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Who Are All of These People?

There is no doubt that the world has changed in the past few years due to the unprecedented mass migration. “One in every 122 people in the world is either a refugee, internally displaced person, or seeking asylum.”[i] The refugee crisis has been a distant but prevalent topic of discussion online or between friends and family. Most readers are not the one out of every 122, but are more familiar with other forms of migration. The largest group of individuals are those who have been Internally displaced. Meaning they have fled their home but remain within the borders of their...

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A Modern Culture Obsession

What exactly is at the core of the global ”pop” culture. Millions of people are now working, studying or living abroad. What is being created from the potentially rich and diverse cultural knowledge, taken from these experiences? Does this layout look familiar? Emerging from the web are mass amounts of reproduced tips and advice, created to inspire your future adventures.  The posts designed to give you a better travel experience are taking out some of the elements that make traveling one of the most fulfilling experiences. The uncertainty, spontaneousness and needing to interact with locals. Deep global insight or just...

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Silence, The New Killer?

This Croatian proverb on a diversophy® card reminds us all that the world and its communities need to unite for not only the celebrations but for the tragedies, such as the recent Orlando shootings and the Bastille Day attack in Nice. Acts of violence offer no mercy to age, race or gender. Grief needs to spread across borders, mourning victims as global citizens instead of identifying them by nationality, race or faith. The world and it’s people must take shared responsibility and unite during these times of crisis. I had the opportunity to be a part of a conflict mediation...

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The Gift of Tongues

– Emily Auvinen According to the Endangered Languages project, over 40 percent of the world’s approximate 7,000 languages are at risk of disappearing. This unprecedented speed of language loss means that cultural heritage, the understanding of how humans relate to the world around us; scientific, medical and botanical knowledge; and most importantly, the loss of expression of communities’ humor, love and life, will be soon lost forever.[i] Survival in the globalized world is increasingly dependent on using a common language, such as Mandarin or English, to communicate, do business or even fall in love across borders. The mass extinction of...

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A New Concept of Identity

–Emily Auvinen Each individual embarks on a unique and unmapped journey through life, the distance away from “home” ranges anywhere from a few miles to migrating across the globe. Identity is strongly associated with personal experience and one’s surrounding environment. Deng (1991) proposed, “It is the way individuals and groups define themselves on the basis of race, ethnicity, religion, language and culture”.[i]   I propose that in the world today gender, sexual orientation, politics and social status also play influential roles in the forming of identity. What was previously defined as being “a relatively stable, role-specific understanding and expectation about one's...

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