Maid in Hong Kong: The commodification of intimacy

Domestic workers in Hong Kong. Source:  'istolethetv', Flickr
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On Sundays, the streets and parks of Hong Kong’s central business district are filled with activity and vitality, presenting a display of the city’s character distinctive from the monotony of the weekly grind. Officially termed ‘domestic workers’ and colloquially referred to as ‘helpers,’ tens of thousands of predominantly Filipino and Indonesian migrant women occupy the… Continue Reading ➤

Taiwan’s Overseas Constituents: The Often Overlooked Victims of Taiwanisation

Former president Lee Teng-Hui (left), with Tsai Ing-Wen, the current President of Taiwan. Lee was a notable supporter of Taiwainisation. Source: Wikimedia Commons, The Office of the President of Taiwan.

An annual poll conducted from 1994-2016 shows that belief in a unique Taiwanese identity, exclusive of a Chinese identity, has continuously garnered more adherents in the Republic of China on Taiwan (Yu 2018, 1). The political significance of this is another issue; polls conducted by the same institution show that support for immediate or eventual… Continue Reading ➤

Gilets Jaunes: More Than Esprit Français

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The endurance and energy of the ‘Gilets Jaunes’ (yellow jackets) movement has been a surprise even in a country familiar with street protests. The demonstrations have continued for the fifth week in a row, or ‘Act Five’ as it has been called. With a turnout of around 66,000 on Saturday 16th December, the numbers were… Continue Reading ➤

The future of journalism – an interview with Farrah Storr

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Farrah Storr is the editor of ‘Cosmopolitan’ (UK) and author of ‘The Discomfort Zone: How To Get What You Want by Living Fearlessly’ Farrah Storr is an authoritative name in women’s journalism. In 2017, she was named one of the thousand most powerful people in the UK. She was one of only seven BAME women… Continue Reading ➤

Brexit – May’s deal, no deal, or a second referendum? Three perspectives from the Globalist.

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As the date when we leave the EU draws near, three major positions on how we should handle Brexit have emerged. One is to take the withdrawal agreement Theresa May has hammered out with the EU. Another is to walk away from the negotiating table altogether, and leave the EU without any deal. The third… Continue Reading ➤

Crimea: why do the Russians think it’s theirs?

Crimean bridge

On 27th February 2014 Russian military personnel entered Crimea and began the process of taking over key government buildings in Simferopol, the region’s capital, as well as major communication hubs such as airports. This bloodless coup was completed in a few weeks and Crimea was formally incorporated into the Russian Federation in March. The events… Continue Reading ➤

Is time running out for liberation movements in government? The case of South Africa and Zimbabwe

Mugabe and Zuma

This past year saw the back of two gargantuan figures in Southern African politics. Robert Mugabe resigned in November 2017, having been President of Zimbabwe since its liberation from colonial rule in 1980. Just 3 months later, in February 2018, Jacob Zuma resigned from the Presidency of South Africa, ending a 9-year spell in office…. Continue Reading ➤

A return to the city of kites and crows

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“When the kite builds, look to your lesser linen” Shakespeare wrote (A Winter’s Tale; Act 4, scene 3) in reference to the red kite’s habit of stealing washing that had been hung out to dry, perhaps something he experienced himself as kites were very common in London at the time. With the bird going extinct… Continue Reading ➤

What is Alt-Right Culture? From Marinetti to 4chan

Umberto Boccioni, Charge of the Lancers, 1916. Source: Wikimedia Commons

**Content Warning: Discussion of racism and anti-Semitism as well as some mention of terrorism and Nazism** The far right in the United Kingdom grew primarily from Oswald Mosley’s British Union of Fascists of the 1930s which was banned during WW2, but its roots stretch back further. [1] It was also present in the earlier ‘radical right’,… Continue Reading ➤

Will Help to Buy make your dreams of home ownership a reality?

house

The Conservative’s Help to Buy scheme was their flagship policy for addressing rapidly rising prices caused by the acute housing bubble in the UK. Since it’s implementation in 2015, the government reported in 2017 that more than 100,000 homes across England had been bought under the scheme, with as much as 81% of this figure… Continue Reading ➤