bindis

    July 1st, 2013     by Raisa Bhuiyan     Comments

    In the latest slew of North American women pop stars to don the bindi, white-passing Selena Gomez clocked in at number 10 for her MTV Movie Awards performance of “Come and Get It.” While it can only be assumed that Selena probably didn’t think this move through, the question remains as to why popular pop stars such as Alicia Keys, Katy Perry, Shakira, Gwen Stefani, Miley Cyrus, Madonna, Nicole Scherzinger, Iggy Azalea and Azealia Banks have … READ MORE

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    Journey Inward: A Profile of Anna Berankova

    March 25th, 2013     by Raisa Bhuiyan     Comments

    I recently had the pleasure of having a chat with Anna Berankova, who has recently facilitated a series of free, women’s sexual-exploration workshops at the 519 and is preparing for the launch of her memoir due out this spring, which looks into the interconnectedness of sex to the physical, spiritual and mental realms of being. While there are a bevy of wonderful angles that could be taken to describe her body of work, I was most … READ MORE

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    That’s Rockist! A racialized experience of listening to western rock music Part I

    January 28th, 2013     by Raisa Bhuiyan     Comments

    Worn out leather jackets. Black skinny pants. Studded accessories. Groupies. Lots of groupies. Cowboy boots. Unkempt hair. Glamourous makeup. Despair. Joy. Smashing guitars in hotel rooms and getting caught in Tokyo for trying to smuggle marijuana into Japan. These terms and phrases reflect only some of the things that have come to inform the public imagination about what makes up the image of a rock star. While a careful and thoughtful analysis of pinpointing the precise social, economic and cultural factors for why rock music in … READ MORE

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    Eat, Travel, Oppress: Travel Discourse and Imperialist Nostalgia

    September 18th, 2012     by Raisa Bhuiyan     Comments

    In an inspiration-intended to-do list aptly titled “25 things to do before you’re 25,” I read the following suggestion, 16. Identify your fears and instead of letting them dictate your every move, find and talk to people who have overcome them. Don’t settle for experiencing .000002% of what the world has to offer because you’re afraid of getting on a plane. I thought it was imperative to bold the second sentence of that suggestion for two main … READ MORE

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    Hold Ya Head: What will grab our attention after Jun Lin’s head is recovered?

    July 10th, 2012     by Raisa Bhuiyan     Comments

    I remembered Yoshihiro Hattori when I first read about the murder of Trayvon Martin this past March. Yoshihiro was a 16-year old Japanese exchange student who was fatally shot by a man in 1992 when he had knocked on his door in search of directions to a Halloween party. Upon his arrest, the killer Rodney Peairs claimed that he was only ‘defending’ his home from the ‘intruder’ who was ‘was acting in a menacing, … READ MORE

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    I can’t get no representation: whitewashing storytelling in popular media

    April 25th, 2012     by Raisa Bhuiyan     Comments

    Dear Shameless reader, I’ve just come home from watching popular film of the week The Hunger Games with a sour taste in my mouth and an angry grumbling motion vibrating through my intestines. It seems as though the white-washing of Hunger Games protagonist Katniss has given me yet another case of racial indigestion. In fact, I’m currently cursing myself for being hopeful in thinking that some satisfaction could be had with regards to how people of … READ MORE

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    Hello! From a New Shameless Blogger.

    June 13th, 2011     by Raisa Bhuiyan     Comments

    Hi everyone, My name’s Raisa and I’m bopping and hopping off the walls to have joined the sassy team of bloggers at Shameless! I’ve been writing short stories about my experiences growing up as a North-Americanized, Midwestern-American-lingo-loving, South-Asian woman for my own personal perks on the back of receipts, flyers, envelopes and half-used hilroy notebook sheets for the past few years. Because of this, blogging comes to me as an amazing extension of that hobby. Except this … READ MORE