From July, 2019

8 Jeff Bezos quotes – The world’s richest man speaks on success

By: The Millennial Source

Reading Time: 3 minutes You might love Amazon for giving you 24-hour delivery of the toilet paper your roommate was supposed to buy last week, or hate it for driving your cute local supermarket out of business.

Either way, the flagship company of Jeff Bezos has in some way influenced your day-to-day life.
Here’s a brief look at the surprising history of Amazon, along with a peek inside the mind of the man behind the empire:

“The common question that gets asked in business is, ‘why?’ That’s a good question, but an equally valid question is, ‘why not?’”

“We see our customers as invited guests to a party, and we are the hosts. It’s our job every day to make every important aspect of the customer experience a little bit better.”

Responses of NZ & US Youth to Mass Shootings – Myths and National Identity

By: Bennett Siems

Reading Time: 7 minutes After horrendous acts of violence, the youth of both countries took to the streets in different ways – the haka dances of New Zealand students and the angry protests of US teenagers.
A vacuum created by the absence of decisive leadership sucked the youth into the most bitter realms of American politics.
Both forms of public demonstration are rooted in debates over national identity that reach back long before the great grandparents of today’s youth were born.

Go beyond the headlines with us…

– How have national myths divided one society and unified the other?
– How have haka dances and other Maori traditions evolved to embody New Zealand’s national identity and shared strength in the wake of tragedy?
– How do American ideas of freedom feed the strife over gun laws?

5 Common Misbeliefs About Gender Identity (PLUS Why They Matter)

By: The Millennial Source

Reading Time: 4 minutes Gender identity debates and campaigns get a lot of attention from news outlets these days. LBGTQ activists passionately voice their demands for recognition and rights across social media platforms, and critics respond with equal passion.
Sadly, just like with every other current debate, misconceptions abound.

Here is our attempt to puncture the most rapidly spreading gender identity myths:

1) The gender of all human newborns is easy to identify
2) Gender fluidity and non-binary gender are new ideas
3) Gender is a simple matter of XX or XY chromosomes
4) Gender identity is connected to sexual preference
5) Only tomboys and effeminate males resist traditional gender identities

The Millennial Source – Following the Hong Kong protests

By: The Millennial Source

Reading Time: 5 minutes What started as a bottom-up push for the removal of an extradition bill has evolved into something much more significant – a fight for Hong Kong’s future.

This includes a fight for the island’s independence and the removal of Beijing’s ‘puppet’ Carrie Lam – the Chief executive elected by mainland China’s committee for the 7 million Hong-Kongers.

The Millennial Source is covering the ongoing two month protests that show no sign of slowing down anytime soon.

US & New Zealand Leaders React to Mass Shootings – Blame Laying vs They Are Us

By: Bennett Siems

Reading Time: 8 minutes The US, plagued by an epidemic of mass shootings for decades, remains stuck in a bog of political paralysis.
Meanwhile, New Zealand, shocked by this modern evil’s arrival on its shores, springs to action.
Why does the global threat of mass violence so inspiringly unify one country, and so hopelessly divide the other?

Go beyond the headlines with us…

– What were the themes of Prime Minister Ardern’s and President Trump’s responses to the mass shootings?
– How did the youth of the two nations respond?

China attempts to reunify with Taiwan by pressuring global companies

By: The Millennial Source

Reading Time: 4 minutes Consumers will soon start seeing “Taiwan, China”, or a similar phrase, on the websites and marketing materials of most major global corporations.
These companies are being coerced to use this language, fearing harm to their bottom lines if they do not comply.
An Air New Zealand flight bound for Shanghai was forced to turn back because airline documents seemed to refer to Taiwan as a separate country from mainland China.

Go beyond the headlines with us…

– What is the economic significance of mainland’s China’s policy toward businesses?
– What happened to Palau when it refused to sever diplomatic ties with Taiwan?
– Which American companies have been targeted by the mainland Chinese government for suggesting that Taiwan and China are separate countries?
– What does mainland China hope to achieve through these efforts?