Childhood Memories, Lifelong Dreams

[Bigyan Babu Regmi] I grew up in a small village in Nepal. There was an on-going Maoist insurgency in Nepal during the first eight years of my childhood. The insurgency lasted for ten years (1996-2006) and ended with the dethronement of the monarchy and the advent of republic democracy. Maoist soldiers were mostly late teens…

For all those who actually want to help Haiti

[Krystelle Rocourt] “Haiti, the poorest nation in the western hemisphere.” Chances are you’ve read this cliché recently if you have followed even slightly Haiti’s recovery efforts in the wake of the destruction brought by category 4 hurricane Matthew on October 4th. According to these media sources Haiti is little more than an unfortunate country that…

Learning about Home, Away from Home

[Krystelle Rocourt] The international media has long presented a distorted image of Haiti, one that leaves out the multiplicity of our people, exoticizes our culture, and depicts poverty as universal, without context or history. Haiti is labeled the poorest nation in the Western Hemisphere, a country teeming with chaos and suffering, the eternal recipient of…

Where Are You From?

[Shanen Ganapathee] I was born and raised in Mauritius, a small island off the coast of Madagascar, once home to the now-extinct Dodo bird. That was the exact description I used all the way through O-week when I was asked where I came from. My friends learned it by heart and would mouth it at…

Growing Singapore

[Ruici Ong] When I think about agriculture, the images that come to mind are not those of my country. In neighboring Malaysia, I remember being safely strapped into the backseat as my father drove our deep-purple Honda Civic past the hectares and hectares of palm oil plantations. When we lived on the 21st floor, my…

Letters from North Korea

[Elaine Pak] With North Korea, one of the five remaining Communist countries in the world, at its border, South Koreans have developed a particularly sensitive attitude towards anything that evokes the idea of Communism. I grew up in a typically conservative South Korean household in which family dinners oftentimes ended with “no-Communist-activities” preaches from my…

Dig Deeper

[Letter from the editors] We wanted to dig deeper. Deeper than delicious food, intricate costumes, traditional dance, and lyrical songs – elements that we’ve known to represent culture, but felt were somehow incomplete. Sitting at the Bostock Library bridge, we realized that we wanted to dig deeper. One of us had published an article about…