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  • Shreya Tandon

Thoughts of a Pale Indian

I am a part of a community of Indians, and I never would have admitted that when I was

younger. I do not look like what one would typically associate with the appearance of an Indian.

The country is more diverse than most people realize and being from the northern half means that I am pale, so that made it extremely easy for me to hide the fact when I wanted to: from others and even from myself. I realized this when I was in kindergarten in South Carolina, the only Indian in my grade, and the only one who knew. I never tried to bring it up back then because even as a five-year-old, I was also aware of what people typically associated with the stereotypes of an Indian.