International Women's Day 2020: #brandyourvibe  

Uma Nota, Hong Kong

Riya's story about the moments in her life that led her to working as an artist, dedicating her messages toward breaking harmful stereotypes, norms and taboos so we can all be our authentic selves.

IWD 2020: Q&A with gender equality advocate Riya Chandiramani

Riya's journey towards becoming an advocate for gender equality, thesis on masculinity at Penn and the “women’s themes” that need greater awareness in Hong Kong as we move towards gender equality.

Savvy Sapiens Podacast: The Authentic Artist 

On this episode we have Riya Chandiramani, a young, up-and-coming artist in Hong Kong who is also one of the wisest old souls I know. Riya was born and brought up in Hong Kong and decided to study Communications at UPenn, an Ivy League university in the States. Whilst there however, she battled with deep anxiety which led to an eating disorder that changed the course of her life forever.  

After taking some time out to work on herself back home, she returned to college stronger than ever before, with a renewed sense of identity and a powerful drive to pursue her dreams. Today her work is very much a reflection of her passion for mental health, and an expression of her desire to break boundaries, question gender stereotypes, and encourage people to just be themselves.

Beyond The Boundaries: Indian Artists In Hong Kong

Affordable Art Fair HK 2019 x TedxTinhauWomen: #ArtHappy

#ArtHappy Friday at the Affordable Art Fair Hong Kong 2019 focuses on expressive arts and mental wellbeing. Riya shared her story about how mental health (& lack thereof) has influenced her journey toward becoming an artist and who she is today.

Mental Health Awareness: Anorexia Recovery

You wouldn’t tell someone with a broken leg to just keep walking. The issue with mental illness is that we often can’t easily see a person’s suffering – they might not even know of it themselves – because of the mask we have been told to wear, showing everyone we are always okay and fine. The way to learn is to listen; rather than to just look.

Riya: I didn’t open up about what I was going through for a long time because I was ashamed. I thought I had chosen to do this to myself and that I would be judged for being shallow and obsessed with superficial issues. Although I wasn’t very aware of how I looked; I did care about what I was achieving, and this need to prove myself to the world was a part of my inner beliefs about my lack of worth and purpose in the world. This concept of worthiness lies at the root of many destructive illnesses that manifest themselves in the deterioration of both our bodies and minds. Sharing my story has helped me come to terms with the fact that it a) was not something I controlled b) is not something to be ashamed of and c) can serve to help others fighting a similar battle. It is important to remember that everyone views the world through their unique lens; so everyone’s experience and feelings are equally valid, even if they don’t match yours. By being open to sharing and listening, you might change someone’s life for the better – including your own.

Lessons you Learn in Anorexia Recovery

Healthy is in the Body of the Beholder

Wishful Shrinking: A Modern Freak Show

Contextual Influences on Masculinity

Despite widespread discourse on masculinity, few studies specifically relate factors that are contextual to a given college to the belief systems its male students hold about their gender identities. The purpose of this study, Riya's senior thesis, was to contribute to the discussion surrounding the display and effects of male dominance at college by investigating the contextual factors at the University of Pennsylvania that contribute to specific performances and manifestations of masculinity on its campus.

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