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Oral History Interview with Amita Handa (2015)

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DP001 - Amita (Final Transcript).pdf
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Title

Oral History Interview with Amita Handa (2015)

Subject

Desh Pardesh, South Asian, Identity politics, Anti-racism, Oral history, Salaam, ASAAP

Description

This interview with Amita Handa on June 4th, 2015 is largely dedicated to a careful critique of the benefits and dangers of identity politics and intersectional theory, as well as a summary of the arts and culture she and her colleagues were involved with in the late 80s and early 90s, and her experiences as an anti-racism advocate from the late 80s until present (at time of interview). Handa provides a brief overview of her first introduction to Salaam Toronto, Desh Pardesh, and ASAAP and the various roles she later took on in each these, as well as the demise of Desh Pardesh. Also covered is Handa’s career as DJ, both running her radio show on CKLN: Masala Mixx (with Vanita Shirvastav) and at her various parties (including FunkAsia and Besharam). The interview closes with a discussion on the need for more South Asian spaces similar to Desh Pardesh in Toronto in 2015.

Creator

South Asian Visual Arts Centre (SAVAC)

Date

2015-06-04

Contributor

Anna Malla
LGBTQ Oral History Digital Collaboratory (Elspeth Brown, PI)

Rights

Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License

Format

PDF, WAV

Language

English

Type

Sound, Text

Coverage

Toronto, 1980s, 1990s, 2010s

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Citation

South Asian Visual Arts Centre (SAVAC), “Oral History Interview with Amita Handa (2015),” The ArQuives Digital Exhibitions, accessed December 13, 2019, http://digitalexhibitions.arquives.ca/items/show/703.

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