Your arrival here at KR could indicate that:
- You are curious:
- You feel drawn to new places and new stories;
- You trust us:
- You know we showcase an impressive new generation of international thinkers; OR
- You work here:
- You have impeccable taste in extra-curricular activities.
However you may have come to visit our humble project, you will find that the articles you read, the media you enjoy, and the website that holds it all together are the products of student volunteers. With nothing more than interest, ambition, grit, and unfettered ability, students have pulled together their meagre off-cuts of spare time to build this platform. Kosciuszko Review as you now see it is, in a most authentic sense, a student-led initiative.
The students that have come together to make KR — ‘our people’, as I often affectionately refer to them — have impressed me at every turn. Our two content editors are working tirelessly to facilitate the stream of articles we all now have the pleasure of browsing. The writers themselves — all 14 staff-writers, as well as other sporadic contributors — have displayed an inspiring appetite for international story-telling, through both personal reflection and analytical assessment. Our PR and Social Media director makes sure you know we exist and how to reach us, while our AV and Media team plots a course for KR Media, an offshoot of KR where freedom of expression can take new forms. It has taken thousands of volunteer hours to get here, and while I know these incredible volunteers have been learning and growing with the nascent organisation, their commitment continues to amaze me each day.
Let us remember where we came from, and to whom we owe our success: thank you to the volunteers of KR.
Without any further ado, I would like to share with you my favourite picks for the month of May. If you don’t know where to get started on KR, or you’re not sure what you should read to stay informed in our content-saturated world, I would highly recommend starting with the following:
1. Racism: remember? – by Alexis Mays
Frankly, this article exemplifies why we launched KR. Alexis has penned a calm yet stirring account of how racism has impacted her journey as a young African-American woman in Australia. I recommend this very highly.
2. China – by Andrea Mya Riboust
The ‘worlds biggest autocracy’ may get bad reviews in most western media, but with open-minded maturity Andrea defies the conventional and takes a look at the world from China’s perspective. This article is the first in Andrea’s new publication series, Foreign Perspectives.
3. Israeli Politics of Conflict – by Samuel Kramer
It may take you slightly longer to read through fully, but the beauty of Sam Kramer’s piece is that it is so packed with incredible detail that every paragraph is a revelation of its own. If you’ve got some time, make a coffee and read this mindblowing analysis of the roots of Israeli nationalism.
4. America – by Tony Wu
If you’ve never read anything by Tony Wu, try this piece about the philosophical and religious history of ‘the American Dream’. Adding to Tony’s utterly jaw-dropping narrative voice, this article presents a fascinating observation about the fantasy behind American hope. It departs stylistically from other KR articles: for creative and thoughtful introspection, skip the analysis section and read something — anything — by Tony Wu.
5. The Election – by Ellen Storey
I couldn’t possibly count how many times this topic has come up in my day-to-day conversations this May. Everyone is asking the same question: “what will happen with the US election in light of COVID?” Ellen’s enlightening answer is not only factually sound, but it’s also easily recounted second-hand: thank you, Ellen — being ‘in the know’ has never felt so easy.