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
by Lindsay WongImage: Dakiny / CreativeCommons The upcoming Tokyo Olympics has sparked a very unique debate concerning the dangers of the COVID-19 pandemic: should the games be held or cancelled? While it looks like the games have gotten the green light to go ahead and are slated to begin on July 23rd, the public is … Continue reading The 2021 Tokyo Olympics Debate
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
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
by Tatyana BaldwinImage: Spi-V / Flickr The terms miscarriage and stillbirth are applied to a pregnancy that leads to the loss of the baby. Both of these events cause unmeasurable grief and pain for the parents. As with any loss, it takes time to heal and accept the reality of the loss. For this reason, … Continue reading New Zealand: Ahead of the curve on Miscarriage Paid Leave
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
by Nanditha Nagamani PraveenImage: Roman Kraft / Unsplash In the last few years, social media has bulldozed its way to being one of the most effective platforms for speaking out on social and political issues, and 2020 was no exception. From the coronavirus pandemic, to the US presidential elections, to the Indian farmer protests, public … Continue reading An Age of Information? Or MIS-information?
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
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.
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.
“Without a free and diverse press, democracy simply cannot function in its wholeness.” Continue reading The Murdoch Media Monopoly: An Alarming Alliteration
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
by Jessie Jin Image Source: CGTN Trigger Warning: r*pe, abuse, self-harm. Viewer discretion is advised. “The room I was imprisoned in was dark, the only source of light was from a crack in the wall. The walls are covered in mildew, and there are often rats and cockroaches on the floor. The room has an … Continue reading YuZhang Academy: the Reform Schools of Exacerbation
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
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
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
By: The Global Diplomat Writer Image credit: Forbes For a long time, a voice would always loom in my head-“You will never admit how malice your sins were; your lives are filled with so much boredom that you wish one more person will die in this world.” This is a quote from the protagonist of … Continue reading School Bullying: A Silent Killer
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
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