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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A Heartbreaking Experience

Featured Image: Markus Spiske It was just another typical autumn day in Arkansas. Autumn is arguably the most beautiful season in “The Natural State.” The overabundance of nature, coupled with the cleanliness of the Northwest portion, leaves one in awe of their surroundings. Trees of all sizes and shapes shed leaves of all hues and…

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Why The South-Asian Diaspora Should Oppose Modi’s India

Featured Artwork: Zainab Being proud of your culture and far-right religious nationalism is not the same thing and they will never be. A concept people have always struggled to grasp is that you can indeed have a love for your country and still advocate against the oppressive and corrupt forces that control it. To put…

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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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School Inequality: A Thin Mask on Racism

Featured Artwork: Yasmine Gateau On May 17, 1954, the Supreme Court of the United States of America gave its decision on the landmark case, Brown v. Board of Education, deeming racial segregation of schools unconstitutional. After its 9-0 ruling, the Court stated that: “separate educational facilities are inherently unequal” and that it violated the Equal…

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Growing Up Dark-Skinned in a Country Obsessed With Fairness

I was in eleventh grade when confession pages were the rage across schools and universities — not only in India, but across the world. Taking advantage of the anonymity the world wide web offers, they were sometimes a platform for people to profess their love, crack harmless jokes, or reveal juicy secrets; but more often…

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Racism: Cried My Beloved Country

For South Africans, the 2019 schooling year began with cries of racism when a school in the North West Province of South Africa, Laerskool Schweizer-Reneke, dominated headlines after a photograph of Grade R pupils went viral on social media. The image depicted black pupils sitting separately from white pupils. Pending an investigation, teacher Elana Barkhuizen…

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A PSA: Combating Ignorance in a Divisive World

I find that being an intersectional feminist in the real world is exceptionally difficult because you can’t correct every racial slur and every sexist comment. Speaking to ignorant people is as productive as speaking to a wall; I actually think you would find that speaking to a wall is far more tolerable. I am a…

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