Every action is born of experience. The QUO curate stories that will help broaden our understanding of what is happening around us, and inspire action. Based on the lived experiences of our contributors, the stories here cover issues that are at the heart of our development as a community.
Australian media personality and LGBTQIA+ advocate Julie McCrossin reminds us that we must be aware of the prejudices and discriminatory attitudes that exist amongst all of us; no matter how we identify ourselves.
"Amid the gradual deterioration of personal quality accompanied with the rising number of social conflicts in this city, the so-called ‘paradise’ by Hong Kongers has already vanished and become a sole memory to us." Protest artist Anita Lai shows us that in a city where only 0.03 percent of the electorate will be able to vote for the next incoming leader, art speaks louder than words.
Divya interviewed Tanya Jackson-Vaughan, the Executive Director of the Refugee Advice & Casework Service (RACS), on the impact of Immigration Minister Peter Dutton’s October 1 deadline for asylum seekers to apply for protection or face deportation from Australia.
We all know that STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine) fields remain dominated by men, particularly in the higher levels of academia. Samantha Nixon, PhD candidate at the Institute of Molecular Bioscience, talks about spider venoms as treatments for parasitic diseases in plain English.
"We must stop enabling politicians from using the marriage equality debate as a way to quieten our desires for anything more radical. Equality will happen, as a matter of time. But we must ask for more." Divya examines the recent history of the LGBT+ legal reform in Australia, and its precarious future.
"Do I help people relax? Yes I do, but we’re a research-based health profession and we’re doing much more than meets the eye." Our editor sat down with registered music therapist Tanya Marie Silveira to talk about why Australians need to give music therapy the acknowledgement it deserves.
"The reality is that I never know if a guy has swiped right on Tinder because he has read my bio and is genuinely interested because of what I’ve written, or because he’s seen an Asian girl and lights have either consciously or unconsciously gone off in his head." Yen-Rong explores how sexual racism affects her experience of online dating.
“In Pakistan I was paying for very expensive and terrible quality water. I soon found out that even then some 10 percent of the global population doesn't even have the quality of water that I have, and the quality of water I have is pretty bad,” Syed Mansoor's Water Democracy aims to help fight the global clean water crisis with a simple and affordable solution.