Malavika Kannan: An Inspiration of Hope and Resistance

Ideal world. Each and every living being in this world must have thought of what their ideal world is. Some may have a definite answer, some may not. But for Kannan an ideal world is where people could focus on what’s important– friendship, creative endeavors, and self-fulfillment. And ever since her upbringing, she consciously works her way up to live in the world that she longs for.

A writer, journalist, and a Stanford University student. That’s who Malavika Kannan is but more than anything else, she is a woman of color, an advocate, and an inspiration. At the age of 17, she wrote her first-ever novel ‘The Bookweaver’s Daughter,’ a children’s fantasy that portrays a strong theme of female friendships and rising up against oppression.


Photo courtesy of Tanglewood Publishing

You may wonder, how could a young girl write a novel that tackles this much of an issue when a child should be enjoying their youth? For an Asian American like Kannan, these incidents of oppression and inequality is what she experiences on a daily basis and that’s the reality for the women of color in our society. This driven Kannan to participate and organize progressive movements such as the March for Our Lives and the Women’s March. Eventually, she also made a progressive movement of her own.


Photo Courtesy of The Homegirl Project

Kannan founded The Homegirl Project, a youth-led organization nurturing girls and non-binary youth of color towards being active political leaders. They are behind the #SlamGunViolence campaign and summit in San Francisco and the National Period Day 2019 Rally in New York City. Although Kannan is not part of the organization process anymore, she sure cultivated a lot of young ambassadors and aspiring advocates to continue what she started.

Today, Malavika Kannan focuses on her studies as a sophomore pursuing feminist studies, race and ethnic studies, and creative writing at Stanford University. She will also soon be publishing her latest young-adult novel ‘All The Yellow Suns’, a queer coming-of-age story that tackles activism, sexuality and identity.

Malavika Kannan is still young and still has a long way to go yet her prowess and passion already inspired many. This proves that we all have our own timeline, and we should walk the path that we call our own and maybe, just maybe, we could also achieve the thing that we call the Ideal world.

Written by: Monina Antonio

References:
ABOUT | Malavika Kannan
Malavika Kannan: An Author and Activist Celebrating Women of Color — Pulse Spikes
Malavika Kannan: Voices of the Year 2020 (seventeen.com)

Monina Antonio is a digital marketing intern of PS Media Enterprise. She is currently a 4th-year Broadcasting student from the Polytechnic University of the Philippines- Sta. Mesa.

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