This artist is a part of the Showcase of RESISTANCE in ANCESTRAL Unity.
“Not Your Masi’s Generation” was born out of a search for inter-generational healing. This spoken word showcase is an exploration of the East African Desi diaspora and the impact of the 1972 exile on future generations. ASHA takes the audience on a storytelling journey of reflection and radical dreaming. In Gujarati, Masi means Auntie. Join ASHA on her quest to honor the ancestors, while confronting the challenges of dreaming beyond the past’s limitations.
IN GUJARATI MEANING HOPE AND SWAHILI MEANING LIFE
ASHA is a queer, disabled, multidisciplinary artist, abolitionist educator, and child of the East African Desi diaspora currently located in the Bay Area of California. She has been featured on the cover of Content Magazine, KQED Arts, and many of the prominent poetry events in the Bay Area, as well as an active speaker, emcee, and performer at numerous rallies and marches for civil and human rights. Her Tedx tells her own personal story of identity through poetry. She published “Crawling in my Skin” in 2019, a Kafkaesque exploration of the mind and mental health through the metaphor of ants, which was featured by Brown Girl Mag in 2021, and her latest book release, “Not Your Masi’s Generation,” a memoir-like workbook that tackles mental health and healing from intergenerational trauma. Currently she is using the book to run workshops with students in order to support their emotional learning and build the bridge between academics, the arts, and mental health.
ASHA was a public school teacher for the last 10 years in the bay area. She trains teachers throughout California on educational equity, policy and healing. Her dream is to establish her own K-12 school rooted in restorative practices, art, and social justice based standards.
ASHA consistently uses her platform to voice out against injustice and to speak up for those who have been marginalized and silenced for centuries.
Showing at: 201 Camp Suite 107
Saturday, 4/22 1 – 2pm + Post Show Q & A
Saturday, 4/22 8:30 – 9:30pm
Sunday, 4/23 5:30 – 6:30pm