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Michaela Stone Cross

Michaela Stone Cross is a freelance writer from Philadelphia. She currently lives in Mumbai, where she spends most of her time trying to explain why she's there. She's written for several publication, including VICE.

The Murky History of “South Asia”

How brown people around the world reclaimed a term created by CIA-funded orientalists.

Irrfan Khan, the People’s Actor

Amid Bollywood’s commercialism and Hollywood’s token characters, Khan carved out a niche for himself with pure technical skill.

Coronavirus and “The World’s Pharmacy”

How Indian pharmaceutical companies are supplying the U.S. with hydroxychloroquine after Western pharma has been trying to undermine Indian pharma for years.

Brown Memes on Corona Themes

In the age of coronavirus, memes are no longer just a time sink — they’re also a source of hope.

How Bollywood Went Underground

The Indian government conferred industry status on its film industry only in 2001. For years, the best way to fund movies was through the world of crime.

Mumbai’s Disappearing Underworld

Bollywood has always drawn inspiration from its home city’s underworld. But where did all the gangsters go?

When Rap Came to Bollywood

From “Chacha Snoop” in a turban to Akon singing for Shah Rukh Khan: American rappers don’t end up in India often, but when they do, things get strange.

The Great British Bake Off’s Multicultural Utopia

America can learn a lot more from GBBO than how to make a cake.

India’s Unrequited Love Affair with the Oscars

For decades, the Academy has snubbed the world’s largest film industry. Fifty submissions later, India continues to hope.

Why China Loves Bollywood

Bollywood movies have grown popular in China — some even make more money in China than in India. What’s the secret formula?

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