An end to our seasonal woes

Image description: The river in Oxford on a sunny day.  Call me a starry-eyed optimist, but this past weekend, it felt like something special was hanging in the air. All throughout Oxford cheerful students were bobbing, bubbling, and bustling around. Shops were open. The High Street heaved. Pub gardens filled with happy customers. The city […]

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Ramadan: Abroad in Covid-times

Image description: A silhouette against an orange sky. If you were to ask any Muslim to describe their typical Ramadan, you will soon find a theme emerging from their answers; family, food, festivities. If you were to ask for a standout feature of Ramadan, most would highlight the community spirit. The string binding all these […]

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Seaspiracy: fact or just fishy?

Image Description: A dolphin upright underwater, its head pointing towards the surface, just above the seafloor. Netflix’s Seaspiracy has reached millions of viewers worldwide and remains in the Netflix top 10 most-watched even now. The documentary, which reported on the wide-ranging scandals surrounding commercial fishing and the apparently devastating impacts the practice is having on […]

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She calls a taxi

Image Description: Painting of a girl upon a blue background looking at an empty taxi    The day the quarantine ended was the day we matriculated. We could not wait to see each other in real life. I remember she got a taxi to my place. She took the initiative.   Over the previous three […]

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I am encountering you

Image Description: A young woman reads by candlelight in a dark room.    Different modes of conversation have entirely different effects. How does one situate continuous daily conversation in the context of artistic research? How does one make the phrase ‘understand others’ accessible and narrow down the word ‘others’? I look to my surrounding friends. […]

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“Rip out my native tongue”: The violent effects of our racist cultural consciousness on the Asian community

Image Description: A woman wearing a mask being confronted by shadow figures  Back when I used to have Tinder, the most common greeting I received was: ‘Hi Jackie Chan.’ ‘OMG Jackie Chan.’ Or: ‘I’ve never had an Asian before. I’d like to try it.’ Whilst the former was a pathetic attempt at a joking association […]

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Meghan and Harry’s Oprah Interview and the Problems of Protocol

Image description: Buckingham Palace  Most hypothetical rulebooks of ‘appropriate’ royal behaviour probably don’t include sitting down with a chat-show host in a garden in California. However, Harry and Meghan have never represented the model image of traditional British monarchy. Their recent televised conversation with Oprah Winfrey – which touched on issues such as personal security, […]

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