My Interview On ESLauthority.com, A Great Resource For Teaching Abroad

I’m guessing most of you have considered (or have) traveled abroad. I’m also guessing many of you (or someone you know) has considered (or has) lived abroad. The prospect of doing so can be fraught with excitement and concern. How can I leave my family, friends, and home? Will it be uncomfortable living in an unfamiliar…
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Boyang Captures China

Boyang’s back.  We introduced him here on The Periphery over the winter. On those occasions, we got to see through Boyang’s lens the Asian islands Japan and Taiwan.  This time, we tour the mainland of Asia’s defining country: China. The following are Boyang’s photos and observations from various regions and settings in China in 2015.  *** The first things that…
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Video: Talking Travel Adventures On 1180 KCKQ Reno, Nevada

Last Monday I was a guest on the “Peel Off Labels” radio program, on air from Reno, Nevada. Host Paul Malikowski interviewed me–I was in St. Paul–about my experiences in China, Tanzania, and the American South. We discussed the origins of these adventures, highlights from them, and the projects I have coming up. Enjoy it below.…
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The World Evolves Around You / My Story About The Hmong In Minnesota In This Sunday’s Star Tribune

On a sunny Saturday in the summer of 2010, I walked a few blocks from my apartment in Minneapolis to the Loring Park Art Fair. Dozens of exhibitors showed their sculptures, paintings, and more to the scores of neighborhood folks walking about. One exhibitor’s work caught my eye. He displayed his black and white photographs…
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Ayla Travels The World, Part 8: Beijing And New Friends

After Tanzania, Ayla flew to The East. Beijing. For about a week, she soaked in the usual–and the unusual–of China. The Great Wall? A Temple? You bet. But also scorpions on a stick and a police trolley car.  It’s China. Expect the unexpected.  One more pleasant surprise for Ayla was how many great friends she made–young adults from all…
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For Father’s Day: Photos Of Fatherhood Around The World

In May we looked at mothers. Now we look at the other side of the coin, the yang to the yin, the rock to the water. The world seems a series of dichotomous complements, and now on Father’s Day we look at the other half of the greatest pairing of all.  As evident in the photos and from…
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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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Five Ways Cultures Can Learn From Each Other: A Presentation

*This Saturday I’ll be a panelist at Global China Connection’s Midwest Conference taking place at the University of Minnesota Humphrey School of Public Affairs. Titled “Global Leadership,” the conference’s aim is to “build a platform to get students more involved, early in their college life, in the real world outside college.” It’s an all-day event with speakers from…
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In 2016 I Want To Feature Your Travel Story

I met one woman from Duluth who now lives in Ecuador. I met a husband and wife in Fargo whose work had taken them throughout the Middle East and Africa. I met a man from Brainerd who recently took his children to Iceland. And an old friend from Pennington was once hosted by a wealthy Chilean down in the Andes. These…
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Happy New Year! (and Chinese New Year)

This is the fourth and final in a series about celebrating the holidays in China. The following excerpt is taken from my book, Life Learned Abroad: Lessons on Humanity from China. *** One week after Christmas came the New Year—the Western New Year, that is. On December 31, I went out with some students to one of…
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