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Bad Fiji Gyals: 'Coolie Cut Cane' Project Donation

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We are Esha and Quishile (AKA the Bad Fiji Gyals). We are asking for donations to support our 'Coolie Cut Cane' online exhibition and essay.  Any amount would be greatly appreciated as we need to cover costs for the web design, development (final product you all get to see), costs for the textiles (all handmade by Quishile), design and delivery of online essay (free to download for readers) and additional labor costs to bring this exciting project to life.  We want to pay all the people working with us to make this next series of projects possible. 

We are hoping to have enough funds by March 1, 2021 and go live in a few weeks after.  EDIT: We are extending our goal date to end of June 2021. 

As a collective, the two of us work in community with others. We try to work outside of big institutions, so that we have more freedom in choosing the kind of content we produce and doing it with integrity and transparency. The support and donations will go a long way for our community in making sure learning about our histories are more accessible. 

Coolie Cut Cane is RELEASED! View textiles here & read essay here 

Check out our website ! 

Listen to our podcast series, Fiji Baat: Oral Histories and Interviews 

Who We Are
Girmit has been told under a Western writing of history for generations, and the Bad Fiji Gyals actively dismantle colonial tactics that reinforce our generational silencing. We fight against any monolithic identity that forces different Girmit descendants, communities and experiences to fit into dominant Indo-Fijian narratives without questioning. We do not engage in romanticising our Girmit histories to further marginalise women, queer, trans, gender non-confirming (GNC) and non-binary (NB) ancestors and descendants.


  • Priyanka Bromhead
    • $70 
    • 2 yrs
  • Kuruparan Selvarajah
    • $200 
    • 3 yrs
  • Adella Lee
    • $15 
    • 3 yrs
  • Emmaly Langridge
    • $10 
    • 3 yrs
  • Anonymous
    • $25 
    • 3 yrs

Fundraising team (2)

Esha Pillay
Hayward, CA
Quishile Charan
Team member

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