About 5X Press

Culture, community and conversation. 5X Press is the essential South Asian youth culture magazine in Canada, covering all things arts & culture, trending topics, news, & so much more. We connect our community to one another, and to the world. 5X Press is written and published in Surrey, BC, by a team of 14 writers. Edited by Rumneek Johal.

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Arts & culture

5 books by South Asian authors we’re reading right now

On a quest for more South Asian representation in books, we’ve compiled a list of must-reads.
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5X Weekly Roundup: Supporters of Farmers Protests outside India risk losing Visas, “Bones Day” takes over, & a long-overdue reckoning in the NHL

A roundup of 5 trending stories from the past week that you may have missed.
Community

Surrey shines in ‘Honsla Rakh’— but where’s the shine on Surrey?

How can we continue to invest in local talent and art?
Community

Longing for home in a pandemic: An international student’s take on homesickness and alienation

"What I longed for, more than anything, was that feeling of being rooted."
News

Immigrants are not just cheap labour to fix Canada’s labour shortage

Immigrants are being viewed as a form of cheap labour for the Canadian government
News

Letter from the Editor: Where do our voices belong in Canadian media?

For those wanting to challenge the status quo, even South Asian media spaces aren’t always inviting.
News

Why Jyoti Gondek & Amarjeet Sohi’s wins in Alberta, are a win for us all

Punjabi mayors Gondek and Sohi made history in Alberta last week.
Arts & culture

A new art exhibit in Toronto is celebrating the history of Sikh women

Visiting chashm-e-bulbul during a time of self-discovery
Arts & culture

Four relatable shows about mental health that we all need

Shows that accurately depict what it means to be living with a mental illness.
What's trending

Love at first… Caste? A (now deleted) dating app matched users based on their rank in India’s social hierarchy

The app has since been deleted, leaving behind their cringey ads as the only proof of its existence.
Community

New children’s book Dosti explores themes of friendship and camaraderie in the time of Partition

Dosti aims to fill the gaps in children’s education and spark curiosity about Punjabi histories
Conversation

I’m tired of the exhausting performance of identity on social media, but there really is no escaping it.

Instagram was down for a few hours and I momentarily was at peace. Am I the problem?

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Conversation

The Transition Generation: Intergenerational trauma, healing, and guilt

The ‘transition generation’ on their journey of community healing is breaking away from toxic cycles
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11/24/21
Arts & culture

The origins and revival of Punjabi garage music

A deep dive into the history of Y2K Punjabi garage music in the UK and its evolution to present day
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11/23/21
What's trending

Trisha Paytas appropriates Hinduism online -- but there’s more to it than meets the eye

While we cringe at goras documenting their spiritual appropriation online, India welcomes it.
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11/17/21
Conversation

Happy pictures, unhappy people: A breakdown of the impact of the Indian wedding industrial complex

How our focus on external validation is costing us so much more than the price of the wedding
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11/16/21
Conversation

Quick math: The financial and emotional cost of a big fat Indian wedding

A bride shares the costs, financial and emotional, for her upcoming wedding.
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11/12/21