Jan 092014
 
My Face Is on a Restaurant Advertisement in Africa?!

WHOA! Without my knowledge, I have become the face of a restaurant advertisement in West Africa?!

Late last night I received a shocking message from my friend Alicia, who had been traveling in Africa. “Lillie!” the message read, “Flying down the street in the car on my way to Bojo Beach in Ghana, we passed this sign. I screamed out loud, ‘I KNOW THAT GIRL!’ Are you aware that you are the face [...Read More!]

Aug 052012
 
12 Reasons Belize is a Best Place for Honeymoon Travel

When Colin and I got engaged, we spent months agonizing over which country to travel to for our Honeymoon.

At the last minute (read: two weeks before our epic wedding) I impluse-bought us two cheap plane tickets to Belize, a country I knew very little about. It turns out, Belize was a PERFECT Honeymoon destination for us.

Bop through these 12 reasons why we loved Belize, and see if you might like it, too!

1. Belize [...Read More!]

Feb 262012
 
Michelle: Travel to China as a Chinese-American Student

Article #3 in the Student Travel Stories Series from our tour of Beijing, China. By Michelle, Age 15, 9th Grade in Boston. Born in the U.S. to parents from China.

Q: What was the craziest thing for you, traveling through China as a Chinese-American student?

A: When we got to China, Xiu Na (another Chinese-American BPS student on the trip) and I had the exact faces of Asian Chinese people who live there. So when the Chinese people [...Read More!]

Jan 312012
 
African American History of Boston in a Tour and Timeline

When many people think of Black-White race relations in Boston, they often think of the violent racial battles in the 1970s over forced desegregation of Boston Public Schools through busing.

Either that, or, if they’re not from Boston, they think of the zillion recent Tough White Gangster Boston movies like “The Departed” and ask, “Wait, there are Black people in Boston?”

Guess what, folks? Boston actually has a LONG, RICH African-American History!

I am [...Read More!]

Sep 032011
 
Becoming a Celebrity Just by Being a Foreigner Abroad

Want to feel like a famous celebrity with people racing up to take photos of and with you? With teenage girls giggling hysterically when they see you? With eyes becoming wide with awe as you walk by?

All you have to do is hop on a plane and arrive somewhere where the majority of people look, dress, and act nothing like you!

We forget about this, sometimes, in America.

We forget how racially and ethnically [...Read More!]

Mar 092011
 
Join This Discussion to Uncover the Heart of Bullying!

This article is dedicated to the 150 eighth and tenth grade Boston Public Schools students I have the pleasure of teaching this year.

I figure the odds are pretty good that some of my sweet students sometimes experience the stress that comes with the middle and high school social scene… and so it’s time at last to start unearthing the photos and stories of my OWN skinny self in 8th grade, to [...Read More!]

Dec 142010
 
How to Run a Successful International Penpal Exchange

So you dream of global understanding, connection, and communication. What better way to create this than to have students across the world write letters to one another?

Ahh, the romanticized International Penpal Exchange idea: so beautiful and so grand!

And yet, as those of us who have tried it often soon realize… so full of potential mayhem and chaos!

During the three months I volunteered in Sogakope, Ghana, I helped run the Youth Creating [...Read More!]

Jul 092010
 
Eileen's Article: An Italian Hand on my Korean Arm

Article #5 in the ESL Student Life Stories Project, by Eileen from Korea, age 20.

“Don’t do that!” I screamed.

His hand was on my arm, squeezing and rubbing it.  He replied to me, “Your arms are so soft, I want to touch them!”

His name was Romano and he was from Italy.  I met him the third week after I came to the USA from my home country of Korea, at an English [...Read More!]

Jun 032010
 
Ridiculousness: The U.S. Census and Race

Let’s play a game called “How many ridiculous elements can you find in the 2010 U.S. Census Race form!”  Study the photo above and chuckle.  I’ll start, and you add on.

1.) There is no box at all for Arab or Middle Eastern.

2.) Where do Cape Verdeans (a Portuguese-creole-speaking island off Africa with a big population in Boston) check?

3.) “Negro”???!!!!

4.) Should European “Spaniard” really be under “Latino/Hispanic”?  There are entire college courses [...Read More!]

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