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…

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…

Living in the Middle East as a Latina woman

Heather is a-30-year-old Mexican-American and has also Amerindians backgrounds. She is currently studying International Development in Vienna. She also co-hosts a show at Radio Orange, called ZamZaman, where she and her friend introduce artists from all over the world. Heather has a lot of hobbies: reading, Vipassana meditation, feminism, traveling and more. Her travel experiences…

Natascha‘s portrait: art, spirituality, and racial bullying

Natascha is Austrian-Congolese. She is currently studying economics in Vienna. But, she does not see herself working in this field in the future. Her choice of subject was more to please her parents. Indeed, for her parents and many other African parents, there are three paths to have success in life: law, medicine, or economics.…

A brief insight of Taiwanese culture and history culture with YuChing

What do you think of when you hear about Taiwan and Taiwanese culture? Maybe you aren’t familiar with it or you confuse it with another country. The first thing YuChing wanted to emphasize is that she comes from Taiwan and not Thailand. People can sometimes mix up the two countries, but she thinks they do…

Cultural identity & pregnancy : Yee’s life-changing moment

Yee tells us more about how the way she perceived her cultural identity has evolved and her pregnancy loss. Coming to Germany for love She is a 32-year old social work student and English teacher in Berlin, comes from Melbourne, a city located in the South of Australia. She left Australia five years ago to…

Migration crisis and refugees integration in Germany as seen by Khadijah

The issue of refugees integration and migrant crisis is a recurring theme in German political debates. I find this subject very interesting and I wanted to ask for the opinion of someone in direct contact with them instead. Khadijah will talk about her life, her journey and give her opinion on the migrant crisis. Living…

Whitney, a young Ghanaian mom in Berlin

Whitney, from Amsterdam to Berlin She is a 25-year old woman, she comes from Amsterdam, where she lived all her life. After her studies in international trade, she settled in Berlin in November 2015 for professional reasons. She currently works in finance at BASF. It was also an opportunity for her to live abroad, to…

Being mixed-race in Eastern Germany

Martha and her family in former GDR Martha, a 32-year-old woman, was born at Weimar, a small town of 65, 000 inhabitants in eastern Germany. She was only 4 years old when the reunification took place. Since the fall of the wall, the lives of her relatives have literally changed. For the first time, her…

Franco-Congolese, creative feminist and passionate about tech : Anne-Sophie’s portrait

Anne-Sophie and her new life in Berlin Anne Sophie has lived in Berlin for 1 year and a half. She is currently working in a startup. They pitch in with the application programmers by aiding them to monetize applications, through advertising, without users having to pay. Anne Sophie is in charge of the advertising campaigns…