On the power of photography
“I don’t need a picture of the daughter no longer breastfeeding or the toddler pounding her fists in a cage either. There are enough photographs now. We can see the reality and the need to act.
Yes, migrant children also slept in cages during the Obama administration. Yes, there are problems with making the plight of children the primary justification for immigration justice.
But right now, photographs seem to be catalyzing political action in a way they do not often do. And it is time to be the grown-ups.
And then, demand immigration justice and foreign policies to ensure that no one—of any age—ends up in a cage.”
Thinking of Indonesian family and friends today with a pivotal demonstration happening in central Jakarta.
Separately, it is great to have Eka Kurniawan at Singapore Writers Festival this year. I'm really looking forward to listening him speak.
WRITING FROM THE DIASPORA
5 Nov, Sat 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM The Arts House, Screening Room
With Catherine Torres & Robin Hemley & Moderated by Eric Tinsay Valles
SG HORROR: ARE YOU AFRAID OF THE DARK?
10 Nov, Thu 8:30 PM - 9:30 PM, The Arts House, Blue Room
With Ng Yi-Sheng, Audrey Chin & moderated by Jeffrey Lim
Singapore Love Stories Book launch
12 November 2016 Sat 1pm to 2pm The Arts House, Gallery II
Do come along. It would be great see you there!
"The “Muslim” has come to be a hollowed, emptied term that functions as a trigger for white anxiety. Little surprise then, when you add Muslim next to another anxiety-laden word “immigrant”, the result equates to half the country reaching out for the treadmill’s emergency red stop button.
Modernity’s pace seems too quick for some, but the keen reader would have noted that in my opening agreement I put the Muslim in scare quotes. I do this for a reason. The word “Muslim” belongs to a conversation born out of the “war on terror”. I distinguish it from the quote-less everyday Muslim whose complex life is beyond the headline and Hanson’s narrow parameters.
Any one simplified and generalising statement about Islam betrays the religion and its communities’ diverse contests, betrays Muslims’ internal debates on how to best articulate Islam’s universality. Whereas, the “Muslim” functions in a pure simplicity. It simply means them. It represents an abject figure that has to be excluded from the circle of us so to imagine a supposed pure integrity of our culture."