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The High Life

In Art of Travel Spring 2016, Shanghai, Borders by Daniella2 Comments

China, Shanghai in particular, exists within a culture shaped by hierarchy. Familial relations are hierarchical in a way that is far more culturally substantial than in the West, as are social relations, however what is so intriguing to me is the way that I’ve found that the tiered social structure of Shanghai perfectly matches the urban construction of the city. Last night …

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Mi dispiace

In Art of Travel Spring 2016, Paris, Borders by Olivia Hoffman2 Comments

Languages intrigue me. Respecting a culture and immersing myself in a culture are both very important elements to me when I travel to new places. The main reason I love learning languages is because I can really become a part of the culture in a way many other visitors can’t. I love knowing French and Spanish to a point where …

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Siesta Time

In Art of Travel Spring 2016, Prague, Borders by AngelLeave a Comment

“I can’t wait to go to Barcelona, I love Spanish time.” “Spanish time? Isn’t it the same time zone as Prague?” “Yeah, but their schedules are different. They have siesta time after lunch and they don’t usually eat dinner until 10 PM.” That was the first time I had heard about the concept of siesta time. In my head, I …

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Thinking Australian

In Art of Travel Spring 2016, Sydney, Borders by Lydia CapLeave a Comment

My favorite part about being abroad is that there are so many interesting things happening at home right now, and I love the perspective that Australian news/pop culture takes on these events. It’s fun to play pretend and observe my home culture from afar; it forces me to reevaluate how I define my American-ness. Every time Australians hear my accent, …

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The Laowai

In Art of Travel Spring 2016, Shanghai, Borders by Matthew G1 Comment

Being in China makes me think about my ethnic identity in a new and confusing way.  Having grown up as a Caucasian-American, I lived as a majority in my homeland and benefited from benefits and advantages that I earned only by virtue of my skin color.  In China, I am no longer the majority, and it’s a new experience. I …