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Derek Chauvin was convicted of George Floyd’s murder. Not only was justice served, but a global movement with the aim of greater visibility and tolerance towards black lives proved it will not be silenced. Floyd’s calamitous murder stirred people all over the world, so let me tell you a bit about how I came to be so proud of my blackness in the past year or so, and what I think this conviction means.

Last summer, I read a book called Afropean, by Johnny Pitts. Pitts is a black, British author who grew up in Sheffield. …


Identity disjuncture. It’s a topic explored exhaustively in the academic world, but often overlooked is people’s everyday excavations. The disconnect that people of mixed heritage face is a sharp, dissecting sword that can sever. We need to talk more about this topic, even if it only affects a small number of people.

Between 3–4% of the UK’s population are registered as mixed-race, and less than 1% specifically as ‘Mixed White Black-Caribbean’, which is the official label the British government likes to foist on the brow of people like me. Growing up, I never really thought about the fact that I…


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Migration can’t be pinned down to a handful of factors. The process requires so many agents and actors, that it is befuddling. In East Asia, migration remains a complex issue. The legacies of the former Japanese Empire, transnational marriage markets and the search for supposed capital overseas are all salient elements of the migratory process.

In the West, debate centred around migration is commonplace. But what is conjured in our imagination when we, ‘civilised westerners’ hear this word, is usually a harrowing journey. …


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In China today, the continuous, intra-provincial exodus of migrants constitutes the largest flow of moving bodies in the world. Under Mao, Chinese citizens were bound to their danwei, or work unit, which ensured that people worked close to their place of birth.

Along with the restructuring of this, and the loosening of state-sponsored migration after the 1980s, migratory flows have never been busier in China. Yet gender is often overlooked in this debate. Let’s take a look at how China’s enormous migration population, colloquially known as the liu dong ren kou, impacts the lives of Chinese women.

Remember when I…


Actually, I was just an intern. But that doesn’t detract from what I’m about to tell you…

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In 2018, I started one of the most exciting ventures of my young adult life: an internship at Shanghai’s biggest lifestyle magazine. As someone with a huge passion for food and cooking, it was a dream come true.

China is known all over the world for its centuries, if not millennia of civilised cooking and eating habits. Really, when I try to compare it to what I know of British food culture, it’s humiliating.

And so, interning in the world’s biggest, and perhaps…


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Since the outbreak of the novel coronavirus in Hubei Province’s capital, Wuhan, the fatal pandemic has engendered panic and a halt of normality across the globe. In some regions, we are finally beginning to see the long-awaited return to life as we once knew it. Other places remain severely constrained by the ongoing turbulence of Covid-19.

My home of the UK has recently begun to re-open hospitality venues, and after a brutal and emotionally taxing third national lockdown, it seems that we are finally glimpsing the prophesied light at the end of the tunnel. The slow pivot to a semblance…


Xinjiang Province has been a part of China for over a century now. First named Xinjiang in the Qing Dynasty, it continued to remain under Chinese rule after the Republic of China took over in 1912. Today, it is one of the People’s Republic of China’s five autonomous regions, along with Tibet, Guangxi, Inner Mongolia and Ningxia. Choice of the word autonomous has always been problematic in this debate (the Chinese term is zizhi, literally translating to self-governance) as it’s quite the misnomer.

The so-called autonomous regions of China all have large ethnic minority populations: Tibetans, Mongols, Turkic Muslims, Zhuang…


High school can be a nightmare at the best of times. Plenty of us look back on those years and shudder. I used to once upon time, but now, the trauma and scars have healed. Let me tell you about my high-school experience growing up black, gay and fat in the north of England.

When my personal journey with yoga and meditation began, nobody spoke about mindfulness. It hadn’t penetrated the common parlance of British private schools. In fact, I don’t think many of my peers at high school had ever thought about yoga much. …

Tommy Gough

Linguist with an MSc in Chinese Studies. I live in North London, where I am writing a fantasy series and managing my vegan food Instagram.

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