The Politics of Black Hair

Author: Kelly Musyoka Hair plays a significant role in society because it is an identity marker. Unfortunately, in Western society non-Western ethnic groups are disproportionately marginalised for their appearance. There has been a globalisation of beauty standards with a European hegemony over them. Especially in terms of hair texture and skin complexion, people of African…

Star Wars and the Withering of Democracy

Throughout studying politics and watching political tensions increase and shift over the past few years, I continue to be reminded of this one quote in Episode 3 of the Star Wars saga. “So this is how liberty dies…with thunderous applause.” I find that the sentiments expressed in a galaxy far far away scarily resemble very…

Democracy and Society

Last semester I followed a minor in law, and since then I’ve started to appreciate the concept of democracy a bit more. I learned about the Dutch law system and the Japanese system—among other things. What I came to realize, is that a lot of countries have very different interpretations of democracy because of their…

Buckeye Balls

Buckeye Balls are small balls of chocolate-dipped peanut buttery goodness, which I look forward to every year around Christmas. Mainly, because I am obsessed with peanut butter, but also because it signals that much Christmas baking has taken place. However, buckeye balls are good year-round, so don’t be shy to try them after the season…

Kaiserschmarren

This sweet type of shredded pancake is a classic dessert from Austria that goes well with powdered sugar (strongly recommended) and cranberry compote (optional). The recipe serves a total of 3 people and the total cooking time is 40 minutes. Ingredients: 3 eggs20 grams of sugar1 pinch of salt100 grams of wheat flour (sifted)1/2 teaspoon…

A Simple Bulgogi

Bulgogi (불고기, bool-goh-gee) is an extremely popular dish, originating from the Korean Peninsula during the Goguryeo era.  Interestingly, it was mainly served to the wealthy Korean royalty due to the fact that beef was quite expensive back then. Its meat generally needs to be marinated in a special BBQ sauce mixture for a day, however, there…