The future shouldn’t be nine to five

For several weeks now, university students have been searching for summer jobs, hoping to find something that will pay well enough to cover next year’s tuition. Finding the money to finish a degree is a mere precursor to a dilemma many students face upon graduation: how to parlay said degree into a viable, long-term career.… Continue reading The future shouldn’t be nine to five

You can’t depend on the media–trust me

It is likely that the war in Iraq will begin before this paper hits the stands, and as such, we the viewers will be able to watch coverage from the front lines on TV. The journalists, however, will be “embedded” with American troops, meaning that they eat, sleep and travel with soldiers and therefore only… Continue reading You can’t depend on the media–trust me

Inherent need for superiority fuels reality TV

Poor Reality TV. Sure, you’re popular, but it seems like no one has anything good to say about you. When people confess to watching you, they use a hushed tone as if divulging a shameful secret. You have been accused of being stupid, dumb and cheesy, pandering to the lowest common denominator, and setting feminism… Continue reading Inherent need for superiority fuels reality TV

Censoring poetic dissent in the US

Does poetry have any place in the political arena? Late last month, First Lady Laura Bush cancelled a Feb. 12 poetry symposium at the White House when some poets planned to turn it into an anti-war protest. Among the protesters are Washington-based poet and publisher Sam Hamill, who declined his invitation and encouraged the poets… Continue reading Censoring poetic dissent in the US

Being Chinese Canadian often means feeling torn between two cultures–but that’s not necessarily a bad thing

Every Chinese New Year, I realize to what extent my identity is in a state of flux. Last year, I watched Toronto residents celebrate the New Year on TV, explaining to reporters the symbolism of the food eaten, the lion dance, and so on and so on. To my dismay, many of the facts were… Continue reading Being Chinese Canadian often means feeling torn between two cultures–but that’s not necessarily a bad thing

Laughing about drinking and driving

Thank you, Gordon Campbell, for driving this country to drink. Well, maybe that’s a bit of an exaggeration. But ever since the British Columbian premier soundly failed a breathalyzer test after being pulled over in Hawaii almost two weeks ago, Canadians have had booze on the brain. Among other questions, they’ve pondered just how much… Continue reading Laughing about drinking and driving