At sunset, the streets of Port-au-Prince bustle with activity. It is loud and dusty. Smoke fills the air. Trucks, tap taps and motorcycle taxis roar past in traffic as gas powered generators growl loudly supplying food vendors with a light bulb or two so people can see what they are ordering. Food vendors thrive at … More Tastes of the Sea in Haiti
Greetings from “Belém do Pará”, Brazil! Hey there! I am writing from the Brazilian Amazon where I have conducted a feasibility study since May 23rd when I arrived in Belém, the capital of the Pará state. This is the first fieldwork for my PhD in Environmental Sciences at the IU School of Public and Environmental … More Fighting deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon: environmental policy effects on landowners’ decision-making, and land-use and land-cover change
I spent two months this summer in Brazil’s agricultural powerhouse at the frontier of the Amazon forest, in Northern and Western Mato Grosso state. My objective during this trip was to do a pre-dissertation feasibility study about an elite group of large-scale soybean farmers and corporate groups owning multiple farms ranging from 5,000 to 400,000 … More The decision-making process of large-scale landowners with respect to environmental management practices in Mato Grosso, Brazil.
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