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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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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Pan[dem]ic

Featured Image: Lindsey Wasson for Reuters You are a mental patient with a Master’s degree and an absentee ballot Driving at 80 miles an hour the wrong way home to escape the killer in the air You chew, swallow and wash down what you still don’t know you need Seeing angels drift down to take…

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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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