Rosie the Riveter by Sarah Kow

Garbed in blue workman’s uniform and a bright red bandanna, Rosie the Riveter has been adopted as a symbol of the feminist movement due to its empowerment of women. First conceptualized in World War II, Rosie was originally intended to draw women who otherwise shied from the industrial scene – ranging from high school graduates…

What Makes Elites Elitist? : Performing Elitism in Educational Narratives by Feng Zheyi

Meritocracy is often cited as a main tenet, perhaps even an untouchable guiding principle of the Singaporean Education system. However, Tan (2008: 23) argues that meritocracy is inherently contradictory, and inevitably leads to some sort of institutionalised political elitism, which he contends breeds ‘resentment and friction’. He further warns against a ‘politics of alienation, resentment,…

Convert or Converted: Negotiating Agency and Identity in Narratives of Transformational Experience by Wen Yuxin

Playing with “Conversion”: Agency and Identity Negotiation in Narratives Narratives are a pervasive form through which we verbalize and construct our own and others’ experience. Inspired by Schiffrin’s classical analogy of “narrative as self-portrait” (Schiffrin 1996), the main interest of this research is to explore how people may employ narratives as a resource to negotiate…

Hideously Beautiful, Beautifully Hideous by Lai Yingchen

Bald and toothless with a cleft palate, 27-year-old Melanie Gaydos (Figure 1) is an internationally recognized model (BBC). Gaydos, a Connecticut native, was born with ectodermal dysplasia, a rare genetic disorder that thwarts the growth of her teeth, nails, pores, cartilage and bones (James 2015). Growing up, Gaydos had been ostracized and bullied because of…

Contributors/Process Notes

Gorgias’ Inexplicable Confidence in Encomium of Helen / Goh Choon Kang Philip ________________________________________________________ Goh Choon Kang Philip, who is majoring in Applied Mathematics, wrote this paper for Mark Brantner’s class Civic Discourse in a Fractious World.   Writer’s Comments   It is, I think, intuitively obvious to most readers of Encomium that something fishy is…

Action that Never Was: Discord Between Filmic Representations of the Singapore Police and Reality

Lan Yingjie   The main commercial produced for the Singapore Police Force’s (SPF) recruitment effort in 2011 begins with a menacing pistol-wielding kidnapper threatening to harm his defenseless female victim, who is tied up at the wrists and dangling from the ceiling (Singapore Police Force). As the narrator’s stoic voiceover informs the viewer “when hope…