This was originally posted on Facebook and Instagram on 19th of July 2020 to commemorate the seventh anniversary of then Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd’s declaration that any asylum seeker attempting to arrive by boat to Australia would never be resettled there.
The time of my secondary school graduation, 1998, still resonates like an earworm song. Early December was crackling with unspoken pressure as this was when final grades were given. They would determine both my tertiary education and employment prospects, and felt like the final arbiter of my existential value. I was reduced to anxious tears as so much hinged on them.
While Melbourne is a beautiful city in parts with a vibrant cultural life, you are always aware that there is a schism that exists. When locals think of Melbourne, there is a tendency to think of the leafy mansions of Kew (which Jack burgled), the trendy cafes of Brunswick, the restaurant strip in Carlton, the bayside suburbs of Elwood and Brighton, and the chic shopping boutiques of Prarhan. However, even when passing through most of these suburbs, you will run into people who have been left behind and discarded.
A variation of this sign has been seen at pro wrestling events over the years, stating that 'if (X Wrestler) wins, we riot'. This version of the sign prophesizes strife that could occur should the climate crisis not be tackled. The result should the world not move be grave for human rights.
There is an irony in me publishing this in the forum that I am. I am aware of that. However, the amount of discussion about lack of privacy online published online makes this disclaimer cliched.
Looking back on my own personal history, this book's topic was something I could definitely relate to.
Sometimes one can be fatalistic and indifferent to the customs, attitudes and processes we encounter in Japan. However, a deeper dive into a lot of it's consumer habits reveals a problem that needs to be urgently addressed against a backdrop of a dying planet.
I wrote this essay as part of an online organizing course I am taking at actbuildchange.com Please go there if you want to get skills to learn how to organize like MLK or Sylvia Pankhurst.
An exchange that I had two years in a row piqued my curiosity. Why was my dining partner so convinced of a Korean takeover of Sydney?
Tales from Humanitarian Bohemia wishes all men, women and children from wherever in this world they are a happy, healthy and contented new year. May we all come together to make a better and more harmonious world.