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AuthorJasmine Koria

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April 10, 2017

On Black Being a Colour “I do wanna talk about that stuff…” — Oscar Kightley I believe that art has the most extraordinary power to liberate. This is why, for a long time, I’ve been sceptical of the type of West Papua stories that paint the natives as lost causes, and their independence movement as […]

April 3, 2017

Person: “Oh, so you’re from the islands?” Me: “Yep!” Person: “Wow, you speak really well! No, honestly! Your English is really good!” I’ve had this conversation ten trillion times — I’ve counted. I’d like to make it known that I’ve had more conversations like this with islanders than with palagi people I’ve met. The fact […]

March 20, 2017

You said I was “third world” When I couldn’t spell right And you shipped me your left-over mutton flaps To say “congrats on your plight!” You said I was different And then asked me what the difference was You proceeded to pity me when I shrugged, “just because…”   You said I was “third world” […]