Thus do I render from brilliant exemplar In sweet meter to cheer Troubled hearts with light Ever commending the way to life serendipitous The measure of unmeaning The excellent virtuous meant The ground of becoming Formed in subtle sign Seeing and unseen Said and unsaid This re-view is composed That it be a pusaka It […]
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“If you don’t have humans, you can’t have gods” When I can, I like talking to my grandma about the gods, deities and spirits of her Chinese cosmos. When she speaks, worlds blur. The rational//supernatural divide that has been soldered so deeply into me loosens, unwinds. Gods will bicker if you place too many of […]
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So why history? Why still history? I realized I once told the story of how I stumbled, rather grudgingly, and awkwardly, into becoming a history major, some four+ years ago, but I’ve never told you about why I continued being a history major since. Because unlike some of my friends in other majors, who stagger to the […]
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“In many ways the great apes are very like us, yet we simultaneously hold the conviction that they are not like us..It may be true that they do not speak in the sense in which humans understand language, but they communicate, listen, and comprehend, and they teach…” – Robert J. Cribb, Wild Man from Borneo […]
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The road less traveled is a lie. If you are reading this, you are either a humanities student yourself, or you came here to gloat and to confirm what you’ve always suspected about those students who have too much time on their hands, doing their “readings”. Or maybe not, since binaries are always so deceptive. […]
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At the polar bear enclosure in the Singapore Zoo, 26 December 1990 was supposed to have been a routine day. Sheba, the first resident polar bear of the Singapore Zoo, had last been seen swimming nonchalantly in the enclosure’s pool the day before. Aside from the stereotypical behaviour characteristic of polar bears confined in small […]
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