Friendship Park, at first, was a happy, hopeful place. You could see people holding hands across the border, attempting hugs. Families picnicking, children playing, soccer games. I haven’t been there in years. For a long time, as border politics have become clouded and cartel effects dangerous … [Read more...] about Border Feelings
So sad the Border See-Saws were only able to be installed for one day.
AND, what an instructive cross-boundary event it was anyway! Only a few actually participated in it and many only for a few seconds. Yet, that day and long after on the Internet, many reacted to it with glee. The joy and laughter elicited support this serious effort to show not tell the effect a … [Read more...] about So sad the Border See-Saws were only able to be installed for one day.
A new U.S.-Mexico border? At the Venice Biennale, imagining a binational region called MEXUS
Hard to believe, in the US 2018 social political environment that the US - Mexico border made it into theVenice Biennale. It is featured in the U.S. Pavilion’s official exhibition, “Dimensions of Citizenship,” at this year’s Venice Architecture Biennale, May 26, 2018 – Nov 25, … [Read more...] about A new U.S.-Mexico border? At the Venice Biennale, imagining a binational region called MEXUS
A Living Breathing Border Person: El Paso’s Mayor Dee Margo
In my work I define a border perspective as one that has these three main characteristics: Comfort with ambiguity Passion for synergy Accepting of multiple worldviews During a recent interview (link at end of this blog) El Paso Mayor Dee Margo perfectly exemplified the unique … [Read more...] about A Living Breathing Border Person: El Paso’s Mayor Dee Margo
Borderless Music? Listen to Toot Ard
As a border person I’m always intrigued by everything about borders, including the music created by this borderless group. “TootArd (Arabic for strawberries) is a “mountain rock reggae” band from the majestic mountainside (Mount Hermon) village of Majdal Shams in the occupied Syrian Golan Heights. … [Read more...] about Borderless Music? Listen to Toot Ard
Women Forge Peace along the Kyrgyz and Tajik Border
Women Forge Peace along the Kyrgyz and Tajik Border Even though this is a relatively new border, it is an open border where people easily maintain connections. I have heard border people the world over express these same sentiments: “We are very close friends,” says Avezova. “When I need … [Read more...] about Women Forge Peace along the Kyrgyz and Tajik Border
Un Packing Your Ethnic Identities
Excited to tell you about interview Lourdes Garcia Navarro did with Joanna Hausmann about being bicultural. Both women are far more than bicultural and show comfort with moving between ethnicities and cultures. Lourdes uses her backgrounds to provide sensitively cultural reporting. Joanna, as a … [Read more...] about Un Packing Your Ethnic Identities
Who gives YOU permission to choose your ethnicity or ethnicities?
Who gives you permission to choose your ethnic identity? What a great opportunity Ms. Rachel Dolezal gives me to explore my thoughts about this question. If you are an Adult Third Culture Kid (ATCK) or an adolescent TCK*you’ve acquired at least two ethnicities. … [Read more...] about Who gives YOU permission to choose your ethnicity or ethnicities?