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My Favorite Things to Do in Beijing

THIS WAS THE TRIP I LOOKED FORWARD TO THE LEAST. Each time I even uttered the name Beijing, other travelers would gasp and caution me to spend the least time possible in China’s capital city. They warned me about the pollution, the dirt, and the crowds of people. Fortunately, my experience proved them wrong (well..partly…

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Weekend in the Unforgettable Yangshuo

After traveling through several large Chinese cities, I thought I had seen enough of China. I was overwhelmed (and partly underwhelmed) by the pollution, crowded subways, and huge shopping centers stocked with knock-offs which are characteristic of many Chinese cities. Once I stepped foot in Yangshuo, I completely changed my mind. There is so much…

Seeing Beneath What Seems

IT DOESN’T TAKE LONG TO REALIZE THAT SOMETHING IS OFF. The father rambled through dark alleyways believing strangers were his son. The daughter forgot what it felt like to moan. Church members claimed to throw bricks through home windows in the name of The Lord. Yet, rather than dismiss these characters as a group badly…

True Life: My Friend Supports Sex Slavery

    I’VE HEARD TIRADES AGAINST HIM during human trafficking rallies. I read reports about him in newspapers. I know all about this ‘John’—this monster who is consumer of prostitution. John is that guy who occasionally descends from his ladder of privilege and preys on exploited women by paying for sex. I never thought I would…

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The New Jim Crow

“THIS BOOK IS NOT FOR EVERYONE.” It’s not the easy read you were hoping to flip through on the beach. In fact, this book specializes in making you uncomfortable. You can’t help but feel uneasy as you realize that even you have been complicit in the mass incarceration of African-Americans–or as Michelle Alexander terms it–The…