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  • When safety is taken for granted (Login Required)

    Most people don't have the luxury of taking their safety for granted, wherever they live. Most people haven't grown up with enough privilege for the world be sanitized to them. I have, and I acknowledge that.

  • Interrogating the idea of "studying abroad" (Login Required)

    Do we assume the existence of a dominant narrative here? Are we more likely to think of someone like Josh spending six weeks in Amsterdam and four weeks in Germany, or someone like Jessica backpacking for a semester throughout Asia? Do we assume that studying abroad is done primarily by the relatively wealthy, the cis-gender, the light skinned?

  • A chance to redeem ourselves (Login Required)

    This is in part because I got to live so close to the animals that I practically felt like an animal myself. Wild dogs ran right through camp, and hyenas, hornbills, baboons and vervets were constantly trying to steal our food.

  • The "Classic American college student" study abroad (Login Required)

    Asian Americans and diasporic Taiwanese are already perceived as perpetual foreigners wherever we go, whether it be in the United States or Asia. Even on an American study abroad to another country, American minorities are not recognized as “Americans.”

  • Navigating unfamiliar instiutions in a South African airport (Login Required)

    Yes, I should learn my lesson. But overpacking seems to just be in my blood, and I have to accept it. And more eagerly than ever before, I passed over my credit card to pay the fine.

  • The role of a liberal arts college (Login Required)

    Colleges and institutions that have shied away from making "moral claims" in the past must stop and assert their position.

  • You actually have to be responsible now (Login Required)

    The livelihood of more than 300 million individuals rests in part on your power, and problems can no longer be solved by you making casual rape jokes. And if they can actually be solved doing that, then buy me the next one-way flight to somewhere far away from this unfortunate land.

  • The "ultimate deal" is not one state (Login Required)

    Wait a second, for Israel? Didn’t he just appoint David Friedman, a settlement supporter so hardline he makes the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) seem dovish, to be the U.S. ambassador to Israel? Isn’t this just giving Prime Minister Netanyahu’s right-wing government what they’ve wanted? Well, in the short term, yes. But the long-term implications of U.S. support for Israeli annexation of the West Bank (something Friedman has publicly floated) run counter to the interests of all parties involved.

  • Feeling disenfranchised (Login Required)

    I am very upset with the election result, but I would still have been disappointed with Clinton as president. I was not convinced by either presidential candidate; neither of them won my vote.

  • The unseen bearers of Trump's legacy of hate (Login Required)

    Donald Trump seems to bring the worst out in those that listen to him.

  • The dangers of living in divided America

    Reconciling a divided America (Login Required)

    This is dangerous. Without any contact, it is easy to create an image of the ‘other.’

  • The sound of a clarion call (Login Required)

    For all its power and might, striving for the apex of perfection, it was still an imperfect country of imperfect people, run by imperfect people.