Not Alone

Guest Article Written by Nicole Colon New Jersey City University I had prepared myself for a lot of things before coming to Malaysia. I thought I had gotten the right products, the right advice, the right books. I had prepared myself for the culture shock, letting things go, going with the flow, and learning new … Continue reading Not Alone

A Birthday Unlike Any Other

Guest Article Written by Tristan Olson Western Washington University, WABirthdays are special in American culture, no matter where you are, but I think being in Malaysia added something that I wasn’t expecting: I was surprised people cared. It sounds weird, because I know people care about me here, but it’s true. Being an ETA, you have … Continue reading A Birthday Unlike Any Other

Satu Malaysia: Rocking Boats and Eating my Way through the Motherland

Guest article by Shaina MackinSeattle Pacific University The girls of SMK Kenering at an after school dance workshop in the canteen Turmeric stained fingertips saturated in gold carry with them evidence of fish curry; I am reminded of my breakfast as I lift marker to whiteboard and find I am, once again, out of ink. … Continue reading Satu Malaysia: Rocking Boats and Eating my Way through the Motherland

It Depends on Your Placement

Guest article by Nathan StaufferUniversity of Pennsylvania It depends on your placement.If you are fortunate enough to be selected as a Fulbright ETA in Malaysia, that phrase will plague your thoughts from the day you receive your grant letter until the second week of in-country orientation. At first, it may excite you because of the exhilarating … Continue reading It Depends on Your Placement

A poem: Two Squares Of Light Cast Out The Window

Guest article by Carlina DuanUniversity of MichiganPoem first presented at a celebration of the 2016 ETA program at the National Library of Malaysia on October 31, 2016.  Carlina and her Form 4 students at the release party of their literary arts anthology, Underneath My Heart (in collaboration with SMK Jengka 16 & 18). One of … Continue reading A poem: Two Squares Of Light Cast Out The Window

Bootstraps and Boleh

Guest article by Alana Deluty College of Wooster Some of Alana's Form 4 students at the ETA led Superteens Teen Empowerment Camp  During orientation, the program coordinators had us read an article Called "Explaining White Privilege to a Broke White Person," an excellent piece by Gina Crosley-Corcoran. This blog post isn't really about white privilege, … Continue reading Bootstraps and Boleh

Processing Blackness

Guest article by Shima St. GermainAgnes Scott CollegeThe history with my race has been an exhausting roller coaster ride. It’s been riddled with questioning, conscious searching for belonging, impostor syndrome, hatred, lack of understanding, and a boat-load of confusion with myself, the world, and everything in between. There was a moment of perceived peace after … Continue reading Processing Blackness

Where the Doors Stay Open

Guest Article by Shayna CitrenbaumPomona College Raya (Eid al-Fitr) is like this: the eighth house of the day all in pink and the whole family matching, pink and shiny, my student with the kind eyes saying “pow pow” and me supplying the word “fireworks,” hearing tambah lagi tambah lagi and Meg's giggle over how much … Continue reading Where the Doors Stay Open

Giraffe

Guest article by Matt Fernandes Syracuse University A couple months ago, I spent a lot of time reading about giraffes. Giraffes in captivity sleep about four hours a day. Wild adult giraffes apparently can sleep in short, restless bursts, only about 5 minutes at a time to lower vulnerability to predators. Many giraffes even stand … Continue reading Giraffe