"Your hair is yours. Don’t let anyone convince you otherwise." The pressure to conform to mainstream "ideals" of beauty and presentation can be restrictive, stifling, oppressive. Mei Lian Hoe reflects on their experience with their hair and Malaysian beauty standards.
Different political parties or factions represent different political interests that exist in a society. But partisanship becomes a problem when the interests of the party overrides the collective good of society.
Every year, countries in Southeast Asia are affected by the transboundary haze generated by forest fires on peatlands. When cities are cloaked in smog, people complain about the slash-and-burn practices, only to move on once the smoke clears. This artwork is the first in a series of pieces about the haze in Southeast Asia.
It's not unusual for there to be tensions and conflict within societies, given the variety of groups, interests, and concerns. Instead, the key is how we navigate these tensions, in ways that do not endanger or discriminate against others.
Majorities and minorities exist in every society. What are the issues with majoritarian systems, where decisions are made solely based on majority preference? Why is it important to society to think about minority representation and rights?
Demonstrasi dan perarakan yang meluahkan bantahan berupaya menjadi manifestasi ketara pergerakan aktivisme dan sentimen di peringkat akar umbi. Tetapi bagaimana pula mereka yang tidak boleh menyertai perarakan tersebut, atas sebab-sebab tertentu? Apa yang boleh mereka lakukan, dan adakah ia mencukupi?
Demonstrations and protest marches can be highly visible manifestations of activism and grassroots sentiment. But what of those who aren’t able, for a variety of reasons, to join such marches? What can they do—and will it ever be enough?