Floating Villages, Sinking Feelings

IMG_2703Out of all the activities I had planned for myself on my 5 day adventure in Cambodia, one that I was especially looking forward to was visiting a floating village along Tonle Sap Lake. In my head I envisioned weather-worn bamboo huts skirting the edges of the water, boats that have seen better days sputtering by from time to time, and people living in tune with nature. That’s what I was expecting, and it’s pretty close to what I found. But what I wasn’t prepared for was to feel like the biggest, guiltiest voyeur ever.

Fighting to Live: The Korean People’s Solidarity Against Poverty

On August 29th, the KEEP 2014 delegation and the International Strategy Center Policy and Research Coordinator Song, Dae-Han met with Kim, Yoon Young, the General Secretary for the Korean People’s Solidarity Against Poverty to learn about their anti-poverty struggles. The Korean People’s Solidarity Against Poverty is composed of 46 organizations including labor unions such as the Korean Confederation of Trade Union and organizations for evictees, community members, street vendors, single room occupancy tenants, and the homeless. They do consultations, advocacy, and solidarity work directly with the poor and with anti-poverty and homeless organizations. They are currently fighting to abolish the family obligation system and reform the basic standard of living guarantee.

Read more http://www.iscenter.or.kr/bbs/bbs/board.php?bo_table=current&wr_id=79

Strength and Struggle

Origins Of Poverty

In Luang Prabang, Laos.

[So I'm almost finished writing this book about how I first hated but later came to like living in Korea, and I recently took out the following expository bit, which takes place during my first jaunt into Southeast Asia, because I thought it interrupted the flow of the story, although after a second reading I'm thinking that I might put it back inside. This length excerpt comes just after I gave a slice of pizza to a homeless boy in Vientiane, Laos]

English Mania Grips World


Like it or not, English is sweeping across the world. Some say English is a tool used by America and England to “colonize” the world. Others see it as the dawn of a new era when people from around the globe will have a common language to promote cultural understanding and solve some of the world’s biggest problems like poverty, disease, and war.

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