Arun Vir: “This whole culture of denial, where everything goes under the carpet, is toxic”

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“I’m Indian, of Sikh background, and I know that I grew up with a father who was an alcoholic. Nobody ever wanted to talk about it—and actually, it’s taken me years myself, as a very grown woman to say ‘wow, we don’t talk about those issues in our community….

To all the South Asians out there, my message is that we’re normal and we are just like everyone else. We have addiction, mental illness, autism, bulimia, and we are not always perfect. That’s who we are, and we need to know that and recognize it. It’s very annoying when you meet groups of South Asians who just want to pretend that all their kids go to Stanford and their lives are perfect. This whole culture of denial, where everything goes under the carpet, is toxic—it affects our children and we need to change that.”

-Arun Vir via http://www.india.com/…/reset-aims-to-break-the-silence-of-…/

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