Greetings from São Paulo! This summer of 2016, I am spending five weeks in the metropolitan city of Brazil to learn about the education of immigrant children, specifically Japanese-Brazilian students who are educated in both countries. São Paulo, as an economic and cultural center, has been a gateway city for immigrants from early times in … More Educating Transnational Japanese-Brazilian Students in Brazil: Teacher’s Perspective and Challenge
Greetings from Jamaica! This summer I completed almost six weeks of field research in Jamaica Because of it’s population size, established Chinese Jamaican business sector, and concentration of Chinese cultural associations, most of my fieldwork was conducted in Kingston—the nation’s capital. I first came to Kingston last summer when I conducted my first round of … More Identity Construction in Chinese Jamaican Communities
This summer, I spent 17 days in Curaçao conducting an investigation on word choice in a creole language, Papiamentu. This language is spoken in the Dutch territories of Curaçao, Aruba, and Bonaire. While researchers classify this language as a Hispanic creole, it is also peppered with Dutch and English contributions because of its history with … More The value of word choice and identity in urban and rural Papiamentu of Curaçao
In Havana, a city that tends to look outward towards the US and Europe rather than inward, there is a palpable anxiety about how it is represented and understood. Everyone asks the same question: Oh! You’re American! What do you think of Cuba? With this question, I have come to understand that people are trying … More Changing the Face of Havana: The First Bienal de Diseño
This Summer I spent six weeks in Santiago, Chile for the first time performing field research regarding the digital curation of historical collections, as well as advanced analytical methodologies that can be applied to these documents for the generation of new knowledge and increased accessibility. Considering the plethora of available documentation pertaining to the 1973 … More An Examination of 20th Century Chilean Government Documents Relating to Covert Neoliberal Policies in Latin America
I came to the capital city of Trinidad and Tobago to conduct preliminary ethnographic fieldwork on rapso music, a genre indigenous to Trinidad that developed out of calypso music and the spoken word tradition. Music of the African Diaspora has long been associated with acts of resistance, often in reaction to the oppressive conditions of … More Greetings from Port of Spain, Trinidad!
I am writing from Guantanamo, Cuba. I have been surprised and delighted to learn that Guantanamo is actually a really beautiful city and not just the home of the U.S. naval base. I spent a week in Havana taking daily dance classes and touring around different areas of the city, but I am so excited … More CultuCUBA: Diasporic Influence through Dance