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Editorial

History Months: organise to stop tokenising the marginalised

CW: ableism, anti-Blackness As Disabilities History Month is upon us, it’s important to remember that disabilities justice isn’t just a single month’s thought but an ongoing process where one must challenge wider institutions, including the University of Edinburgh, to stop allowing ableism to be normalised and ingrained in our society. From day-to-day terminology such as […]

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Fringe Theatre

‘Seamless and succinct’: Tokyo Rose review

Tokyo Rose is a seamless, succinct sum-up of Asian-American identity and anti-East Asian racism in the West. It gives off Hamilton vibes, telling the story of an American figure through fast, punchy songs. Rather than the Founding Father though, the musical focuses on the overlooked story of Iva Toguri, a Japanese-American woman unjustly imprisoned for […]

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Fringe Theatre

‘Bittersweet’: Pink House review

On the surface, Pink House is a simple tale of Shira’s family, home and life. But underlying it is complex themes of Jewishness, family, trauma, and loss, spun deftly through a clever script. The play spans across two timelines (past and present), two countries (France and America), and two families that interrupt each other.  Nonetheless, […]

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Fringe Literature

Edinburgh Book Festival: Black European Lives Matter

It’s not often that discussions of black identity come away from US-centric narratives, but Black European Lives Matter does exactly that, by giving an insight into what it means to be Black-British, and more widely, Black-European. All the panellists identify as Black-British: Derek Owusu as a black working-class Londoner; Johnny Pitts a black working-class northerner; […]

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Voices

Angmoh is not like Ch*nk: on being East Asian Transmasc

Content warning: racial slurs, transphobia Discovery and then into the closet: “am I not a girl?” By Shinwoo Kim I read a lot while at an all girls’ high school. There are some stories that you read and forget, but there are others that resonate with you so strongly you remember every detail, and for […]

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TV

WoC in Science Podcast: An Interview with Amisha Abeyawardene

Amisha Abeyawardene is the host for the upcoming Edinburgh-based podcast, Melanin Memos: WoC in Science Podcast, who kindly gave The Student an interview. She is a fourth-year Biology undergraduate student and has been an active member of the BME (Black and Minority Ethnic) community at the University of Edinburgh. She was also one of the […]

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Voices

The University of Edinburgh is ignoring institutional transphobia

Content warning: transmisogyny Definitions: Transgender (Trans): An individual who identifies as a different gender as the one they were assigned at birth Cisgender (Cis): An individual who identifies with the gender they were assigned at birth Transmisogyny: The intersection between transphobia and misogyny against women; this intersection is the name of oppression towards trans women […]