Anti-South Asian racism refers to historical and ongoing discrimination, negative stereotyping, and injustice experienced by peoples of South- Asian heritage, based on others鈥 assumptions about their ethnicity and nationality.

Peoples of South Asian heritage are subjected to specific overt and subtle racist tropes and stereotypes at individual and systemic levels, which lead to their ongoing social, economic, political and cultural marginalization, disadvantage and unequal treatment. (Adapted from the definition of Anti-Asian Racism retrieved from   Oct 22, 2022)

As we begin to engage in this work, it is important that we have a clear understanding and definition of what we are trying to combat, change or dismantle. Anti-South Asian racism shows up in our resources, in our language and in our spaces.  Once we are aware of it, we must name it, notice it and combat whenever it shows up.

We also need to be open on our learning journey to the opportunities. As much as we have a responsibility to look for and remove the barriers we know people face, we also need to learn from and celebrate the cultural teachings that are possible 鈥 to amplify both the battles against racism and the celebrations of culture, storytelling and sharing lived experiences.

Free Storybook Resources

Below you’ll find free storybooks for you and your family to use at home. If you click on them, you’ll be taken to a free audio-book or read aloud version, perfect for storytime

Elementary and Middle resources

Other resources

We’ve also included some more novels and stories to better educate yourself and your family about the history, culture, and issues facing South Asian people across Canada. You can access these books through your local community or school library.

Elementary and Middle resources

  Title Author Age range
Amina’s VoiceHena Khan8-12 years old
Karma Khullar’s MustacheKristi Wientge8-12 years old
The Best at itMaulik Pancholy8-12 years old
The White TigerAravind Adiga9 years old+
Midsummer’s MayhemRajani LaRocca10 years old+
The Dream RunnersShveta Thakrar10 years old+

Secondary and Mature resources

  Title Author Age range
A Place for usFatima Farheen MirzaMature
Love & CourageJagmeet SinghMature
KaikeyiVaishnavi PatelMature
Sari, Not SariSonya SinghMature

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