CategoryLife

The origin story

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“Red roses near a green hedge surrounding a house” by Caroline Sleeper on Unsplash They keep asking me for an origin story. Where are you from? What did you do? How did you get here? What do you want from your life? I tell them something because it makes things easier. It makes things good for me in the long run. I might have to talk to them again. I might need them for favours. You were not like...

On personal politics, an academic lecture post

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When our personal beliefs and social politics clash, are we obligated to speak out, however controversial? How should we draw a balance when our desire to improve the experiences of one group of people against oppression seems to clash with another group’s? When Hak-Shing William Tam attempted to withdraw as an expert witness in the court cast against California’s Proposition 8, he...

Do Oriental women have to be Asian or biologically human?

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Much has already been written about Blade Runner 2049. Critics have examined the film through the lens of gender (International Policy Digest, Jan. 20 2018) (Collider, Oct. 13, 2017) and the lens of race (The Stranger, Oct. 6 2017) (Vulture, Aug. 4, 2017), with particular focus on how 2049 follows a trend within the science fiction and cyberpunk genres of using Asian cultural symbols but not...

Dear Simon: Who gets to be “Everyone?” Love, Leo.

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“I deserve a great love story,” exclaims Simon. That immortalizable line, which forms the basis of the “Love, Simon” marketing slogan “Everyone deserves a great love story,” is the first time Simon Spier (Nick Robinson) internalizes his mother’s affirmations after he comes out. It’s hard to ignore the trailblazing nature of “Love, Simon...

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Photo by Evandro Saroka on Unsplash I am a pilot — trapped within the prison of my own body;Never to leave;And as I am the only voice in my head, I find myselfoften feeling or thinking as if I am the only one in the world a weird, wonderful, dangerous place. The world is whatyou make of it, but there are other people, and they are all tryingto make it for them, too. And as we walk bysay “Hey! How...