Book review: “Thomas Stamford Raffles: Schemer or Reformer?”

Singapore intends to commemorate (and by extension celebrate) the bicentennial anniversary of colonial rule. As of 2019, it would have been 200 years since the British landed on our shores and strongarmed the local rulers to sign an unjust treaty. The prime minister has stated that it is not a time to celebrate, but a time to reflect on our history. It is no question that colonialism has brought nothing but harm around the world and there are present-day efforts to decolonize our actions, policies, and even thoughts. And how do you reflect when the state constantly places prestige, extravagance and credibility to even just the name “Raffles”?

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Toronto on film

I came to Canada for an exchange program 5 years ago, and tbh, I was extremely nervous and not excited for the semester. I had thought Canada was too far, I didn’t know anyone who was headed there, and I wasn’t sure if I would survive the cold. But, I still went ahead. What I thought will be a boring, non-exciting experience turned out to be one of the best times of my life! And I’ve always secretly made plans to go back (perhaps to stay longer). I went back recently, and felt like I was 22 again. It was refreshing, rejuvenating and an incredibly healing journey for me.

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Editor’s Letter: Mental Health

Originally posted on beyondhijab.sg:
by Diana Rahim It’s hard being a person. Nobody truly tells you this, nor are we really encouraged to look into this fact deeply. As a society, we are uncomfortable with confronting sadness and despair, and would rather concentrate on a superficial, easy-to-understand pursuit of happiness. We are taught to meet our basic material needs, to obsess over our educational… Continue reading Editor’s Letter: Mental Health

I Tried to Warn You About Junot Diaz

Originally posted on tremenda manguita & other magnetisms:
An old colleague from the Boston Globe sent me a link to today’s article about the flurry of women coming forward about (alleged, I guess) sexual misconduct towards them by Pulitzer-winning novelist Junot Diaz. My friend sent the article out of kindness, the way an old pal might place a comforting hand on your shoulder by way… Continue reading I Tried to Warn You About Junot Diaz