Culture

The Arab World’s Saddening Relationship with Honour Killings

by Douaa QadadiaImage: Brett Jordan / Unsplash “You must preserve our honour and family name.” That is the message that Arab girls constantly hold in their mind as they live their everyday lives. The way you dress, talk, act, and look are all under a microscope. Should I be talking to them? Should I post … Continue reading The Arab World’s Saddening Relationship with Honour Killings

As Pakistan Fights COVID, Misinformation Presents Another Battle

by Meheer CommuriImage: visuals / Unsplash Both in the thick of the coronavirus pandemic, India and Pakistan find themselves in opposite positions. In India, people are lining up for far too few vaccines. In Pakistan, there are far too few lines. Although the country “has secured 17 million doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine… [and] approved … Continue reading As Pakistan Fights COVID, Misinformation Presents Another Battle

Civil Servants: “Work to Live” takes a Courage

by Irina JiangImage: Saulo Mohana / Unsplash How can one find security during a volatile time? For graduates from top Chinese universities, the answer is working as civil servants. Civil servants are those who work for the government in positions such as firefighters, social workers, teachers, and army attorneys. Earning on average 6000 RMB ($930 … Continue reading Civil Servants: “Work to Live” takes a Courage

We may have a lot of problems on Earth, but we still need to explore the universe

by Nanditha Nagamani PraveenImage: Shot by Cerqueira / Unsplash When Galileo first pointed his telescope towards the moon, he might never have imagined that humans would someday be able to set foot on this celestial body. The human quest for knowledge didn’t stop from man’s first journey to space in 1961, nor did it end … Continue reading We may have a lot of problems on Earth, but we still need to explore the universe

You Aren’t the Activist That You Think You Are

by Monique KasongaImage: camilo jimenez / Unsplash #StopAsianHate. #MeToo. #SaveIndia. #FreePalestine. #PrayforUyghurMuslims. #BlackOutTuesday. What do all of these social justice issues have in common? They all became performative social media trends. According to Medium, an online social journalism platform, performative activism is “activism that is done to increase one’s social capital rather than because of … Continue reading You Aren’t the Activist That You Think You Are

Cancel Culture and Other Excuses

by  Karina MelencioImage: Markus Winkler / Unsplash The term ‘cancel culture’ and the act of ‘cancelling’ public figures for their ignorance toward social issues roots from the Civil Rights Movement in America and has long circulated the sphere of Black Twitter. Over the years, ‘cancel culture’ has regained traction, and usage of the term began … Continue reading Cancel Culture and Other Excuses

Australia’s Shocking Pandemic

by AnonymousImage: Pexels Free Photos Australia’s Shocking Pandemic Another pandemic has hit Australia but this time it is not something that can be solved by washing your hands or wearing a mask. Rather, it has spread through schools, households and most notably, the Australian Government. The pandemic of discussion is one comprised of sexual assault … Continue reading Australia’s Shocking Pandemic

Why Mental Health Mattered Yesterday, Matters today and Will Matter Tomorrow

by Sonia SaidImage: Andy Zurich / Flickr There might be no better time to talk about Mental Health than now. Why? Because like women’s day, everyday should be Mental Health awareness day. And during the current pandemic of the Covid-19, people have been more and more concerned. Mental health is an extensive part of our … Continue reading Why Mental Health Mattered Yesterday, Matters today and Will Matter Tomorrow

WE ARE(N’T) WHAT WE EAT

by Lara ChoyImage: Nico Smit / Unsplash It’s a chilly pandemic winter and three very different Torontonians secretly share in the same struggle. A recently unemployed server rushes down the sidewalk with spare cash from his roommate to pay for a few groceries. He passes a small apartment, where a single mother begins skipping meals … Continue reading WE ARE(N’T) WHAT WE EAT

Press the Recording Button! It’s Not That Hard.

by Irina JiangImage: Matheus Farias / Unsplash What is your first impression of online schooling? Flexible? Enjoyable? The answer for Kaijie Zhang, a former freshman student from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, a private university in New York, would be “lethal”. On February 8th, 2021, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute posted a brief announcement on their website expressing their … Continue reading Press the Recording Button! It’s Not That Hard.

Tackling Hate Crimes in the U.S.

by Jessie JinImage: Mike Gifford / Flickr From the appalling anti-black, racism-motivated murder in College Park to the violent attack on an elderly Asian woman just a few days ago (as of this writing), the United States has reached an all-time high in hate crimes. The Anti-Defamation League claimed that 3566 “extremist propaganda incidents” occurred … Continue reading Tackling Hate Crimes in the U.S.

Can It Be Done? – Gender Neutrality in the French Language

by Monique Kasonga Image: papillion_1/Flickr In a world where gender nonconformity and neutrality are slowly on the rise, many languages and cultures have added and adopted gender neutral pronouns. While there have long been gender-neutral pronouns in English, many other languages still lack this inclusive language. Understanding the situation’s complexity requires looking at the concept … Continue reading Can It Be Done? – Gender Neutrality in the French Language

Today’s Youth is Suffering in a Different Way Than You May Think

by Monique Kasonga Image Source: Robert Lang With the one year anniversary of COVID-19’s arrival to Canada just around the corner, most Canadians are able to say how much their lives have drastically changed during this past year. Back in March, when most of the country found itself in quarantine, many of Canada’s youth experienced … Continue reading Today’s Youth is Suffering in a Different Way Than You May Think

Patriotic Education for Chinese High Schools

by Jessie Jin Image Source: The Conversation Bravery lies equidistant of cowardness and recklessness. Truthfulness lies equidistant of self-depreciation and boastfulness. People strive to reach a balancing point between these characteristics; it’s with the delicate point of balance that ultimate productivity can be achieved. Like everything else, there is a fine line between educating youth … Continue reading Patriotic Education for Chinese High Schools

Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women: The Ongoing Canadian Genocide

By Monique Kasonga Image Credit: Amnesty Canada When discussing genocide, Canada is definitely not the first country that comes to mind. Indigenous people have been targeted from the beginning of colonial Canada, displaced and awfully treated by the Canadian government with the goal of assimilation. There are many systemic factors that play into the mistreatment … Continue reading Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women: The Ongoing Canadian Genocide

Cultural Differences Unveiled Through COVID-19

By Kristin Cho Image credit: Oracle The COVID-19 pandemic has a global impact socially, economically, and politically. Although countries like New Zealand, Vietnam, and Taiwan have been averaging less than 5 new cases each day, many countries still struggle with the exploding new COVID cases. With the elongated duration of the pandemic providing great numbers … Continue reading Cultural Differences Unveiled Through COVID-19

Cultural Appropriation

By Lindsay Wong Image credit: Bustle The onset of globalization has led to an increase in social awareness and consciousness. The issue of cultural appropriation has prompted debate and led to more people getting called out for toxic behavior. Cultural appropriation refers to members of a more dominant society inappropriately adopting the customs, practices, ideas, … Continue reading Cultural Appropriation