It is insufficient to simply term oneself an Artist, or to simply pursue art without knowing where to go with it and why one does it. Some say great art is created in periods of unrest, and perhaps there are many who are now as excited as they are anxious about the cusp of an… Continue reading Guiding Principles for the Artist
Imagine a city that feels like a community. People commute to and from work with ease. Neighborhoods are lively, with parks, schools, and shops within walking distance. One can enjoy a night out without cabbing from place to place. It is possible to simply walk around and take in the city. Everything is convenient, accessible,… Continue reading Give Metro a Chance
It is a consumer mark of pride by this point that social justice is what sells. Millennials are known for a lot of things, the better of which is an interest in civic engagement that goes beyond protests and boycotts. It has become easier than ever to express an opinion in a time when products… Continue reading The Myth of the Activist Consumer
These past two years have been a test of our resilience. In a time when we hear daily to put America First, the nation has also stepped forward to say America’s not alone. Earlier this year, Congress passed a foreign aid budget that not only resisted the Trump administration’s proposed cuts, but even saw increases… Continue reading Why Foreign Aid Still Matters
Just last month, California Governor Jerry Brown signed Bill 830 and introduced the concept of media literacy to the state. It requires the state Department of Education’s website to list resources on media literacy, including professional development programs for teachers, by July 2019. The bill was inspired by a recent Stanford University study that found… Continue reading On Readership
Parson might have put it best when he wrote that “public housing has never come easily to these United States; nor, for that matter, has the political philosophy behind public housing, social democracy, been an enduring U.S. characteristic.” (ix) Though public housing programs have been, and still are, attempted nationwide, their successes have been influenced… Continue reading In Support of Public Housing
A brief foreword - I was born and raised in Singapore for 18 years. I am ethnically Chinese and grew up in a middle-class family with both parents, grandparents, and two younger sisters who now study in the National University of Singapore (NUS) and Temasek Polytechnic. I attended a Catholic primary school and, later, the… Continue reading Why I’m Leaving Home
Let it be said that “water cooler talk” is possibly one of the worst sorts of talks there could be. You know the “water cooler talk” - what you were up to last weekend, if you watched the game, is that a pair of new shoes? Maybe you got back from a trip to Peru… Continue reading Resist Conformity!