Guest Info

Angelene Komal is the creator and co-host of @noties1879podcast. She is also a Menstrual Equity Activist.

About the Show

The recent General Elections in Fiji have sparked questions about Fijian identity, especially with Sitiveni Rabuka, responsible for Fiji’s first coup in 1987, returning to power in 2022. As descendants of Indian indentured labourers and part of the diaspora, emotions towards the election can be complex, given the trauma of past elections and the 1987 coup’s impact on Indo-Fijians’ exodus from their homeland. Fiji’s 2022 election serves as a reckoning, forcing the nation to confront the legacy of 1987 and its lingering effects on the present.

In this thought-provoking podcast, Rajan Nazran, Aaisha Khan and Angelene Komal delve into the intricate identity of Indo-Fijians. Angelene shares her journey of feeling displaced in a predominantly white neighbourhood while cherishing the unique intersection of two cultures that wouldn’t typically mix. With her family’s migration from Fiji to Canada, she grapples with a sense of detachment, reflected in the name of her podcast, “No Ties.” 

Despite conflicting cultural expectations, the pressure to conform and fit in led to years of masking her true self until the burden of trauma became too heavy to bear without a proper support system. The conversation highlights the power of openly discussing emotions and reaching out for therapy, and Angelene advocates the significance of a supportive community. 

Join them as they unravel the complexities of the Indo-Fijian identity and explore the path to self-discovery and acceptance.

Produced by Global Indian Series for the Global Indian Network.

Script by Rajan Nazran
original idea: Rajan Nazran

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