Language Death in Action

Language Death in Action

Glimpsing the Dying Heart of Humanity In the middle of the wedding, my friend’s grandma, a short, stocky, but strong aboriginal Taiwanese woman in her 80s, went up on stage. She grabbed the microphone and, after a short introduction in Mandarin, the dominant...
A Cancer of the Heart: Bali

A Cancer of the Heart: Bali

It often seems that at least 90% of foreign tourists only step into one part of Indonesia – Bali, the formally Hindu majority paradise just to the east of Java. But by the time I finally took the ferry across the narrow waterway between the two islands, I’d...
An Unexpected Asian Wedding Tour

An Unexpected Asian Wedding Tour

When dreams come true, they no longer seem like dreams. For me to imagine that, when I first took an airplane abroad alone, to Paris, that I had no friends anywhere in Europe or Asia. Now, years later, many, if not most, of my friends are abroad. Which means I’m...