A Multiversal Adventure in Decolonising Education: Everything Everywhere All at Once





tropical Asia, film analysis, decolonising education, playful pedagogies, Eastern philosophy, quantum physics, multiverse adventure


This article is a conceptual creative piece, drawing a parallel between the themes of the 2022 cinematic work Everything Everywhere All at Once (EEAAO) and decolonising education. Initially, I examine the career trajectories of the film's two leading protagonists, both of whom originally hail from tropical Southeast Asia, expounding upon Asian media representation and juxtaposing their personal narratives with the discourse surrounding decoloniality, inclusivity, and diversity. Secondly, through a close analysis of key scenes and motifs, I highlight the film's relevance to debates around decolonisation, including the need to challenge dominant narratives, recognise diverse perspectives, and acknowledge the intersectionality of identity and experience. Thirdly, I suggest incorporating playful pedagogies and praxes that draw inspiration from the imaginative ingenuity of EEAAO as a means of overcoming the continuing ramifications of colonialism and Western-centrism within education. By positioning the film as a catalyst, I hope to contribute to broader efforts to decolonise and transform the structures, systems, and practices that shape our social fabric. This paper is a valuable resource for educators aiming to connect Eastern philosophies, quantum physics, and decolonising approaches to teaching and learning with adolescent learners, using the themes of interconnectedness, multiverses, and collective action.

Author Biography

Sheng-Hsiang Lance Peng, University of Cambridge, UK

Sheng-Hsiang Lance Peng has a background rooted in Taiwan, where he was raised and educated. His journey began at NCUE, where he earned a BA Secondary Education Major in English and had the opportunity to work as a high school English teacher for a short period. Later, he relocated to the UK to pursue postgraduate degrees. He attended the University of Warwick, focusing on drama education, and he is currently enrolled in a PhD programme in education at the University of Cambridge's Faculty of Education.


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How to Cite

Peng, S.-H. L. (2023). A Multiversal Adventure in Decolonising Education: Everything Everywhere All at Once. ETropic: Electronic Journal of Studies in the Tropics, 22(2), 239–268. https://doi.org/10.25120/etropic.22.2.2023.3956