Monuments, memory, and movements: How should the world reckon with a controversial past?

Article by John Lee Candelaria. Abstract: As statues honoring white supremacists fell in the wake of the anti-racist protests and the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement, this essay asks: should monuments that memorialize a problematic past be removed or preserved as historical relics? To answer this question, the author contextualized …

Social Invisibility for Sale: The Birth of the “Convenient Subject”

Article by Weisyun Chen. Abstract: Convenience stores in Taiwan are unique spaces. They challenge the concept of alienation and make it totally outdated. Challenging the notion of alienation, convenience stores abstract not only labor-time but also the social relationships among individuals, as the value of labor. The convenience store is …

Of Convenience and the Concept of Citizenship

Article by Zikri Rahman. Abstract: The burgeoning presence of convenience store franchises around the world has been such an interesting phenomenon. Through this preliminary writing, the author is looking at the phenomena specifically from the perspective of Taiwan which has a  staggering number of more than 5000 branches of 7-Eleven …

不被看见及被看见的身体-疫情下的大马非公民群体

Article by Lim Jian Xing. Abstract On Migrant communities during the global pandemic, Italian scholar Sandro Mezzadra in his What Happens to Freedom of Movement During a Pandemic pointed that “Migrants embody in the harshest way the contradictions and tensions surrounding the freedom of movement and its denial today” and “ …

State Regulation, Pandemic, and Africans in South China

Article by LI Qi. Abstract During the Covid-19 pandemic, African nationals were maltreated in Guangdong Province, China. African students and businesspeople were forced to undergo additional quarantine and nucleic acid tests. Meanwhile, they were unwelcomed on the street, at their places of work and even their accommodations. In contrast to …

The Reaction of the Government, Social Media and Citizens in the COVID-19 Pandemic: A Lesson from Vietnam

Article by Nguyen Thi Trang. Abstract: In December 2019, novel coronavirus broke out in China; it was predicted that Vietnam would suffer serious infection rates during this pandemic. However, the country has written its own exceptional story with only 332 infected cases so far in its territory and no deaths. …

Understanding the Discourse of Populism and Nationalism in India

Article by Feeza Vasudeva. Abstract This article aims to explore the concepts of nationalism and populism within the Indian context. Populism and nationalism are two of the main issues affecting democracies around the globe. The academic debate regarding the relationship between these two concepts has been intense. One strand of …

The ‘Turmoil’ of Internal Migration in India during the Covid-19

Article by Dr. Poonam Sharma Abstract: While the world gets enveloped by the menacing shadow of the Covid-19, India as a nation is also struggling to prevent itself from the impact of the new coronavirus. This article highlights the ‘turmoil’ of internal migration that erupted in India after a three-week-long …