Category: Social Movements

For, not over

If I were being asked (not that I have ever) of books I have read more than five times, I could name these three: Jonathan Safran Foer’s Everything is Illuminated, Milan Kundera’s The Unbearable Lightness of Being, and Neil Gaiman & Terry Pratchett’s Good Omens. I remember reading the first two at the same time […]

New kind of poorly paid hell

Edited FoodPanda logo with angry eyes and a hand balled up in a fist as a counter-narrative to the company’s initial logo (‘mogok’ stands for ‘strike’ in Malay) In this week’s We’ve Had Enough of Greedy Employers Who Overwork and Underpay People, and in today’s extension of how much you should care, as Malaysian FoodPanda […]

Currently

Currently reading: Frankenstein: Annotated for Scientists, Engineers, and Creators of All Kinds. Mary Shelley’s 1818 story of Victor Frankenstein and his nameless monster — the creature, the wretch, the daemon, the fiend — has long served as a cautionary tale of one’s work born out of unethical practices that could turn its back against its […]

The point of writing

I guess I have come across this before but I was recently made aware (or reminded) of from Stranger Things 3 of what is called the Baader-Meinhof effect, or ‘frequency illusion’— the effect that happens when you start seeing the same things in succession after being mentioned to you, or encountered upon it the first […]

On 2019 Hong Kong Protest

As a political sociology doctoral candidate within the concentration of social movements, leadership, and technology, I have definitely been following the development of the current protest movement in Hong Kong with great interest. Five years after the pro-democracy Umbrella Movement of 2014, in which protesters marched against the proposed reforms to the Hong Kong electoral […]

Hope in the collective

I just finished reading Angela Davis’ Freedom Is A Constant Struggle: Ferguson, Palestine, and the Foundations of a Movement and I must say, what an eye-opening read. Most of my reads are enlightening in many ways, but this book — which is a collection of interviews, essays, and speeches from activist and icon of the […]

On dancing and dissent

About this day last year, I joined this 3 Minute Thesis (3MT) competition organised by my university — which placed me second and got me to represent the university in social sciences section for the national 3MT (although I didn’t win). The idea of the competition is to strategically talk about your thesis — all […]