I was excited to to visit a local Foxconn manufacturing facility, which offered a glimpse into the world of heavy industry (and related policy issues) that helped draw me toward coming to China.
When we insist on shared values and universal human experiences, we erase these productive differences and cripple the potential for equitable collaboration.
Everyone I have met at Kunshan, staff and students alike, has been extremely helpful, sympathetic, and generous. I couldn’t have navigated the past week without that generosity, and that is humbling.
I am the first Durham MEM student set to participate in what will hopefully grow into a strong reciprocal exchange with Duke’s sister school in Kunshan, China.
For Rose Abejero, a poet and environmentalist, livelihoods are not only the cause of destruction but the reason for protection. She’s just one example of the many perspectives that have reshaped my own this summer.
Although untouched remains a myth and pristine has ceased to exist, the remote stunning nature of the African wilderness is what draws people near and far. The ubiquity of plastic is not something new.
With environmental news perpetually disheartening, the tragedy that struck Cape Town filled me not with discouragement nor worry, but rather hope.