Tag: identity

Jaelen Guerrant: Mixedness in Japan: expansion or rejection of National identity

“She may be half of us but is she really one of us”. Mixed race people in Asian countries often have a split in how are they approached and perceived in their home county. They can be seen as almost mistakes in the ethnic purity of a country as in Japan’s example with pro tennis player, Naomi Osaka. Osaka who… Read more →

The Kurds: Stranded without a Nation

The Kurds are the fourth largest ethnic group in the Middle East, with estimates somewhere between 36 million and 45 million people, but exist without a nation (IKP). The Kurds were not granted their own nation state in the post World War I division of the Ottoman Empire, leaving them separated across Turkey, Syria, Iraq, and Iran (BBC). Despite their geographic… Read more →

The Rohingya Refugee Crisis: A Brief History – Muntaqa Zaman

The Rohingya are an ethnic minority of Muslims native to Myanmar, originally from the northwestern region known as the Rakhine state. The crisis refers to the persecution of the Rohingya by the Myanmar government and their forced mass exodus to the neighboring country of Bangladesh since 2015. This conflict is not recent, however, and here we examine a brief historical… Read more →

Cultural Genocide of Uyghurs in China

In Xinjiang, China, the Cultural Revolution never really ended. Uyghurs, a minority Muslim group in Xinjiang, and other Muslims are being detained and put into what human rights groups call “modern day concentration camps”. Chinese officials call these places of mass detention, torture, and mistreatment “education and vocation centers”.  Inmates learn lessons in “law and culture, Mandarin, and skills like… Read more →