Culture, Community and Care with Jiya Pandya and Kim Fernandes

On the left , Jiya, a South Asian femme presenting person, stands smiling against a grey stone wall. They are wearing glasses, a nose ring, a red sweater and black coat, and their hair, long and brown with red highlights, is down on the left side of their shoulder. On the right, Kim, a brown-skinned nonbinary person stands smiling against a blurry grey wall. They have long curly hair that falls past their left shoulder, and are wearing a blue tshirt.
L: Jiya Pandya R: Kim Fernandes;

Welcome to Disability Crosses Borders, a podcast and blog featuring stories where disability, migration and culture meet. I’m Áine Kelly-Costello and today, I talk to two disabled queer South Asian scholars studying in the US. If you like unpacking the language we use to make sense of our place in the world on multiple axes of disability, queerness, culture and more, as well as finding ways to show up in caring community for each other, I think you’ll love this conversation.

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  • Check out the Crip Covid-19 syllabus developed by Jiya. It’s a comprehensive set of resources compiling first-person accounts of disabled, chronically ill, fat, Mad, Deaf, and crip experiences, activism, and thinking on the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Follow Kim on Twitter @kimmerrlee

By Áine Kelly-Costello

Blind freelance writer/journalist and campaigner from aotearoa NZ.