Hospital Visits + ‘White’ Privilege(?)
I don’t worry about wearing a hoodie, or driving, or being perceived as threatening or dangerous, simply by my existence. Being Asian-American, I experience a different kind of racism. The “wow, your English is really good” racism, the “you’re not really American – what are you really?” racism, the “you must be so good at math”, “teach me Chinese. Ching chang chong – what did...Comments 4
Happy International Women’s Day!
As you know, my work revolves around women’s empowerment and girls’ education. I always knew I had a deep appreciation for women. My mom was superwoman. Now that she’s gone, however, I’ve begun to realize that many of the traits I admired in her are present in most women. Women really are super freaking incredible.
What? A pregnant 10yr old?
I talk about how important education is, and how it’s a key that opens any door you want, how self-esteem is not needing anyone (especially men) to give you approval, to tell you you’re beautiful or important (because you already are), and how independence, financial, emotional and intellectual independence, allows you to make any decision you want about your body, your future and your...
Officially a Peace Corps Volunteer!
An quick (picture) update on swearing in, becoming an official volunteer, and my first couple of weeks at site! More coming this week!
Pre-Service Training (so far) in pictures!
Cultural Cooking Day I killed a chicken. Swift, clean, and (hopefully) painless(ish). Elainey did a fabulous job holding the chicken still. (; This is said chicken and me before said kill. Chicken insides – there were eggs that we retrieved from the chicken! This is my language class! I’m learning Rumanyo/RuKwangali. From left: Mo, Danny, Dana, me and Shirrita (missing Amanda). We’ll all...
I joined Peace Corps!
I realized I never wrote an entry about Peace Corps! Since my Costa Rica trip, I’ve since left my job and traveled to the Philippines and Ghana (to, hopefully, be covered in later entries), but now I’m living in Namibia for the next 2.5 years as a Community Economic Development Volunteer. I’m very lucky to have been able to travel as much as I...
11 Essential Items to Bring to the Amazon Jungle
I just came back from a week long trip to the Amazon Jungle (via Iquitos, Peru)! I'll go over my itinerary in a later post, but I did everything from jungle trekking, to fishing for piranhas, swimming in the Yapata/Amazon River, to hanging out with the locals and participating in an Ayahuasca ceremony. Below are 11 items that I think were essentials on my trip,...
The Land of a Thousand Smiles — Chiang Mai, Thailand (Day 1)
In the 9 weeks that we’re in India, we’ve received one 4-day weekend off to travel and/or relax and of course, I chose travel (which relaxes me) so it all worked out. I was joined by 5 other co-workers for a jam-packed weekend of culture, delicious foods, wild personalities, and gut-wrenching adventure..literally! We arrived Saturday morning, July 26 to the Chiang Mai airport and...