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,…

Earthquake Aftermath for Nepal

Story and photo by Katie Brown | brown.k@husky.neu.edu Tucked away in a remote corner of the world, Nepal is perhaps easy to miss amongst a long list of struggling, underdeveloped nations, especially when looking with American eyes. On the surface, its story is all too familiar: a narrative of political unrest, newfound democracy, and an undereducated,…

Turkish Elections

Story by Audrey Pence | pence.a@husky.neu.edu Photo by Madlen Gubernick | gubernick.ma@husky.neu.edu “Hah-day-pey”, I overheard in the midst of an interview being conducted by my Turkish coworker. We were out getting opinions on the street about the Armenian Genocide for a piece for CNN, but we couldn’t help but wrap up the conversation with a twist to…

War Crimes in South Ossetia

Story by Tim Ballesteros | ballesteros.t@husky.neu.edu Photo by Madlen Gubernick | gubernick.ma@husky.neu.edu Over a quarter-century has passed since the collapse of the Soviet Union, but stability has yet to be attained in all of the former Soviet Bloc countries. A major contention among some of these countries was the decision to align with either the East or…

Mr. China Visits Northeastern

Story by Kristen Montana | Montana.k@husky.neu.edu Jack Perkowski is Mr. China. He is well-known as a successful American businessman and one of the pioneers of foreigners investing over $500 million in China. Perkowski is the founder of ASIMCO Technologies, one of the largest producers of automotive components in China, with more than $500,000 worth of sales….