Akshadha Lagisetti is a 17-year-old, Indian-American political organizer from Atlanta, Georgia. She has been very involved with politics and activism in Georgia since 2018, when she first worked on Stacey Abrams’ gubernatorial campaign.
Each issue we feature the pieces of Asian womxn all around the world. Here are this issue’s pieces:
To My Grandparents by Aria Mallare
Sa lola at lolo Patawarin mo ako For not being birthed of the motherland For forgetting the home you will always remember The way the waves crawled over the sand The way the mangoes hung like small suns in your backyard Patawad For never learning the language you tell your stories in and sang your grandchildren to sleep in For sharing your blood but not your customs Your skin but not your history Your DNA but not your heritage Patawad For having a different vision of the American Dream For not being the bilingual Filipina-American granddaughter Who will pass down your stories or sing her grandchildren to sleep in the same language you did Patawarin mo ako – ang iyong apong babae ng Filipina American
ABCD in Three by Melinda Vel
I won’t bleach my skin I will cherish my melanin, Honored when the sun strokes my skin. I’m brown like the earth Where my ancestors sowed seeds Where they cultivated kingdoms I shine like the rajput I wrap my arms around myself Like a gold-threaded sari And repeat to myself “Brown Girl, Rani, Goddess”
II. I’m eclectic. Telugu-Tamil South Indian Texas Drawl Pieced together like a Stained glass window Colors and more colors
Like the flowers Adorning the Gods My desi roots are buried
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