The Gender Binary Rejection and The Meaning Of Being Non-Binary

Have you ever wonder if you are non-binary? Girl/boy, women/man, isn't it an arbitrary dichotomy? Was there a period where you questioned either of those female and male gender identities? Many questions you might not have the answers to. The heteronormative beliefs and ideas are lately challenged by multiple non-binary identities. Contrary to popular belief, for centuries western…

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Coronavirus, anti-Asian racism and sinophobia

Coronavirus outbreak spreads fears and anxiety around the world and the constant exposure to the news has triggered an infodemic. More than 35 000 cases of coronavirus have been confirmed and 724 people have died. There is a great concern, so great that racist incidents have multiplied across several countries. Anti-Asian racism and sinophobia are…

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To be white at all costs: skin whitening in India

‘You would be so much beautiful if you were fair-skinned, here take this’. How many have heard this comment? Skin whitening is an established social practice in India and in many other countries and starts at an early age. Skin bleaching is more than a phenomenon, it's an inherited trauma from the post-colonial period. Skin whitening…

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TY NICOLE and her passion for entrepreneurship

Are you passionate about entrepreneurship? You are not the only ones. A few months ago, I met Ty Nicole in Madrid, a North American entrepreneur, who changed her career to devote to her passion: entrepreneurship. During my stay in Madrid, I had already met an entrepreneur, Cassandra Le, who heads the "The Quirky Pineapple Studio".…

From Fashion Design To Alternative Education & Activism In Berlin

Activism, a path not made for everyone but one which can change the life of those who undertake it. Such is the case with Vicky Truong, who went from fashion designer to alternative education and now anti-racism and feminism activist. Discriminating experiences, personal development, and Asian activism in Berlin have driven her journey and helped…

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Growing Up Between Iranian And Western Culture And Building A Cultural Identity

Portrait of Sara - ©Aissa Sica Growing up in different cultures can make harder to find your cultural identity and yourself. In my article, The French Concept Of French Identity and Assimilation in France, I've explained how I felt about my cultural identity while growing up in France. Sara is 26 years old, grew up…

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The Concept Of French Identity And Assimilation in France

‘Frenchness’ is an entrenched concept in French society. According to Toupie.org, French identity is defined as ‘the feeling a person has of being part of a nation. This feeling is specific to each person. However, for sociology, it is an internalisation of identity references, resulting from the permanent visibility of the nation's ‘common points,’ which…

Women of Color in Folk Music: Legendary & Contemporary Artists

In recent years, indie folk music has given rise from its ashes to folk music. This is not the first revival that happened in folk music. From the ’40s to the ’70s, folk music has become more and more popular, and reach a peak during the Civil Rights Movement. Many folk singers supported the Civil…

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Marem Ladson : Nothing Really Matters Except Her Music

Portrait of Marem Ladson - ©Aissa SIca Marem Ladson is a 21-year-old folk singer-songwriter living in Madrid and originally from Galicia. Music has always been a big part of Marem’s life. Her mother already made her listen to classical music while she was still in her womb. Then, the passion for music naturally grew in…

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Being a Vietnamese-American woman entrepreneur: Cassandra’s journey

More and more young millennials find themselves on non-traditional career paths, choosing to pursue entrepreneurship instead. Youtubers and bloggers have led the way and somehow democratized entrepreneurship. When embarking on an entrepreneurial career path, many factors play a role in your entrepeneurial career. On the professional side, skills such as financial management, building relationships, and…

The westernization of Yoga: between misconceptions, cultural appropriation, and no inclusivity

What are the first things that come to your mind when you hear of Yoga? Physical postures, flexibility, strength? Maybe. There are still a lot of misconceptions about what Yoga is.  There are different types of Yoga, as listed by the Yoga Journal: to list but a few of them, there are Vigorous Vinyasa, Ashtanga,…

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The Black Italian Women You Should Know

Black Italian women are still invisible, in the Italian media. Their portrayal in Italian media is unfortunately still stereotypical, which I explained in my article about my long stay in Italy. Yet, there are extraordinary women who work in their own way to make a difference. This is not an exhaustive list, they are black…

Diversity in children’s literature and magazines

Diversity in children's literature and publishing is needed. Publishing gathers the activities of “producing and selling a book, magazine or a newspaper”.  Reading is an important part of a child's personal development and literature including magazines can help it. There is a lot of talk about the benefits of reading for children: improving concentration, enriching vocabulary,…

I have put on weight and I do not accept my body

I have put on weight and I do not accept my body anymore. It is sad because I let myself too much influence by society body standards. Weight gain and body acceptance remain difficult by having these standards of beauty and obsession with image body that we are surrounded by. Instagram is one the social…