the mural of brotherhood

June 1, 2019
Mexican-American artist Enrique Chiu has created a mural project for peace along the U.S./Mexico border. Chiu came to the States with his mother when he was 8, and is coordinating a bi-national effort to create an artistic response to Trump’s anti-immigrant politics. He has named it “The Mural of Brotherhood,” and it is filled with […]
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the universal politics of fear

February 21, 2019
I recently visited Hong Kong for the first time. I went there to teach at a university, and before going, I read a CNN article on some of the restrictions Hong Kong is starting to face as China slowly exerts more and more control. According to the article, the University of California school system recently […]
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unity

October 26, 2018
In two to three weeks, the migrant caravan heading towards the U.S. border will stop in a town a half hour away from where I'm living. Right now supplies are being collected by local relief organizations to provide aid and assistance, things like socks, diapers, shoes, toothbrushes, clothing, food, and blankets. Living in close proximity […]
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kindness

July 22, 2018
After my recent excerpt about kindness in Mexico, I’ve decided I will occasionally write about kindness encounters south of the border that impact me ~ if for nothing else, to counter the steady stream of not so kind news... Here is kindness report #2: This hot afternoon I was in a cafe getting a cold […]
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divided times

June 20, 2018
I have been spending a lot more time living in Mexico these past few years, and one of my earliest observations of the culture was how helpful it is. At every turn, if I need assistance with anything, I am always responded to warmly and graciously. This is so often not the experience in the […]
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