Category: Politics

No such thing as neutrality

There has never been Palestine on Google Maps. I had been reading Ibram X. Kendi’s How To Be An Antiracist over the weekend and was struck at how much of his central argument — that there is no such thing as neutrality — should always be one of the tenets and cautionary tales when dealing with technology. […]

How embarrassing it is to be cruel

As a fan of commonplace books, this particular edition of Book Post on Sei Shonagon’s Pillow Book caught my attention. According to the post, Shonagon was a Japanese writer living between tenth to eleventh centuries who served the empress entourage in Kyoto. She got encouraged to write after given a sheaf of a very precious paper to use, and from […]

Collective action is a life-changing experience

Image Credit: Joao Fereira This is another excellent piece from Zeynep Tufekci, answering the question as old as time itself: Do protests work? Protests sometimes look like failures in the short term, but much of the power of protests is in their long-term effects, on both the protesters themselves and the rest of society. […] Protests […]

No more stifling rage

Leonard Suryajaya, Two Bodies (2017) In the past few days Malaysian Twitter, or Twitterjaya as we call it, were inundated with reports of rapes and assaults done by seemingly ‘respected’ men in the industry, organisations, and some among the very immediate circle of the people they have assaulted. It was heartbreaking to read the accounts […]

We cut our poems out of air

Today’s post is a prompt from Suleika Jaouad’s The Isolation Journal: Reflect on the first time you became aware of race — either yours or someone else’s. What meaning did you make of it then? How has that meaning evolved? As Malaysians, or my closest circle, are trying to unlearn and doing better on disposing of our […]

The only way to survive

Shellie Zhang, The Only Way to Survive (2019). via Something I Saw For some reasons, sleep has always eluded me, but it’s been harder to catch a wink particularly in the time of Covid, and… everything else. There are the protests in America following the death of George Floyd, a black man who pleaded that […]

Listen to Black voices

Emory Douglas’ Black Panther poster, via Casual Archivist It’s incredibly upsetting to witness the state of the world as it is today, and it seemingly minuscule that here I was, in my unearned privilege as one of the ethnic majorities in Malaysia, to complain about being unable to put my thoughts into words. I have […]

The tools at our disposal

Last few weeks, it was reported that Malaysian authorities had turned away a boat carrying about 200 Rohingyan refugees, including women and children that was said to enter the country ‘illegally’. The justification provided was that the country was in the midst of battling Covid-19, and by letting in foreigners, which includes these asylum seekers, […]