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A Day of Remembrance

March, 2009
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  Though the weather was bone-chillingly cold, the warmth from the crowd spread from throughout as we eagerly waited the new president’s arrival.
  It was truly a memorable moment for me to be standing amidst the people of this nation sharing the same hopes and expectations for the coming America. Standing here waiting to witness history [...]

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Whether a Beggar or King, You Can Choose Who You Are

March, 2009
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Basketball legends. Hollywood stars. Influential politicians. When faced with fame, can you live without the expensive Chihuahuas and flamboyant makeup artists? Truthfully though, who cares?

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Bottled by Lack of Water

November, 2008
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Most people cannot imagine life without running water: no flush toilets, no showers, and no convenient way to wash dishes, do the laundry, or even wipe the kitchen table.
I began my second YEP (Yunnan Education Project) Interim this year eager to donate a week’s worth of toil and sweat to the village. I was proud [...]

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Jade on the Beijing Olympics

September, 2008
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During one of the great wars, it is said that on Christmas day the soldiers declared a truce. They decided to play football, instead of fight, and shared pictures of their loved ones back home, with the ‘enemy’. This sort of comradery, is at the heart of the Olympic Games.

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The Aftershocks that Shook the Hearts of Us

July, 2008
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On May 12th 2008 at 2.28PM in Wenchuan County, Sichuan Province, the earth began to shake. So mercilessly it shook that in three short minutes houses crumbled to dust, schools were reduced to rubble and lives were lost forever. Even thousands of miles away in Shanghai, those in high-rise buildings felt the tremors. Though [...]

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High School in a Taxi

July, 2008
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Four years ago, with knots in my stomach, I left my hometown of Vancouver, Canada and I arrived in this unknown place, called Shanghai.
I was no stranger to travel but had never lived internationally before. I left everything that was familiar to me to embark on this new adventure. I went to school, made new [...]

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A Cultural Bombardment & A Consequent Betterment

June, 2008
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I have attended five different schools in four different countries, and have spent my entire high school life internationally. I lived in Indonesia for a year when I was seven, but returned to Australia until I was eleven. In 2001, I was informed that my family was moving to Singapore; I was horrified.

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The Traveling Poet

March, 2007
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To Karmia Cao, like many other international school children, life is defined by movement.

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A Letter from China

April, 2006
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Dear Berta, Back from Yunnan, and I don’t know where to begin. How could I possibly explain to you a place that is nothing like anywhere I have ever been before? I’ll start with the people, especially the teenagers. Their personalities match the weather there. They are open, and fun and quick …

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Growing with Roots & Shoots

April, 2006
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Walking to the front of the room, my palms were sweating… I was about to give a speech in front of eighty people at a special fund-raiser for the Jane Goodall Institute in China. Standing next to me was a woman I truly admire: Dr. Jane Goodall, the founder of Root & Shoots. …

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A Trip Down ISB Lane

April, 2006
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I started attending ISB as a five-year-old midway through kindergarten. Today, twenty years later, I still have vivid memories of my time in China, and most include ISB in some way, shape or form.

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