Introducing the Ethnic Aisle: Torontoist

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Introducing the Ethnic Aisle: Torontoist

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So the Torontoist has introduced a new blog called "The Ethnic Aisle"

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Toronto writer (and former Torontoist contributor) Navneet Alang is one of the creators of a new online writing project in the city. The Ethnic Aisle is a blog with a focus on race and ethnicity, and how these are experienced in and affect Toronto; we've asked Navneet to tell us a bit more about the project and how it came about.

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Who are we? So far: myself, Denise Balkissoon, Jef Catapang, Rea McNamara, and Jaime Woo. [Ed. note: Jaime Woo is also a Torontoist contributor.] Though we are all writers in Toronto, that fact will change as more and more contributors from different walks of life come on board. And whether it's silly little things like ‘exotic food' or altogether more serious topics like the controversy over Maclean's magazine's "Too Asian" article, the downtown-suburb split or the tangled maze of multiculturalism, we felt it was time to hear about those issues from the "minorities" you keep hearing so much about.

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For the first round, we all, each in our own way, wrote tales of when we were, well, racist. Going forward though, you can expect a whole lot more, covering as much as our contributors possibly can, and from the outset we aim to aggregate a variety of voices rather than be home to just one or two.

Will there be rants about racism, oppression and "normative whiteness"? Sure. Why would we shy away from what needs to be said? But rather than only focus in on issues of discrimination and prejudice, we're also aiming to simply talk about things that don't show up enough in mainstream media, and have a bit of fun doing so. So expect to hear about the upsides of ethnic enclaves, interracial dates gone wrong (or oh so right) or how arranged marriages sometimes actually, you know, work.

Full article here.

The blog, ethnicaisle.wordpress.com