city of joy (netflix)

Human greed leads to human suffering on an unfathomable scale.

City of Joy is a community in the Democratic Republic of Congo created for women who have survived horrific sexual, physical and emotional violence. After leaving the hospital, the women spend six months in the City of Joy taking classes to learn how to turn their pain into power.Read More »

the claudia kishi club (netflix)

Tired of incessantly scrolling through Netflix, looking for a show to watch, coming up empty-handed and inevitably ending up with Jeopardy!, I decided to start watching things that would inform as well as entertain. This (above) is my documentaries shortlist. I wish Netflix had more anthropological/geographic documentaries about countries or tribes (in the loosest sense of the word).

Today: The Claudia Kishi Club. A 17-minute hit of representation that was itself about representation.

There’s not just one way to be an Asian person. I can just be me. And that’s fine.

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scotus 6-3

The US Supreme Court passed a 6-3 decision today banning discrimination in employment based on sexual orientation or gender identity. Specifically, the decision ruled that the 1964 Civil Rights Act, which prohibits discrimination in employment “because of sex”, extended to sexual orientation and gender identity. There is hope for the US after all. Read More »

trudeau’s lip service is second to none

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Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is very good at paying lip service to progressive positions and exceptionally keen to create careful optics that visually support the image of himself that he wants to project (to list but a few: athletic professional; cool surfer dude; cute lumberjack; scrappy fightercasual health-conscious guy; casual health-conscious guy 2; gay rights supporter; indigenous rights supporter; racial equality supporter; gender equality supporter; Chinese culture fan; Indian ‘culture’ fan). Read More »