A Bridge To The World Will Keep America Afloat

A friend recently sent me a photo of a menu board in front of a London restaurant, but instead of a listing the daily specials, it read, “All Americans must be accompanied by an adult.” I’ve had my fair share of overseas friends share their disappointment and befuddlement with the American people and our recent … Continue reading A Bridge To The World Will Keep America Afloat

How my Trip to Myanmar Inspired Greater Openness to Perspective and Culture

When you look up the word “open” in the dictionary, it is defined as “to allow access and a passage”. After being closed off from my native land for more than 20 years, going back to Burma (also known as Myanmar) with the Open Hands Initiative (OHI) and GlobalPost not only gave me the chance … Continue reading How my Trip to Myanmar Inspired Greater Openness to Perspective and Culture

America, we feel for you: An Egyptian on American politics

It’s October 2011 in Cairo. The whole country is still going through the most tumultuous time in its recent history. A few months back a 30-year-ruling dictator was toppled by a popular revolt. And nothing remained the same afterwards. In the midst of all that, I was juggling multiple freelance video journalism assignments here and there. The … Continue reading America, we feel for you: An Egyptian on American politics

Journeys through Myanmar: Departure Day

On a sunny Sunday morning, the remaining teams of fellows departed on their journeys across Myanmar to uncover the country’s most fascinating stories of transition. One team remains in Yangon, but luckily, have a bright, clear day on which to start their reporting. Another team heads to cover the capitals–starting in the ancient city of … Continue reading Journeys through Myanmar: Departure Day

Off to the Burma Road

On the 4th day of the “Burma Telling Its Own Story” Cultural Exchange and Reporting Fellowship, the fellows had their last formal presentation from a guest speaker, thereby concluding the in-class workshop portion of the program. Dr. Nyo Nyo Thinn, Parliamentarian, is an expert on law and women’s rights and empowerment in Myanmar. Her presentation … Continue reading Off to the Burma Road