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Andy Starts A Business In China: His List Of The Good And Bad Of Doing So

Starting a business in China. Hmmm. Can a foreigner even do that? The vast majority of people that do this do so with a Chinese business partner. I went down a different route and formed a partnership with a British company that has been active in China for over ten years. Oh okay. Thanks, Andy. Andy…
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My Birthday At Home Sunday–and Those I’ve Had Abroad

Sunday was my birthday. To Americans, this meant a lit-up face from those who found out and them offering a pat on the back. “Hey! Happy birthday!” they said. Why do we do this? Just ’cause. It’s someone’s birthday, and that’s what we do. But this isn’t what people do everywhere. Travel has offered a…
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Andy Decides To Teach English In China–Doesn’t Leave

Andy Navias is an English bloke. (Really, what other kinds of blokes are there?) I had the pleasure of meeting him when I lived in China from 2010-2011. We taught English at the same school. But while I returned to my home country after a year, Andy stuck around and has now opened his own educational…
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Reflection And Respect Toward Motherhood

Something I’ve noticed from my travels is how motherhood is perceived differently from region to region. In Tanzania, being a mother largely defines a woman. She is proud to have many children. This clashes with the lifestyles of Western women I also knew there, who said they would receive funny looks from the local women…
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Marking Mother’s Day: Photos Of Motherhood From Around The World

Motherhood is as ubiquitous to human life as is its meaning and impact impossible to overstate. Maybe that’s why it’s as easy to take our mothers and motherhood for granted as it is to express endlessly to them and upon it. Today, I’ll let some pictures do the talking. Following up last week’s post showing photos of Workers…
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Travel, The Enemy Of Bigotry

“It’s hard to hate someone you’ve met. Travel is the enemy of bigotry.” I heard the above quote a couple of years ago when watching a documentary about two Americans–Denis Belliveau (a wedding photographer) and Francis O’Donnell (a former marine)–who set out on an adventure. These “ordinary” men decided to “retrace Marco Polo’s entire 25,000-mile, land-and-sea…
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Marking May Day: Pictures Of Workers Around The World

In much of the world, May 1 is International Workers Day, “a celebration of labourers and the working classes that is promoted by the international labour movement…” (Don’t let this be confused with May 1 also being known as May Day, a pagan, artsy, springtime festival.) International Workers Day was established in the late 1800s, promoted…
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Be An Individual

Prince’s music didn’t speak to me. Nor did his fashion. But, and to say nothing of his musical ingenuity, he was an original.   That takes courage–especially when one’s originality is in the spotlight.   In an interview, Jerry Seinfeld was once asked about modern comics. He could have responded by listing the ones that…
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A Norwegian In Tanzania: Ayla Visits A Secondary School

From February 20-28, Ayla–by way of mutual acquaintances (and Minnesota’s connections to Scandinavia)–visited the school in Tanzania where I volunteered in 2014. Our organization Change it Forward-Tanzania as well as the leaders at Magulilwa Area Secondary School made arrangements for Ayla’s arrival. The adventurous 20-year-old from Norway came to Magulilwa as part of her global trip…
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What Is Home? A Hmong-American Woman Reflects On The Many Homes She’s Had

Home. What is home? Merriam-Webster’s dictionary gives us two definitions: 1) the place (such as a house or apartment) where a person lives, and 2) a family living together in one building, house, etc. A child in primary school could possibly tell us this, if exposed to the word “home” at an early age. As…
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