From the Kama Sutra to Now: The Impact of Colonial Rule on South Asian Queer Culture, by Nicole Brown

This article will feature in Issue 38: Language and Culture Despite only having overturned Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code, which criminalised homosexuality,  in September 2018, India has a long queer history, which the BJP (the incumbent Hindu nationalist party) completely disregard.  Both ancient Indian culture and mythological texts directly refute the attitude that Continue Reading

How has public memory of the Second Sino-Japanese War influenced Chinese culture and international relations? By Isaac Feaver

Chinese public memory concerning the Second Sino-Japanese War has been perhaps one of the most controversial topics of recent history and present-day international relations. Nevertheless, Chinese public memory regarding the Second Sino-Japanese War remains a worthy topic of discussion, as 1949 gave the world two case studies of Chinese culture, one in mainland China and the other in Taiwan.

Missionaries: colonialism’s “agent, scribe and moral alibi”? By Shikhar Talwar

Colonialism is often defended as a moral mission, a mission to educate and civilise the non-western world, and often used Christian Missionaries to convey their message. However, this perspective stands to much debate, as through the years the Empires have often been questioned on what the true intentions behind colonialism were. Were they purely moral? Or were they based on profit, and excavating the best resources from foreign land?

Reclaiming Australia Day: The terrible history of the 26th of January and those seeking to abolish it, by Jenna Helms

Australia Day has been celebrated as an official holiday in Australia since 1818, with its proponents proclaiming it to be a day of national unity and remembrance. Each year on January 26th, the holiday is commemorated with community festivals, concerts, and political addresses, and is seen as symbolic of national identity. However, in recent years, a growing number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander activists have been campaigning for a change to Australia’s national day. Activists and their supporters argue that the 26th of January should be a day of national mourning, not celebration, and that the holiday excludes indigenous history. Despite conservative pushback, an increasing number of Australians are becoming aware of the holiday’s bloody history, generating hope that in future years, celebrations will be more inclusive of Australia’s diverse past and present.