I’ve been sitting on this lightly sarcastic self-proclaimed woker-than-thou syllabus, written by a Frances Lee, for several months now. At a liberal arts college, mostly educated by American professors, heavily inspired by a community leader in a Residential Advisor-type role at the college, and witnessing and quietly resisting social injustice for long myself, I was instinctively attracted to this read. Right from onset, it asks you to think why activism works and when. It seems to recognise the less popular opinion that an act of activism doesn’t inherently assume absolution. It then structures a ten-week program for an imaginary college class that is not dominated by only one kind of outspoken, leftist voice. It prepares you for more perspective than that. In short, the syllabus breaks activism into many of its famous beliefs and practices, and studies whether these encourage the promised good work, or undermine it. Read the rest of this entry »
Anytime I have felt like Googling Korea and cool things to do in Seoul, an army of bloggers have come to the aid, completely blowing my mind away– both by the sheer quantity of them, and the generally very good advice they offer. God bless the internet generation?