Language as a Weapon of Imperialism: A Comparative Case Study Between Canada and Korea

By Laurence Campanella and Joy Kwak “Language is not just a social phenomenon but also a materialized tool that is used to legitimize one’s socioeconomic class, political status, racial and ethnic identities, and gender.”  – Jina E. Kim A close examination of countries who have undergone the painful, often destructive process of imperialism shows that there is no single tactic employed by the colonizer – … Continue reading Language as a Weapon of Imperialism: A Comparative Case Study Between Canada and Korea

Comparative Case Study: Abortion Access in Morocco vs. Missouri

By Maeve Williams When examining the restricted access to reproductive rights in Rabat, Morocco and St. Louis, Missouri, there is a common link: colonialism.  In the era of first world feminism, it seems that double standards feed deeper divisions more often than they cause compassion. The severity of a female’s struggle is too often compared to another female’s, rather than her male counterpart. For example, … Continue reading Comparative Case Study: Abortion Access in Morocco vs. Missouri

The Unity of Lebanon’s October Revolution: Art, Protest, and Social Media

By Adriana Franco International media has been flooded with images of protests in Lebanon that are millions strong, from Lebanon’s southernmost cities of Nabatieyeh and Tyre, to the northernmost city of Tripoli and to the nation’s capital Beirut . This anti-regime movement is largely transnational as well, as solidarity protests have been organized by the Lebanese diaspora across Canada, Europe, and the United States. The … Continue reading The Unity of Lebanon’s October Revolution: Art, Protest, and Social Media

Safari Animals, Nature Hikes and Children: How International Voluntourism Perpetuates the White Savior Complex

By Tess Buckley  On the surface voluntouring seems like an opportunity to do good, but there are many underlying implications and harmful practices that take place and aren’t spoken of. This article will dive into the layers of the business behind “helping people” and the many ways that the white saviour complex is perpetuated. Globalization has increased international voluntourism, which has made the preservation of … Continue reading Safari Animals, Nature Hikes and Children: How International Voluntourism Perpetuates the White Savior Complex

Interview with Xiying Xu

By The Catalyst Editorial Board. Our team organized an interview with Xiying Xu who is currently living in Waterloo about her article “Butterfly(2004) and Hong Kong’s Pro-Democracy Collective Movements” which will be featured in the Spring edition of Chrysalis. In her article, she compares the movie Butterflyto Hong Kong’s Pro-Democracy movements.  Xiying recently graduated from McGill’s English undergraduate program with a focus on Cultural Studies from … Continue reading Interview with Xiying Xu

Contesting Food: A Taste of Persia and the issue of Food Ownership

By Adriana Franco. Former lawyer and cookbook author Naomi Duguid writes in the prologue of her book about a map in her office showing the Persian Empire under emperors Cyrus and Darius, which at the time encompassed not only the Iranian plateau but a great deal of the Caucasian regions. Though at first glance the title of her work leads the average reader to think … Continue reading Contesting Food: A Taste of Persia and the issue of Food Ownership