Disclaimer: My family moved to Mauritius a few generations ago from a very small village in China. Therefore, these are probably very dated, small town traditions and may not reflect modern Chinese culture. Also, perhaps they are of mixed Chinese, African and Indian origin, I don’t know. …

June 2020. Long before the film even had the vague title “Untitled Alicia Keys Project”, the Indian Ocean island of Mauritius was abuzz. Rumor had it that Netflix was flying an entire crew to shoot a film on the COVID-free island. …

Some of the biggest names in entertainment industry were Wonsal, Gershowitz, Bulsara, Beilin, Konigsberg. Don’t recognize any of them? Perhaps you are more familiar with the Anglicized versions: Warner, Gershwin, Mercury, Berlin, and Allen?

Cary Grant, Rosalind Russell, and Ralph Bellamy in a promotional picture for the film “His Girl Friday”. Photo: Pixabay.

After my last article on the music industry’s celebration of AAPI Heritage Month, I was invited…

And how the music industry can do better

Michelle Branch performs in a concert. Photo: Getty Images

The perception of us as Asians who happen to be in America, as opposed to Asian Americans, is so deeply rooted that even well-meaning efforts like Asian American and Pacific Islanders Heritage Month features put their foot in it.

Now that we’ve wrapped up AAPI Heritage Month, I want to…

On my way to a music conference with my signature flowery dress and hat.

#1 Where are you *really* from?

“Where are you from?” asked the elderly British gentleman seated next to me.

We were at a music conference in Los Angeles. Expecting a modicum of political correctness when attending business functions, I was mildly annoyed at the question.

“Canada,” I replied with a smile.

“But where is your family…

Fuel leaking from the cargo ship, spilling into the marine park lagoon. Photo by Eric Villars

It is hard to watch helplessly as the dark fluid oozes onto our favorite shade of blue. Here are four ways to help meaningfully from afar.

Our motherland, Mauritius, went from obscurity to being a prominent fixture of international news in a matter of days. Everyone has heard of the…

Why is this country still treating African Americans so poorly? How can it be that “the land of the free” can so easily disregard freedom of its own people? Inertia. Sadly simple.

For most of us, lighter-skinned individuals, it is too easy to go back to “normal” life when the…

Empty Berlin Central Station

After publishing my article comparing the pandemic response of tiny island Mauritius to that of Canada and the United States, I received a few indignant criticisms that this was an “apples to oranges” comparison. After all, Canada and the United States are big countries.

They are right about the apples…

A small African democracy shows the Western World a thing or two about leadership and organization in controlling a pandemic

Grandma showing me around her favorite hawker stalls in Mauritius, circa 2014. She can’t wait to get out of confinement to take the bus and walk the streets again.

Related: https://medium.com/@sherrylynnlee/coronavirus-whats-the-problem-56c9cf5bcb3e

The tiny island nation of Mauritius — my homeland — has been hit hard by the Coronavirus. …

Gigs are being cancelled, the future seems uncertain, there’s a lot to cause anxiety right now if you’re an artist. But have you seen the videos that have been circulating from Italy lately? In this time of crisis, it is music that is keeping the Italians connected at a distance.

Sherry-Lynn Lee

LA-based writer, artist, producer who used to be a Silicon Valley engineer. Mauritian, Canadian. www.23rdhr.com

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