from @kulpreetsingh - I don't like it when people overemphasise the point that "there is no word for #depression in #Punjabi / #Hindi / #Urdu" as it insinuates those cultures or languages are inferior. I completely get the point, but we are more than capable of making these words. There are a lot of words for #emotions in South #Asian languages that aren't in English.
#English is the language of science, math, technology, etc. because of centuries of #colonialism, not because #European culture is more ethical, intelligent, or advanced. Stop putting your (or another) culture down if it misaligns with Western norms.
We can engage in productive dialogue to appreciate the strengths and reform the weaknesses of our own cultures without using #racist or colonialist language.
Whiteness, English #language, European culture, #Christian#religion, etc. are not the litmus test of anything. They are just parts of the spectrum of human society.
Mainstream media in western countries publish articles under the guise of #diversity/multiculturalism which are actually veiled racism + othering. Most of these articles attempt to elicit pity for a person for being "foreign/other," or to celebrate a person's integration into white heteronormative society.
Brown people definitely take the bait. Our own newspapers, TV shows, Facebook pages, are full of stories lauding those who succeed according to western standards. Many people even use the word "#desi" (from the homeland) as shorthand for unprofessional, uncivilized, or below standard.
When it comes to #mentalhealth, lack of support & understanding is not by any means exclusive to #SouthAsian culture. We do a disservice to those suffering by ignoring these issues, but ALSO by presenting SA culture or languages as inferior or ill equipped to deal with them.