Steven Zhou

Steven Zhou is a writer and journalist based in Toronto, Canada. Read his work at www.zhoujournal.wordpress.com and follow him on Twitter at @stevenzzhou


Steven Zhou is a writer and journalist based in Toronto, Canada. Read his work at www.zhoujournal.wordpress.com and follow him on Twitter at @stevenzzhou



ARTICLES BY Steven Zhou



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Pankaj Mishra’s eloquent anger

Much has been made about how the rise of right-wing demagoguery today has roots in the sociopolitical aberrations of 20t


Much has been made about how the rise of right-wing demagoguery today has roots in the sociopolitical aberrations of 20th-century fascism, a tragic detour in Western modernity’s supposedly gradual road of infinite progress. This is much too truncated an analogy for Pankaj Mishra, a London-based Indian writer whose new book, Age of Anger: A History […]

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Chinese nativism and its consequences

There’s an overall tendency in world politics to think and promote the idea that increasing globalization will eventua


There’s an overall tendency in world politics to think and promote the idea that increasing globalization will eventually result in enough international unity to permanently marginalize nationalist sentiment. Yet this is an assumption that conflates different categories of the human experience, which is divided between the individual and civilization itself. Civilizations may be globalizing through […]

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Our politicians are playing with forces they don’t fully comprehend

The crisis of modern democracy isn’t right-wing demagoguery or extremist populism. Those are surface symptoms of an un


The crisis of modern democracy isn’t right-wing demagoguery or extremist populism. Those are surface symptoms of an underlying problem — one that has to do with the very cornerstone of participatory politics: knowledge. Without this pre-requisite ingredient, nothing works. This is, at least partially, why Donald Trump is where he is now, and it’s mostly […]

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Perspective: The Muslims Now Have No Choice but to Organize

A society’s capacity to move forward during dark times is dependent upon its ability to foresee, and thus grapple, wit


A society’s capacity to move forward during dark times is dependent upon its ability to foresee, and thus grapple, with the worst possible outcome of a political process. This is why it’s been difficult for so many of us minorities in the U.S. and elsewhere to move on from the shellshock of Donald Trump’s victory. […]

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Social Media and Semantics: On Bill Clinton’s One-Liner

One line toward the end of Bill Clinton’s DNC speech last night caught the attention of a lot of Muslims worldwide. Be


One line toward the end of Bill Clinton’s DNC speech last night caught the attention of a lot of Muslims worldwide. Between urging Hispanic Americans and Black Americans to vote for his wife, Hillary Clinton, to be the next POTUS, Bill Clinton said: “If you’re a Muslim and you love America and freedom and you […]

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The communal implications of Omar Mateen’s self-loathing

Corroborating accounts have surfaced regarding Orlando gunman Omar Mateen’s habit of frequenting the same gay club in


Corroborating accounts have surfaced regarding Orlando gunman Omar Mateen’s habit of frequenting the same gay club in which he killed 49 people on Sunday morning. Such revelations add another dimension to the still-surfacing portrait of Mateen, who was shot and killed by Orlando police right after his rampage. Those who knew Mateen say that he […]

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Azealia Banks, reputation, and the wild world of popular opinion

It’s probably a given truism by now that, in the current era, Muslims around the world should try and influence popula


It’s probably a given truism by now that, in the current era, Muslims around the world should try and influence popular culture in a way that dispels Islamophobic misconceptions and narratives. It’s a compelling argument since popular culture shapes so much of our thinking and sensitivities about each other, primarily through its power to tell […]

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The Violent Reputation of Religious Conservatism

The dual tyrannies of the “Islamic State” group (ISIS) and Bashar Assad’s blood-soaked Syria have converged to cre


The dual tyrannies of the “Islamic State” group (ISIS) and Bashar Assad’s blood-soaked Syria have converged to create one of the most urgent refugee crises of modern times. Those fleeing terror, war or despotism have by-and-large been portrayed with a significant degree of collective sympathy by the West, itself familiar with the deep trauma of […]

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India and Pakistan’s Nuclear Rivalry

The United States-led war on terror has cast an all-encompassing shadow over the Indian subcontinent over the past 15 ye


The United States-led war on terror has cast an all-encompassing shadow over the Indian subcontinent over the past 15 years, and has in some ways redefined the age-old rivalries in the region with the language and logic of defeating world terrorism. But as the U.S. drew down its forces in Afghanistan after more than a decade of […]

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Fear, Loathing, and Misinformation in San Bernardino

Those paying attention could pretty much read the minds of Western Muslims as police in California’s San Bernardino Co


Those paying attention could pretty much read the minds of Western Muslims as police in California’s San Bernardino County chased after two shooters who killed 14 people (injuring 17) at a community center servicing the disabled. “Please God, don’t let them be Muslim,” was undoubtedly what many innocent people were thinking as they waited for […]