Part XXVIII: Use of Languages in the Republic

Featured Illustration: Lyn Risling *Note: This work was inspired by the history of language imperialism and the constitutions of countries including, but not limited to, India, Bangladesh, and South Africa. Emulating the style of several real constitutions, Levinthia’s constitution devotes long passages to explaining the importance of developing indigenous languages, despite maintaining the use of…

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Arlo Parks: Voice of a Generation

Featured Image: Clash Magazine Arlo Parks has a notably gentle voice. In a striking way, it is pretty, soft, and rather captivating. With two EPs in her discography and several singles, the London-based singer has recently seen her popularity grow with some great musical achievements. In August, she performed her most recent single ‘Hurt’, which…

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Reclaiming the Reel: Australian Indian Actress Ria Patel is Writing Her Own Roles

Growing up as a Gujarati Indian in Australia, Ria Patel often felt like an outsider. During her studies at the New York Film Academy, she began to utilize her unique identity to inspire her work. Now, as an award-winning actress and writer, Patel is a force to be reckoned with. The films she creates commonly…

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Reflections on Heritage Day in South Africa

As I scrolled through posts on social media about the death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg (RBG), I noticed that she wore her iconic white beaded collar in the majority of the images. Apparently, it’s a favourite in her collection of neckpieces, and came from South Africa, where it is made and worn…

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Tackling Colorism in Asian Communities

Featured Illustration: Katherine Tsai When we think of racism, the easiest thing that comes to mind is ignorant white folk and the ghost of colonialism past (is it though?) and the pain it has consequently brought us for years. What we sometimes fail to criticize, and even acknowledge at times, is the racism that exists…

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Connecting at a Junction

Featured Artwork: ‘Putting the pieces back together as one’, Acrylic on canvas by Uzma Rizvi Shias and Sunnis living together in peace From time to time, we come across heartbreaking news about Sunni and Shia Muslims being intolerant and aggressive toward each other in various countries. Sometimes, there have been riots and even killings. It…

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I Have Created an Eastern Bubble for Myself Within the Western World That Surrounds Me

Featured Image: National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts Twelve years old is a really interesting age to immigrate to a completely different corner of the world. On the one hand, you have built up a firm first layer foundation of who you are — a part of you will always be the same person you…

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Daniela Andrade: Reclaiming Identity Through Music

“Blue and white colors burn / Right through my eyes” are the lyrics of Canadian Hondureña Daniela Andrade’s single “Gallo Pinto” from her EP Tamale that poetically, and with pride, invoke the colors of the flag of her motherland and roots that tie her to her Latin American identity. Andrade first began her musical career…

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