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The Spectacle of the Chinese Historical Drama

BY BAILEY HU Flip through the channels on a TV in China, and you might come across something like this: attractive women and men dressed in the elaborate costumes of the Chinese imperial court, speaking in riddles and plotting against each other. On a recent evening in Shenzhen, China, I...

The Changing Eateries of a Changing Cuba

BY ANISA KHANMOHAMED The recent restaurant boom in the Cuban capital city Havana, particularly as it pertains to the emergence of cafeterías and paladares, provides visitors from around the world an honest way to connect with contemporary Cuban culture. These dining spaces, cafeterías catering mainly to typical Cubans using state-prescribed...

Istanbul: A Difficult Question

BY KUTAY ONAYLI Photos courtesy of Önder Kaya.    A perk of coming from Istanbul is that new acquaintances almost always assume you will make an interesting conversation partner. Of course, international students from fascinating places all over the world are accustomed to hearing exclamations when they answer the question “So…where...

Nazim Hikmet: A Loving Revolutionary

BY KUTAY ONAYLI Nazim Hikmet Ran is an imposing figure for the aspiring Turkish poet: more than fifty years after his death, his country still remembers him as a literary giant who managed to defy convention yet invent a poetic voice rich in its ties to tradition. His body of...