In this special episode, I am joined by two guests: Manuela and Sabrina.
Both descendants of Indian ancestors, Manuela grew up in Guadaloupe, a French territory in the Caribbean; and Sabrina in Mauritius, a former French colony in the Indian Ocean.
They both moved to France for their studies and after feeling like they didn't fit in anywhere, they realised they were not alone. Together with three other Brown women, they formed Spicy Devis - an online community creating visibility for the experiences of Brown women in France.
We spoke about France's forgotten history of colonialism in India and the lasting legacy of this today, how their identities have shifted and evolved over time, and the power of coming together to create the spaces that are missing.
You can follow them on Instagram:
Manuela: @brownandfrancophone and @angrywomanofcolour
Spicy Devis: @spicydevis
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