News: Call for Essays: "Shades of Prejudice: Asian American Women on Colorism in America"

August 30, 2017 - 2:30pm

Professor Khanna, an associate professor of Sociology at the University of Vermont has an open submission call for their forthcoming anthology, SHADES OF PREJUDICE, a collection of essays written by Asian American women about their personal experiences with colorism.

Professor Khanna is looking for Asian American women (including multiracial American women with Asian ancestry) to share their personal experiences with colorism – how has your skin shade (and other “racialized” physical features like eye color, eye shape, and other facial features) influenced your life?

Colorism is the practice of discrimination whereby light skin is privileged over dark, and is a global issue affecting racial groups worldwide. Colorism exists is just about every part of Asia and affects Asian diasporas, including most Asian American communities – including those descended from Southeast Asia (e.g., India, Pakistan, Cambodia, Singapore, Thailand, Philippines, Vietnam, and Indonesia), but also those from Japan, China, and other parts of Eastern Asia.


Manuscripts will be accepted on a rolling basis, though the final deadline is OCTOBER 31st.


  • Submissions should be sent to: (in the subject heading, please type in all-caps: SHADES OF PREJUDICE SUBMISSION)
  • Please send your personal narrative as a Word document and label your document: “LASTNAME_FIRSTNAME.doc.”
  • Essays should be approximately 1,000-2,500 words, double-spaced, and Times New Roman font.


Nikki Khanna is an associate professor of Sociology at the University of Vermont and has written extensively on issues regarding race. You can read more about the author here: and