As the cities have started to reopen, I have been thinking about the activities, the habits, and the values I want to retain from the quarantine. Strangely I am not at all overjoyed at the prospect of being able to go to visit friends again or reading at the cafe or going to work within this New Normal, particularly thinking that I am living under the same roof with an elderly parent with some underlying medical conditions. If you have read through some of my previous posts, I have been quite persistent about the fear of forgetting of our awareness of the inequality gaps that surfaced during the pandemic, mostly a reminder to myself. I am very aware that I come from a place of privilege that made me able to live with abundance within the limitations that I have. At the same time, I am also very critical, and somehow also irked at myself to think that due to my privilege, there is something that I can learn from the sheltering in, while some others are struggling to survive.
Julio Vincent Gambuto wrote in an article:
From one citizen to another, I beg of you: take a deep breath, ignore the deafening noise, and think deeply about what you want to put back into your life. This is our chance to define a new version of normal, a rare and truly sacred (yes, sacred) opportunity to get rid of the bullshit and to only bring back what works for us, what makes our lives richer, what makes our kids happier, what makes us truly proud.
Thus, I don’t want to forget both the grief and the beauty that came out of this. I especially don’t want to consume unnecessarily like before, living through a frenetic pace and forgetting that the cosmic world is more than just work and the flawed, capitalistic idea of productivity, keeping a healthier diet and work routine, and of course, doing more to fight for social justice.
What, from the quarantine, do you want to retain?
Reading in my tabs:
- If you’re trying to become a better ally, a Google Doc of actions you can do every single day for the month of June.
- A list of inclusion-resources from Design Can (Britain-centered).
- However, be mindful that we can’t defeat racism with just reading and lists, “It’s important to recognise that paying attention is not the same as understanding, there truly is no replacement for actual, physical, social encounter between humans to create a shared perspective.”
- “Taiwan’s success in combating COVID-19 resulted from a combination of strong, effective governmental action by a high-capacity state manned by operational experts, a willingness to prioritise collective risk and burden-sharing over hyper-individualism and a commitment to taking a long view of planning for potentially catastrophic risks.”
- “Promises of technological solutions can lead to a phenomenon known as the ‘streetlight effect’, the tendency to search where it is easiest to look. Here, the ones missed out on are the poorer, less privileged communities who do not feature on the digital map.” The bio-surveillance state: an emerging new normal in Asia.
- Tech companies say they value diversity, but their actions suggest otherwise. It’s time we dealt with white supremacy in tech. Time to make the hire, send the wire.
- Building the woke web: web accessibility, inclusion, & social justice.
- What technology has accidentally killed the most people?
- A free online summer course on coloniality and decoloniality.
- “I dig, digging until the passport in my back pocket saturates with dirt, because here I work for nothing and for everything.”
- Reading: Sasha Costanza-Chock’s Design Justice and Elif Shafak’s The Architect’s Apprentice.
- Listening: This Arab Jazz playlist.
- Viewing: Hasan Minhaj’s Patriot Act episode on George Floyd and racism. Also, I’ve always loved a murmuration of starlings, and this one is just incredible.
- Food & Drink: Another day of kimchi jiggae!