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Sandra: finding balance in racially and gender stereotyped worlds

Meet Sandra — born to a Dutch father and Nepali mother. Although Sandra’s mother is from a very traditional caste — the Newari — in Nepal, she is also a very active female & children’s right activist. “His western pragmatism and her activism allowed us to break free from the traditional ways women are expected to behave.” Being around the extended family, however, Sandra was told to behave like a Nepali Girl — “Don’t be too loud, Sandra. Don’t smile too much. Don’t eat too much, you already are quite chubby. Don’t sit like that, only a boy would sit like that.” Even though Sandra questioned these statements, she would nod and walk away to keep face for her mother. “Boys got away with twice as much” At the...

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