There, on the corner of a grimy street dotted with cigarette butts, stood a woman of my mother’s age. The five-year-old me peered at her face with interest, for there existed a sense of disharmony in her; red lipstick framed her mouth that tightened around a cigarette, while the eyes so elaborately adorned with pastels … More Sex (Industry) in the City
I watched as she pulled her paws to her face. As the thing we call life – was pushed and extracted from her veins. They hung her. And as she screamed to me. As her eyes searched the sky to find that divide. I fell to my knees. I was a coward in the moment … More Lets Fight For Animals 2
The world sees South Korean students as the epitome of intense.With Korea having the highest academics- related teenage suicide rates in the world (as duly noted on World Suicide Prevention Day by the Korea Health Promotion Foundation), it’s not surprising to see many people (especially Westerners) shake their heads at the staggering standards Korean schools … More Korean vs. American Educational System
As we think about policy choices ahead, there will be a strong tendency to focus on the details leading up to Orlando. We don’t know all of [attacker] Omar Mateen’s motivations. What we do know is that rampage murderers use high-volume, rapid-firing guns. A nation cannot design a policy around what it thinks it knows about … More Another Mass Violence
And just like that. The calming of the sea. The passing of the wind in the eye of the storm. The peace that comes, in the moment before the slashing. In the breath, before the falling of the sword. We push through, because there is no choice but to push through. We find strength, even … More Lets Fight For Animals Too
One would think that being a struggling but generally successful new democracy would make it easy to find like-minded allies and build relationships. Not so for Timor-Leste. The country has run into obstacles joining ASEAN, whose rules require members to reach consensus on letting more countries into the club. For all that many ASEAN countries … More East Timor and Democracy
It appalls me to know how little conversation parents have with their children or schools have with their students about sexual consent. It’s about time to stop victim-shaming and teaching women to “cover up” and instead teach our boys the importance of consent and respect.
What are we actually doing when we forgive people, whether that be in law, or in our personal or spiritual lives? This question has literally kept me up at night. I found this Atlantic article an insightful read, though I’m not sure it establishes a common understanding of what we mean when we say someone … More Forgiveness
Saudi Arabia’s king recently made a lot of changes to the political make-up around Saudi Arabia’s key resource: oil. Are these changes substantive or merely symbolic? What do they mean for the country’s future?
These helpful Economist charts break down what Korean reunification would look like, and therefore why it may be less likely, or even less desired, than politicians on both sides would make it seem.