Out on 17 February 2022

Brown Girl Like Me

Jaspreet Kaur

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17 February 2022
288 pages

Brown Girl Like Me is an essential guidebook for South Asian women and girls on how to deal with growing up brown, female, marginalized and opinionated.

Author Jaspreet Kaur pulls no punches, tackling difficult topics from mental health and menstruation stigma to education and beauty standards, from feminism to cultural appropriation and microaggressions. It will also address tough questions:

- Can you be a brown feminist without rejecting your own culture?

- Why are Asian girls the second highest performing group of students in the country, yet this isn’t reflected in universities and head offices?

Brown Girl Like Me
is an inspiring memoir and empowering manifesto that equips women with the confidence and tools they need to navigate the difficulties that come with an intersectional identity. Jaspreet unpacks key issues such as the media, the workplace, the home, education, mental health, culture, confidence and the body, to help South Asian women understand and tackle the issues that affect them, and help them be in the driving seat of their own lives.

Interviews with brilliant South Asian Women of all walks of life as well as academic insight show what life is really like for brown women in the diaspora. Part toolkit, part call-to-arms, Brown Girl Like Me is essential reading for South Asian women as well as people with an interest in feminism and cultural issues, and will educate, inspire and spark urgent conversations for change.

Jaspreet voices all the taboos of a brown girl's existence with truth, honesty and blatancy

Shazia Mirza, comedian and writer

A rousing manifesto, borne from Kaur's wide-ranging personal experiences and those of other strong brown women, for taking our identities and power back from society and fully owning our voices and places in the world. Beyond "essential reading", this book should be "canonical reading."

Jenny Bhatt, author of the award-winning Each of Us Killers

This is an authentic, bold and and inspiring read. It talks about some of the most crucial topics in society which I can strongly identify with. As an Indian woman who was brought up in Scotland, I felt her book amazingly reflected most of my own personal experiences at the same time... I believe all brown girls and beyond will find a piece of themselves between these pages. The book is informative and important. I would highly recommend it!

Dr Pushpinder Chowdhry, MBE, founder and CEO of The UK Asian Film Festival and Tongues on Fire