THE author of Brown Girl Like Me, Jaspreet Kaur, is preparing to go on the road and take the messages of her book direct to the hundreds of women for whom she wrote it.

Her tour starts tomorrow (5) at the Beck Theatre in Hayes.

Brown Girl Like Me is a book that aims to give women confidence, power, reassurance and permission to be the very best version of themselves.

Published by Bluebird, an imprint of Pan Macmillan, in February, it is billed as a call to arms for brown women of all ages, to help them navigate a life journey that has to bridge conflicting cultures, expectations and aspirations.

Jaspreet says: “I wrote this book with the help of so many women from different walks of life from across the UK and the rest of the world.

“I want to be able to take this to all women (and men) and share these very personal and empowering stories and feelings with them.

“It’s a chance to encourage more debate and discussion around so many topics that have been taboo in Asian society.”

She pulls no punches, tackling difficult topics from mental health and menstruation stigma to education and beauty standards, from feminism to cultural appropriation and micro-aggressions. 

Jaspreet asks: “How can you be a brown feminist without rejecting your own culture, and fitting into what Western feminist standards dictate?

“How do you remain true to who you are while trying to navigate a white male-dominated workspace?

“Why are Asian girls the second highest-performing group of students in the country, yet this isn’t reflected in wider institutions?”

The answers to these questions, and many more, come from personal interviews with Asian women who have thrived despite the odds set against them.

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