After two and half months of living at home with my parents while job hunting and freelancing for The Gainesville Sun, I finally got some good news. A Gannett paper in Monroe, Louisiana was interested in hiring me as a reporter to cover their city beat. I didn't really know what to expect. I'd never… Continue reading When A Florida Gator Meets Louisiana Bayou
Just below the Tian Tan Buddha sits the Po Lin Monastery, originally established by three monks in 1924. Po Lin refers to "precious lotus." The lotus is significant in both Hinduism and Buddhism, as it represents "spontaneous generation" such as in divine birth or spiritual development, according to the Buddha Dharma Education Association. My tour… Continue reading A Seminary Struggles Amid Commercialized Spirituality
Since the guided tour on Day 2 proved to be so informative and productive, I opted for a tour on Day 3 as well, this time to Lantau island, the largest of the islands that comprise Hong Kong. I was keen on visiting Lantau because it plays home to the Tian Tan Buddha and Po… Continue reading Seeking the Buddha’s Blessings
My Splendid Tour guide for the afternoon was a bubbly young woman named Ivy. Speaking to a group of blank faces as the bus wormed through Kowloon to the main island, she chattered on about the island's history and some of the modern construction projects being undertaken today to connect Hong Kong by higher-speed rail… Continue reading City Upon the Sea: Hong Kong
Flickr photo by Matt Callow So everyone's naturally been asking what's different about journalism in India than here in America. Well, for the most part it's the same. There are only some differences I noticed: As I mentioned in an earlier post, there is a clear difference in the way photojournalism is approached. In fact,… Continue reading Black and white and read all over
I've picked up a lot of new terms here in India: biodata, visiting card, "good name" (meaning first name), etc.....but if there's one term that I still can't get over it's "felicitation," which in my mind has come to mean "the arbitrary exchange of mementos and shawls at a highly structured ceremony on stage." At… Continue reading Worth a thousand words?