China Through a Photographer’s Lens

By Kristin Terry I wanted to visit China ever since I was little, to see the Great Wall and the pandas and experience the culture that so many of my friends were apart of. I started learning Mandarin Chinese in high school, and once again felt the desire to visit China, to immerse myself in the…

Discovering the Russian Enigma

By Malayah Redmond, Dialogue of Civilizations When I was searching for dialogues to apply for in the summer of 2017, I knew that I wanted to join a program that would complement my studies and also take me somewhere I had never been before. And given that I had never traveled outside the U.S. before, I…

Grappling with Climate Injustice in Cambodia

Photo by Allason Hsu, ISF Academy Story by Anthony Zunino, Global Co-op What words and images come to mind when we hear the term “climate change”? Sea level rise, smog-choked skies, a polar bear stranded at sea. When discussing climate change, the narrative tends to focus on its geophysical effects, but across the world people are…

Equestrianism: Luxury Sport or Hobby?

By Darshan Hagalahalli Shrinivas, Global Co-op When I first heard about global co-op, I thought I would go to a place where I had never been before, and to meet different people and exchange cultural views. However, my strong love for the place where I grew up led me back to Bangalore. Bangalore, also known…

To Be a Traveler in Your Own Home

Story by Nina Rossiter When we think of study abroad, we often think of going to a place that we’ve never been to before, diving into new experiences and exposing ourselves to new cultures. I, too, had that imagination, but after picking up a Chinese minor, I was led back to China, where I had grown…

The Danger of a Single Story

Story by Connie Dayina “I had never been outside Nigeria. We didn’t have snow, we ate mangoes and we never talked about the weather because there was no need to,” Nigerian writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie said in a 2009 TED talk. “My characters also drank a lot of ginger beer, because the characters in the…

Internet Censorship in China through the lens of a Third- Culture Kid

Story by Helen Wang, wang.hele@husky.neu.edu “Where are you from?” So went the dreaded question of my childhood, asked by a room full of wide-eyed children who had known each other as long as they could remember, as I switched schools every year up until sixth grade. I’m what you might call a third-culture kid; I…

Coming to Terms with My Privilege in India

Story by Rachel Abastillas, abastillas.r@husky.neu.edu When thinking about India, one might imagine vibrant colors, delicious spicy food, crowded streets and the Taj Mahal. My preconceived notions of India before my Social Entrepreneurship in India Dialogue of Civilizations program definitely did not include the complexity of social issues that have been neglected for decades, prior to…

The Co-Op That’s Getting Rid of Landmines

Story and photo by Kuei-Feng Tung |  tung.k@husky.neu.edu  Cambodia is a country in Southeast Asia that shares borders with Vietnam, Laos, and Thailand. The climate there is divided into two seasons: rain, humidity, winds, and sun from November to March, and an even more dramatic incline from April to October. Regardless of the season, tourists…

Inequality Reflection: Mexico, India and the U.S

Story by Pedro Falcon | falcon.p@husky.neu.edu Photo by Madlen Gubernick | gubernick.ma@husky.neu.edu “We reserve the right of admission”, I read on the door of McDonalds as I excitedly walked into the fast food chain on a night in Kolkata. I didn’t really pay attention to the sign, I was craving food and French fries — nothing in…

The Truth About Hill Tribes

Story and photo by Caroline Boschetto | boschetto.c@husky.neu.edu The day that the deafening military helicopter descended upon eight-year old Niti’s Akha village in northern Thailand was the last day that she saw her father for over twenty years. Never having had contact with the people, culture, or technology outside the bounds of her isolated hill tribe,…