Bindi-fying the Self: cultural identity among diasporic South Asians

Wajihah Hamid*

*Corresponding author for this work

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This article examines changes to cultural identity when South Asians move around the globe. It focuses specifically on the humble bindi as a marker of one specific South Asian woman’s agency and comes up with wide-ranging suggestions about the scope for using such bodily adornments as a tool for skilled cultural navigation in diaspora. It also suggests avenues for further research.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)103-118
Number of pages16
JournalSouth Asia Research
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 27 Feb 2015
Externally publishedYes


  • Asians
  • bindi
  • culture
  • diaspora
  • dress
  • globalisation
  • Hindu
  • modernity
  • Singapore
  • South Asians


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