All posts tagged: Jaziimun

Music: 一萬個小時,宇宙人 (Cosmospeople)

Album Song List:  1.往前 2.那你呢 3.一萬小時 4.沒感覺 5.真實朋友 6.成名15秒 7.淹沒 8.不孤島 9.兩人雨天 10.寂寞之上 11.日常練習 It’s a little late, since this album was released in mid-June 2015. But since we’re at the cusp of the new year, and this whole album is about beginnings, endings and dreams, I thought it’d be appropriate to enjoy and share this now. [不孤島] 不孤島 was the first song I encountered in the album. Additionally, I clicked on it at perhaps 2AM in the morning, which is exactly the time of day this song is most appropriate for. The 張力 of their music is really wonderful, and I feel that they spend a lot of time thinking about the ways in which their music can interact with other mediums. This MV is an absolute dream to watch, particularly if you hold a nostalgic attachment to those crisscrossing aerial freeways that weave across so much of Asia. [一萬個小時] It takes 10,000 hours to become a master at something. Sometimes I think about professional musicians and the hard work they put in. Especially …

Shelf Life: Goliath

I could subtitle this book, “in which white space has never hurt more”, and it would still be an apt description of what the book could be about. This slim little graphic novel packs an immense visual and narrative punch, riffing off the famous biblical story of David and Goliath. Gauld takes the viewpoint of Goliath, rendering him a gentle giant who works in the Philistine army, mostly doing administration and paperwork. His massive size, however, is utilized by the army, and he is sent to keep watch for and face off against the yet unknown, enemy champion. Gauld uses this beautiful sketch aesthetic and monochrome palette to tell the story, featuring stick figures, minimal settings with clean lines, and a straightforward dialogue. It is when Gauld enlarges his panels to switch into Goliath’s perspective that you catch yourself as you are sucked into the snowballing narrative. Goliath himself never says much, we mostly see him moving in and out of frames, between his mundane army tasks, and toward his famous and impending death that is …

The 1/2 MA Post – An Index of Thoughts

It always takes long to come to what you have to say, you have to sweep this stretch of land up around your feet and point to the signs, pleat whole histories with pins in your mouth and guess at the fall of words. – Dionne Brand, Land to Light On Currently curled in an indent into a drowsy between-semester ball. This semester flew by and yet it seems like I’ve been back in school for ages. The amount of reading I’ve had to do over the last four months stretches the distance between me as I stand now, and me as I walked into this degree. As promised in the 1/4 post, here is a halfway check-in. — More than ever, I feel disinclined to stay in the academy after this is all over. As my peers rush to complete PhD applications, apply for internal and external funding, or try to cobble together something that sounds like a worthy research proposal, I check in with myself again and again to ask, “Hey, how are …

Decolonizing Faith: My Humanities Self in the (Chinese) Church

Name 5 Black theologians you’ve read, or 3 Asian theologians … or 2 female theologians … or 1 Indigenous theologian? If you are able to answer these in full capacity, please leave your answers in the comments so we can trade notes. Two weeks ago, I wrote about Identifying Chinese Christian in the Secular Humanities, and it was a step for me toward a sort of peace with my position in the humanities. It was an attempt to push back at the way humanities enjoys whitewashing the church. They aren’t the only ones though. We love to whitewash within the church too. Church History is grossly white. The culture-makers of our church: worship leaders, thinkers, professors, theologians, pastors continue to be male-dominant, white-dominant, and white-inheriting. The metaphors that flood our worship music are white culture context. The theology that we consider “universal” and “true” is white. More insidiously, we are obsessed with church traditions that have become irrevocably intertwined with the rise of Western domination, and the dissemination of Western normative thought through disgusting legacies such as …

Identifying Chinese Christian in the Secular Humanities

I don’t remember the exact moment in my first year of university where I realized it was not okay to be a Christian in the Humanities. Perhaps it was more of a slow awakening through situations where I heard in increasing occurrences a strong contempt, and intolerance for a faith that shaped my identity. Regardless, I knew it soon enough from the way my professors talked about Christianity with a slight sarcasm, or as a way to throw a joke. I also knew it from the open negativity that my classmates performed in reaction. Prior to coming to Toronto, I had never seen my Christianity in the political, and historical contexts that shaped these opinions. In fact, I remember seeing the Jesus parade for the first time in Toronto, and being completely baffled at the sight of the person dressed as Jesus dragging a cross around Queen’s Park. My childhood was spent crawling under chairs in a Singapore Brethren church, and tiny little house churches in Suzhou, China, occasionally fellowshipping with Chinese Christians who worshipped in secret. In Hong Kong …