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CULTURE IS APPROPRIATION

I had hoped to make it through my life without bloating the internet with yet another article on cultural appropriation. But I’m afraid I couldn’t stop myself. Blame Jeremy Lam. You might have heard the story. Somewhere in Utah, an 18-year-old white schoolgirl chose to wear a qipao – a traditional Chinese dress – for her school prom. That, by the way, should have been the end of the story. But along comes Mr Lam, who delivers a pompous Twitter

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EUROPEAN PATRIOTISM ISN’T THE ANSWER

I admit it. I’m a terrible Remainer. Sure, I hung a ‘Vote Remain’ poster in my window. Sure, I made the unprecedented step of discussing politics with my family in order to stress the insanity of voting Leave. And sure, when the United Kingdom (well, England and Wales) did vote to leave the European Union, I fell into a genuine period of mourning for my country and continent. And yet when a march in favour of a final vote on

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NATIONALITY OR NON-EXISTENCE?

The 21st century European is faced with a stark choice: nationality or non-existence. “If you believe you’re a citizen of the world, you’re a citizen of nowhere,” declared Theresa May in 2016. “You don’t understand what the word citizenship means.” The same sentiment is shared by many other politicians – Marine Le Pen and Geert Wilders among the most adamant – who maintain that national identity is an essential part of who we are. As a result, this idea presents a clear

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