Lockdown diary in a pandemic


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“You are not working from home. You are at your home, during a crisis, trying to work“. I’ve seen this phrase being shared repeatedly on social media the last week or so, as a reminder that this is an unprecedented time we’re living through. And we shouldn’t be expecting for things to continue like normal; […]

13/04/2020

On the problematics of “colour”, and on silence


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I have issues with the term “people of colour”. I despise it. One problem is because it’s an American term that has been popularised and adapted into global acceptance, without as much as contextualising the differences in history, culture and language. It also comes loaded with American sensibilities, and with it, its conception of race. […]

30/05/2019

Is your world more racist or misogynistic?


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I was recently asked if my current world was more racist or misogynistic. By default, I fell back to saying it was more racist, as I’ve reflected before, on how casually discriminatory and flippant people can be on racial and cultural differences. But over the course of time since the question was posed to me, […]

12/01/2019

Reflecting on the “art of coming home”: On TEDxYouth


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I had the fortunate opportunity to attend a TEDx event this past Saturday in my hometown. I can’t remember when or how it was that I first discovered TED, but the talks, in its various incarnations as TEDx, TED-Ed or other localities provide a valuable resource which I use in class for students. Criticism of […]

22/11/2016

Xenophobia in a multicultural society


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To the outside world, Malaysia, despite its various problems with government corruption on a global scale, is a considerably moderate and multicultural society. For decades, various ethnicities have learnt to live with each other harmoniously. And truth be told, this is something that is very visible, particularly in Borneo where the hometown is situated. It’s […]

25/07/2016

So this is what it’s like to fall in love again


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My first episode of The X-Files, which I discovered on an unassuming Wednesday night in my first ever dingy little ground floor flat in Perth, Western Australia, was The Host, coincidentally written by series creator, Chris Carter. My fascination with the show’s subject matter, and particularly with the characters, prompted a weekly ritual of unplugging […]

25/01/2016

“Your activism is only valid if it agrees with mine”


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Funny thing, activism. I’ve spent the last few days observing how responses to the terrorist attack in Paris evolve from horror to full-on condescending admonishment. All that’s left at the end of the day isn’t forgiveness or feelings of solidarity; it’s confusion, it’s anger, and an even greater sense of hopelessness because I see friends […]

16/11/2015