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Getting a Seat on the Subway Has Been the Most Golden Part About This Week

In The Art of Travel Fall 2017, 5. Politics, Shanghai by Brooke1 Comment

As I elbow my way through a throng of people, practically get pushed down the stairs just to barely make it on to the overflowing subway and have my nose touching the glass window, I knew it was Golden Week in Shanghai. Golden Week begins on October 1st and it’s to celebrate the founding of the People’s Republic of China, …

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A Hopeful Future

In The Art of Travel Fall 2017, 5. Politics, Shanghai by Rachel1 Comment

In my Chinese class, I learned that the Chinese language doesn’t use gendered pronouns. Instead, the word ta refers to he/him and she/her pronouns. According to The Economist, it was sometimes hard to tell if 9th century Chinese love poetry, during the Golden Age of Chinese literature, was directed towards men or women. Currently in mainland China, homosexuality is no …

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The Great Wave

In The Art of Travel Fall 2017, 5. Politics, Berlin by Ashley Jankowski1 Comment

As a journalism student, I am often confronted with the question of whether or not to cover something or someone. The debate in New York City newsrooms typically centered around Donald Trump’s tweeting habits; here in Germany, I find that the the question shifts towards coverage about the newly established Parliamentary presence of the Alternative for Germany, or AfD. The …

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Dónde Está Santiago Maldonado

In The Art of Travel Fall 2017, 5. Politics, Buenos Aires by Kiana1 Comment

“History has a way of repeating itself.” No. The progression of time doesn’t make the same mistakes, people do. Governments do. An increasing gap in understanding between opaque leadership and a furious public perpetuates itself, but the day the inflictors take responsibility is the day these patterns are broken. Today, we find Argentina in the midst of this blame game. …

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How will France be?

In The Art of Travel Fall 2017, 5. Politics, Paris by Howard1 Comment

Started from the Enlightenment, figures such as Jean-Jacques Rousseau argued that individual rights could be guaranteed “only by a “social contract” among the citizens, thus suggesting the need for a formal constitution, which at the time neither the English nor the French had”. (Censer and Hunt, 35) Rousseau’s concept of “general will” simultaneously provided the origins of democracy and the …

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Vote Yes

In The Art of Travel Fall 2017, 5. Politics, Sydney by Falynn1 Comment

Since the day I entered Sydney, I heard talk on the news, radio, in restaurants, anywhere and everywhere about Australia’s Marriage Equality Postal Survey. At the moment, same-sex marriage is still illegal in Australia. This definitely surprises me, considering that the areas of Australia that I have seen or heard of are relatively laid back and socially progressive. Also, there …

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Tomio Okamura: Racist Czech-Japanese Politician who claims he can’t be racist

In The Art of Travel Fall 2017, 5. Politics, Prague by Maria Alejandra1 Comment

I will not deny the fact that a part of me decided to study abroad again to escape Trump’s U.S. It was not long before I found out that—surprise surprise—Czech politics are not all that great either. The rise of conservative, right-wing, parties and politicians seems to be a universal phenomenon. I first learned this the hard way in Paris. …

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Windows As Eyes To The Soul

In The Art of Travel Fall 2017, 4. The Spirit of Place, Florence by sabeenaLeave a Comment

“The landscape always fools us, and I imagine always will.” – Lawrence Durell Trying to picture what Italy is like is a constant battle to push stereotypes out. Pasta, pizza, gelato, wine … Of course, there’s the infamous Cinque Terre houses, bright and perched upon the Ligurian Sea. What is it about these little houses, villages full of only four …