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2018 retrospective

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If 2017 was the year of travel, 2018 was the year of staying at home. I spent five whole weeks in Europe last year: two in Norway, one in Iceland and two in Spain. This year, I didn’t leave the city even once; but it was a year crowded with incident nonetheless. I continued to […]

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DNA testing & the social construction of race & national identity

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by Pauline Park 23andme tells me I’m Korean, Chinese and Japanese, but in fact, while I was born in Korea, I have no Korean genes or any Chinese or Japanese DNA either; and therein hangs a tale… I came across this curious map (http://brilliantmaps.com/europe-dna-borders/ “If European Borders Were Drawn By DNA Instead of Ethnicity,” 25 […]

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Nancy Pelosi & the LGBT political establishment: the dynamics of community representation in a corrupted political system

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Nancy Pelosi & the LGBT political establishment: the dynamics of community representation in a corrupted political system by Pauline Park After two years of raging against Donald Trump, Democrats retook the House of Representatives in the mid-term elections on 6 November 2018, gaining “a net total of at least 37 seats, 14 more than the […]

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Emmanuel Macron’s preference for Danish Lutherans over recalcitrant Gauls tells us more than one might think…

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Emmanuel Macron’s preference for Danish Lutherans over recalcitrant Gauls tells us more than one might think by Pauline Park Emmanuel Macron won the presidential election in May 2017 in good part because his opponent was the right-wing extremist Marine Le Pen, the candidate of the far right-wing Front National and daughter of the party’s founder, […]

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Cynthia Nixon vs. Andrew Cuomo: vote for the homo not the Cuomo

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    Cynthia Nixon vs. Andrew Cuomo: vote for the homo not the Cuomo by Pauline Park Cynthia Nixon’s challenge to Gov. Andrew Cuomo is generating attention for many reasons, not least because the former “Sex & the City” star brings Hollywood celebrity to what otherwise might be a dull and uncontested re-election campaign by […]

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Israel vs. Palestine: 10 key points about public discourse

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Israel vs. Palestine: 10 key points about public discourse by Pauline Park 1) ‘Israel’ vs. ‘Palestine.’ There are many ways of referring to the land between the Mediterranean and the Jordan River; perhaps the most value-neutral is ‘Israel/Palestine,’ which has the advantage of recognizing the reality that there is in fact now one state in […]