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Brave New World

In a world where the concepts of family, marriage, love, science, religion, and loyalty no longer exists, a character who has parents become the marginalized when entering into the Brave New World. In the book Brave New World, Huxley juxtaposes two worlds into one setting, where the Savage Reservation coexists with the civilized Brave NewContinue reading “Brave New World”

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“Love”

 Good literature challenges expectations, preexisting norms, and grand paradigms that people have taken granted for; it defies conformation and refuses to be blind to human emotions and experiences; good literature experiments with the human conditions and ultimately brings more wisdom to the human world than anything else can. Brazilian author Clarice Lispector’s story “Love,” withContinue reading ““Love””

A new way to see the world–The Three Ecologies

Guatarri’s The Three Ecologies relentlessly and poignantly challenges our simple conception of ecology. It creates a multi-dimensioinal definition of the concept, expanding the scope to now encompass mental ecology, social ecology, and of course, environmental ecology, with an ecosophical perspective on our conception of subjectivity. In fact, Guatarri completely denounces the clear-cut definitions separating ecologyContinue reading “A new way to see the world–The Three Ecologies”

The Awakening: the faults of idealism

In one part of the novel The Awakening, Chopin writes down the classic line—“the bird that would soar about the level plain of tradition and prejudice must have strong wings.” Like the bird, the protagonist in the novel Edna Pontellier holds “an ideal view of the world”; and like the bird, the character aspires toContinue reading “The Awakening: the faults of idealism”

Psychoanalysis of Racism–Black Skin, White Masks

Psychoanalysis of Racism: book review of Black Skin, White Masks There are many ways to dissect and dismantle racism, and Fanon chooses psychoanalysis in his nonfiction Black Skin, White Masks, a book that explores the realm of Black people’s consciousness when white people enter it and imposes a hierarchy of racial superiority and inferiority. IContinue reading “Psychoanalysis of Racism–Black Skin, White Masks”

The civilized and the barbarians: the formation of an oppressive system

The civilized and the barbarians: the formation of an oppressive system –book review of Waiting for the Barbarians On the first day of the Student Diversity Leadership Conference, the family group spent the bulk of the session discussing the system of oppression, linking our understanding and experiences to the larger system that justifies injustice, violence,Continue reading “The civilized and the barbarians: the formation of an oppressive system”

The metaphorical meanings of borders in Borderlands–Borderlands

The metaphorical meanings of borders in Borderlands –book review of Borderlands Unlike countless traditional literature and academic essays about the physical US-Mexico borders and the crossing experiences, Anzaldúa’s Borderlands explores the meanings behind such physical borders—including the psychological, cultural, spiritual, and even sexual implications behind obvious frontiers that separate two nations. Spanning from personal anecdotesContinue reading “The metaphorical meanings of borders in Borderlands–Borderlands”

A story that heals under its dark and depressing guise–The Ballad of the Sad Cafe

A story that heals under its dark and depressing guise –book review of The Ballad of the Sad Cafe When I first finished reading The Ballad of the Safe Café, there were many things that I did not understand. I knew immediately that the book reads like William Faulkner’s A Rose for Emily, another classicContinue reading “A story that heals under its dark and depressing guise–The Ballad of the Sad Cafe”

An Antiracist “Handbook”

How to Be an Antiracist is a “handbook” that combines memoir, storytelling, rhetoric, and persuasion on the same page. It is a book that realistically yet hopefully offers concrete solutions to the problems of racism. It is a book that tackles one of the most pressing issues of current society from a historical, theoretical, practical,Continue reading “An Antiracist “Handbook””

A story of historical horror and human resilience–Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl

A story of historical horror and human resilience –book review of Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl I have always wanted to read this book but never had a chance to pick it up until recently, when I came across some research about the Holocaust and WWII. Even though I am now fourContinue reading “A story of historical horror and human resilience–Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl”