Plan A Presents: The Rebel Minority

My millionth sincere attempt to become “the worst minority ot all time”, The Rebel Minority is my monthly column. Published on the first Wednesday of every month, I perform countercultural analyses of various societal and lifestyle phenomena in a sometimes light, sometimes serious tone. The goal of this column is to break the veneer of respectability that has long surrounded the existence of Asians in the West and bring my own honest intersectional diasporic Asian perspective to various issues of our chaotic Burning 20s.

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This column is published in Plan A Magazine, a political Asian American publication that focuses on exploring issues relevant to the Asian diaspora from around the world and on radical movement building for justice.

UBI: A New Form of Artistic Patronage?

Artistic labour has always been traditionally devalued and exploited, and now this reality is more stark than ever. On September 19, 2020, as part of the International Basic Income Week, I attended an informational gathering organized by Revenu de Base Québec at Espace Lafontaine to spread the word on UBI. The main purpose of the gathering was to disseminate information about the concept, which is still not widely understood in Montreal. I spoke to multiple activists, researchers and community organizers that were present to shed light on this policy and explore its potential to transform the artistic workplace.

This article was featured in Culture Pledge, a new media project that aims to reduce barriers of access into the arts & culture industries.

Culture Pledge: Sharing the Arts Crowdfunding Story

The art world has traditionally been elitist and inaccessible to many artists as well as many art enthusiasts from marginalized backgrounds. This inaccessiblity has recently sparked discussions in the mainstream about representation and diversity in the arts, and many are trying to figure out the best way forward. As a regular contributor to Culture Pledge, I write pieces on how crowdfunding can be a powerful tool used to accomplish these goals. I have written on topics as diverse as the effect of the 2020 Beirut explosion on the local arts community, online art platforms, and Black artists working with AI to dismantle systemic racism.

Read all my Culture Pledge work here.

Navigating Capitalist Mandates of Happiness and Collectivist Fears of Shame

Using some of my own experiences with university applications, I analyze North American and Asian cultural frameworks with regards to dealing with failure. I perform an intersectional societal analysis to explore how failure is dealt with in a capitalist society that relies on exploitation to function and compare it to a collectivist society that requires absolute uniformity of expression in all its members to function. Then I conclude with how both approaches have shortcomings, and how the only way out is through claiming a staple of immigrant life: agency.

This article was featured in Plan A Magazine, a political Asian American publication that focuses on exploring issues relevant to the Asian diaspora from around the world and on radical movement building for justice.

Raving Asians Make the Bass Drop: The New Rave Culture

As part of an investigation into the cultural phenomenon of raves within the Asian diaspora, I talked to Asians in the United States, Canada and Australia to learn about their experiences in the subculture and investigate the reasons behind their popularity. Young Asian ravers, experienced Asian ravers who have been in the scene for decades and industry insiders have shared with me their rave memories, their reasons for being involved, the sense of community they have found and their ways of resisting.

This article was featured in Plan A Magazine, a political Asian American publication that focuses on exploring issues relevant to the Asian diaspora from around the world and on radical movement building for justice.