Hollywood whitewashing marginalises people of colour

Legendary Pictures provoked outrage when the trailer for the upcoming film The Great Wall was released. Despite the film taking place in eleventh century China the protagonist, portrayed by Matt Damon, is white. The Guardian published an article by Julie Carrie Wong titled “Asian Americans decry ‘whitewashed’ Great Wall film starring Matt Damon”. Wong called the film “the latest example of Hollywood putting a white person in a role that should go to a person of colour”.

This is not an isolated incident of a production casting a white person in a role available or even better suited for a person of colour. A substantial amount of films have come under criticism recently for whitewashing, including films such as Gods of Egypt (February 2016), and Doctor Strange (November 2016).

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School and university: Whats the difference?


University is not high school. In fact, the two are not similar at all.

No matter how early you get to your lectures, you may still find yourself sitting on the floor for 50 minutes. Even the lecture halls that accommodate approximately 800 students will not always have enough seats for the number of students who show up to a lecture. Hardly anyone will know who you are, and the friends you plan to sit next to may get lost in the crowd.

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Stress and the Student Body


Stress is defined as a state of mental or emotional strain that results from demanding circumstances. University is demanding, but it can be rewarding and is structured so that students are able to meet its demands.

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An introvert’s guide to UP

For students who are uncomfortable in crowds and crave quiet spaces, university can be daunting. However, there are ways to make the hustle and bustle of campus more bearable.

If you have a choice between an early class and a later one, always choose the early one. The strain of an early morning is worth it as campus is always quiet at 7:30. Not only will there be no crowds, but your class will likely have fewer people in it and lecturers often arrive early to 7:30s, allowing a few minutes of consultation time without making an appointment. Office hours and consultation times are your friend. If you have a question or don’t understand something during a lecture, accept that you’re not going to put your hand up in front of 400 other students and rather request an appointment to ask the lecturer privately.

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Get involved with UP societies


Joining a society is a great way to get a break from your academics. With over 100 societies registered at the university, there is certainly something for everyone.

Pledge a Pad is a student-led society, and a registered non-profit organisation. Their mission is to provide sanitary towels to disadvantaged women and to educate women about the menstrual cycle and the importance of hygiene. They have an office on UP’s Hatfield Campus, Prospect Street, in the Ou Kantoortjie Building, Room 1-6.

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