My Demands of the US Literary Market

In Alison Flood’s article, “Writers attack ‘overrated’ Anglo-American literature at Jaipur festival,” writer and filmmaker Xiaolu Guo (author of Concise Chinese-English Dictionary for Lovers) says, “Our reading habit has been stolen and changed…our reading habit is more Anglo-Saxon, more American…all the poetry, all the alternative things, have been pushed away by mainstream society.” 

6literature, contemporary American literature,

Human Zoo in Norway Re-occupies Space of European Superiority

The Norwegian artists Mohamed Ali Fadlabi and Lars Cuzner are recreating, as part of a nationwide commemoration of 200 years of the Norwegian Constitution, a “human zoo” as a way of provoking an engagement with Norway’s colonial past. 

6Norway, human zoo, Eurocentrism,

Denial Through Silence

A novelist revisits the Rwandan genocide from 20 years ago and takes the French, African and international establishment to task for a deliberate “denialism.”

6Rwanda, Rwandan genocide, denialism,

Responsibility Without Capacity

On Thursday, April 17, armed youths broke through the gates of the UN Mission in South Sudan and opened fire, killing forty-eight people and injuring a hundred more before UN peacekeepers could repel the attack. 

6Sudan, UN,

Monsanto and the Other Chemical Weapon

Western concern over weapons of mass destruction overlook a chemical weapons threat closer to home: Monsanto.

6Monsanto, GMOs,

Racial Segregation Still Rampant in Campus Greek Life

Last week, the University of Alabama’s Student Government Association Senate passed a groundbreaking resolution to support the full racial integration of the university’s Greek Life system.

6greek life, segregation, Alabama,

Progress or Empty Promises in Cambodia?

A few weeks ago, I detailed the issue of nationalist politics and ethnic identity in Cambodia.

6Cambodia, Tim LaRocco, ethnic identity,

City of Smoke and Dreams

In “Narcopolis” Jeet Thayil’s prose both captures and mirrors the multiplicity and heterogeneity of the cityscape’s inhabitants.

6Jeet Thayil, Narcopolis, Bombay, India,

Public Education and the “Culture of Expectation”

Last week, the popular Facebook page Humans of New York featured a photograph of a white teacher in Harlem, the largely African-American neighborhood in Manhattan. 

6Crystal Stella Becerril, humans of new york,

Mirroring West Papua

Photos of West Papuan political refugees attempt to raise international awareness about war crimes.

6West Papua, political refugees, Rohan Radheya, photography,

Africa 99 Anyone?

I am forty years old now, and you know forty years is a whole lifetime; you know it is extreme old age. To live longer than forty years is bad manners, is vulgar, immoral.

6Bhakti Shringarpure, African literature, Africa,

A Call to Arms: Witnesses to Genocide Look Within

Médecins Sans Frontières has published riveting internal documents from the organization’s struggle to respond to the Rwandan genocide.

6Médecins Sans Frontières, Rwanda, genocide,

The Rana Plaza Factory Collapse One Year Later

On April 23, 2013, in a large eight story building on the outskirts of Dhaka, Bangladeshis rushed from shops and banks on the lowers floors after noticing deep cracks in the pillars and foundations of the structure. 

6Ahsan Sayed, Bangladesh,

The Tax Man Cometh: Uh-oh He’s French…

In the 1960s, Nobel laureate economist Simon Kuznets conducted rigorous empirical analyses to conclude that capitalism inevitability decreases inequality. 

6Deepali Srivastava, Simon Kuznets, income inequality,

Sexism in the Gaming Industry

This past weekend, I had the privilege of attending the Penny Arcade Expo in Boston, more popularly known as PAX East, a gaming convention that offers a place for gamers to meet, try the newest gaming technologies, and attend panels (usually held by game developers/journalists and the like) about the future of the industry.

6sexism, gaming,