Process Notes by Melvin Soh Chin Aik

When attempting to do a comparative analysis between two sources, it is important to select sources that illuminate different perspectives of an issue. While I initially intended to use videos from the same organization across time, I was unable to find the right sources to show the argument I wanted to make. This led me…

Process Notes by Gladys Khoo Lin Fang

In Dr. Brantner’s WCT class, rhetorical techniques revolving around logos, ethos, and pathos are taught in the context of persuading others. In an attempt to illustrate the usage of various techniques in a more relatable manner, I selected a contemporary parliament speech by NMP Siew, who petitioned for the repeal of Section 377A during a…

Process Notes by Wee Zi Jian

This research paper was the capstone of my WCT module, UWC2101D Narrative in Everyday Life. The writing process behind it essentially comprises 3 main parts: formulating an interesting research question, applying the essay writing skills learnt in class, and finally rewriting it based on comments from peers and Prof Vail. Thinking of an interesting topic…

Process Notes by Poh Yang Rong Matthew

Back in semester 1 of AY14-15, I had the opportunity to take both Technologies of Home in USP and Principles of Property Law in my home faculty. Both these modules explored the seemingly simple concept of ‘home’ in very different, yet profound ways. For my final WCT paper, I wanted to marry what I have…

volume 13 of folio is now online

Hello, This year the folio editorial team chose four essays to publish as part of volume 13 of folio. The essays can be read either by clicking on the blog posts themselves; from the “issues” tab (volume 13, of course); or by simply clicking the links below (and for some reason, to the right). I…

The Bumiputera as a Political Creation: Analysing Malay Identity in a Globalising Malaysia by Terence Tsang

Introduction In the 2013 Malaysian General Elections, the coalition of political parties collectively known as Barisan Nasional (BN), which has ruled politically since Malaysia’s independence, found its rule heavily contested by the opposition coalition Pakatan Rakyat (PR). Within their competing visions laid out to gain the support of the people, one issue that emerged as…

Taiwan’s Bubble Tea Drinking Culture: Extension of Parallel Trends of Homogenization and Heterogenization by Ke Yu

In response to the widespread distribution of America’s consumer goods over the globe, Ritzer, an American sociologist who is most notably known for his contribution towards the concept of McDonaldization, claims “there are powerful homogenizing trends in the world today” (Ritzer 1998: 89) in terms of means of consumption. Yet, he did not deny that…

Hakka Clan Books by Cheong Yu Jia

Memorials are in many cultures and societies an expression of identity and a physical manifestation of the commemoration of shared history. Johnson tells us that the memory of a society is rooted in both “times past” and “places past” (294). A society, in recalling its history, recalls a geography as well, for it is in…