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When Food Speaks

Spending a few hours to eat dinner is not a strange thing in China. This meal is regarded as an indispensable activity necessary for a day to be considered complete. There is an old Chinese saying, which translates literally to: “People regard food as their sky, their god.” This saying...

Mongolian Moments

The soft padding of our footsteps echoes down the staircase behind us. Besides the scuffling of our shoes against linoleum, my host mom and I are silent as we reach the second floor of the school. I take a deep breath and see a short, broad-shouldered man in a collared...

A Foreigner in Familiar Lands

As a child, I felt as though I had two sets of parents. I had my American ones, consisting of my sweet, cute mom and my quiet, reserved dad. Then I had my Chinese ones, consisting of my outgoing, bubbly mom and my witty, boisterous dad. I was amazed by...

Photographing a Mexican Slaughterhouse

As I sat in the taxi, speeding through the winding streets of Oaxaca, Mexico, I thought about my relationship with meat. A spice rubbed filet mignon, a New York Strip with bearnaise sauce, a bacon cheeseburger—all of which greatly increase my quality of life. I’m a firm believer that life...

Cuba: the Tourism Boom and a Shortage of Food

For many tourists traveling to Cuba for the first time, visiting the island’s famous paladares – the Cuban name for the more than 1700 private restaurants that have recently opened up to cater to their appetite – is often talked about as an absolute must. Paladares, in fact, are praised...

Pro-Tips on Traveling in Cuba

So you’re doing it – you are traveling to Cuba, the rapidly evolving 58-year-old socialist state which may soon be another place altogether. I have had the privilege of traveling to Cuba twice and have accumulated several pro tips which may help you out on your next trip. Note: this...

Andrés

The first thing I noticed about Andrés as he led me out to dance in a small café in Santa Clara, Cuba were his hands. Their heavy, rough calluses betrayed his daytime job as a car mechanic. The small hunch at his nape marks a bulge in his spine from...

The Boxer

Though Daniel Jimenez Peres has never left Cuba, he is considered a connoisseur of Puerto Rican reggaeton among his circle of friends. “You’re saying you’ve never heard Ozuna?” he exclaimed, soon after we met in Santa Clara’s Parque Vidal. “But his music is everywhere in the U.S.! It’s so easy...

A Chinese Ghost-Town

Havana’s Chinatown is a site of ghosts. Although at some point it was one of the largest Chinatowns in the Western hemisphere, today, only faded Chinese characters and kitschy decorations remain. Walking through its streets, I am struck not by what I see, but by the absence of what I...