Nigeria: From #EndSARS to #EndSWAT

Featured Illustration: NIYIOKEOWO A video surfaced online on October 3rd, 2020 showing officers from Nigeria’s Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) police unit dragging two men out of a hotel and shooting one of them. It has since sparked nationwide outrage and protests. The #EndSARS hashtag, first created in 2017, has been used and trending on social…

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Instagram Infographics Shouldn’t Be Your Main News Source

Featured Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios Every day I come across a carousel of Instagram stories on my feed, plastered with neatly designed visuals that aim to explain complex topics in bitesize slides to anyone who may be unfamiliar to them. Infographics, which have traditionally served as tools to accompany and underscore longer sources of information, have…

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From a Meme to a Social Critique: Who Is “Karen”?

Prefaced by the “can I speak to the manager” meme which first emerged in 2014, the “Karen” trope has since stepped in and taken social media by storm as evidenced by the crowds of online pages dedicated to it, such as the r/F—YouKaren subreddit which has garnered more than 881,000 members since its conception in…

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“Disclosure: Trans Lives on Screen”: A Closer Look at Hollywood’s Depiction of Transgender Lives

Popular culture is a crucial source we constantly draw from to configure our perception of self and others. This makes looking at projected narratives from a critical standpoint of the utmost importance, as media portrayals can be just as empowering and enlightening as they can be detrimental and misleading. Our dependence on the media to…

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How I Feel About Slanted Eyes Becoming a Beauty Trend

Featured Image: Cosmopolitan A recent trend on Tik Tok known as the “fox eye challenge” has gotten people to shave their eyebrows and share makeup tricks to achieve upturned almond-shaped eyes. Some have even turned to brow lifts or thread lifts, to have the sutures temporary pull their eyes up into shape. This phenomenon is…

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Thoughts From Asian Artists in Europe During COVID-19

As stilted as this may sound, this Lunar New Year was marked by the COVID-19 outbreak for my family. My mother took one of the last planes from Beijing back to Paris, while my grandmother was to stay home indefinitely. As they gathered as much information as they could at the dawn of the epidemic,…

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On The Ignorance That COVID-19 Has Brought To Light

These days, conversations around me are densely patterned with talk of the novel coronavirus, which has recently been recognized by the World Health Organization as a pandemic. I was prompted to remind myself of my privilege, of important hygiene habits, and of how much love I hold for my loved ones (especially in this quarantine…

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The Bubble of Expat Privilege

My German and Chinese parents have always found it important for me to be culturally aware and open-minded. As a result, I am one of those lucky third-culture kids who got to spend the entirety of their primary and secondary education in bilingual and international schools.   It is a fair assumption that exposure to different…

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