[box]Thanks to your interest in travel sustainability, advocacy, and culture, Shatter the Looking Glass has grown rapidly over the last year. We are thrilled to launch our new series; SLG Perspectives. Our team of expert travelers will share knowledge and stories from the cities and countries they know best. Each Perspective will help unravel the complexity of culture and reveal the many layers that travel imbibes. Rather than provide a “City Guide” or a “Must Do” list — these columns will provide insight and understanding to the most fascinating cities, traditions and people. Cheers to new ways of seeing the world around us. [/box]
Introducing SLG Perspectives:
Anthony Chase: Another Paris
Anthony Chase graduated in Political Science and Islamic Studies from the Residential College at the University of Michigan in April 2012. He now works as a project manager at Bibliothèques Sans Frontières / Libraries Without Borders in Paris. Anthony is interested in the intersection between faith and commerce as it pertains to diversity politics. Consequently, his current research interests center on the economic and financial inclusion of Muslim minorities in Western Europe, with particular emphasis on Islamic finance and banking. Anthony is a Senior Fellow with Humanity in Action and recently participated in A25 Cultural Foundation’s workshop “Diversity on the Other Side of the Wall: Muslims in Sofia” in Sofia, Bulgaria, in May 2012.
Anthony’s Column “Another Paris” will focus on multiculturalism in Paris, and debunking the many layers of culture in the city.
Fragments: Reconstituting a Mozambican Mosaic: Ariel Gandolfo
Ariel Gandolfo is a graduate of Pomona College in 2011, Ariel focused on international relations and foreign policy, history, and economics. Ariel grew up in Seattle, Washington, and has since lived and worked in Peru, Ecuador, Honduras, and Indonesia. He will be serving in the Peace Corps in Mozambique from 2012 to 2014. His column, Fragments, will challenge and deconstruct cultural perceptions of Africa as a homogeneously destitute continent wracked by forces beyond control. Using the unique history and context of Mozambique, and truths that in some cases could be extrapolated to elsewhere on the African continent, the column will use the historical context of Mozambique to share stories about people, communities, and subjectivity from a rapidly changing continent.
Two Bowls of Rice: Jess Watson
Ajumma and Agasshi: Luigina Webb
Luigina Webb is originally Australian but has studied abroad in Israel, the US, and South Korea, where she now works as an interpreter in a Korean trading company. She has traveled to over thirty countries. Luigina owns a large collection of Korean traditional hats and headdresses sourced from all over Korea. You can check out her blog at http://www.luiginakorea.com/ Her column “Ajumma and Agasshi: The Reign of Korean Women” will focus on examining Gender, Society and Culture in Korean daily life.
Pam Ikegami: From the Foreign to the Familiar
Pam Ikegami is a Lecturer in Japanese at University of New Hampshire. She also served as an ESL instructor at Ritsumeikan University and Kanazawa Institute of Technology. She is also a freelance translator, interpreter and cultural consultant. Her column “From the Foreign to Familiar” will mainly be addressing the complexities of being a foreigner in Japan (or other “very foreign” countries) and the importance of learning through observation and engagement. Pam will start by addressing some of the obviously foreign elements of Japan– shoes, public bathing, names– and deeper issues such as definitions of intimacy, family, and community.