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Episode 126 [in English]: The Beachy Afghan

It was such a pleasure to talk to The Beachy Afghan, the wonderful creator of the IG platform thebeachyafghan.  We discussed her experience as the child of Afghan immigrants in Germany post-9/11, our shared frustration with the incorrect assumption of homogeny that is often made about the regions surrounding the SWANA region and around Afghanistan and its surrounding region, and so much more!

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Episode 116 [in English]: You Exist Too Much

Zaina Arafat is a journalist, fiction writer and teacher based in New York City.  We talked to Zaina about her new novel You Exist Too Much, which was released on June 9!  The novel centers a queer Palestinian American character who grapples with the effects of inherited trauma, her position within in-between spaces that come with being part of the diaspora, and her sexual identity.

Our conversation touches on the importance of the “messy” character (versus unrealistically aspirational) when bringing representation to any form of media.  We also discuss Zaina’s teaching and other writing she has done.

You can order a copy of the book here!

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