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Within An Arm’s Reach

Within An Arm’s Reach

During our trip to Paris a few years ago, while waiting for the subway during rush hour, we paid special attention to a white middle-aged couple. Their relaxing demeanor revealed that they were sight-seeing....

A Greeting Is More Valuable Than A Well Served Dish

Of all the means of communication, language – when used properly – is the most efficient. Eye contact, behavior and attitude can also express thoughts but they are bound to be easily misunderstood. Oftentimes,...
East & West Just A Greeting

East & West Just A Greeting

When hearing a foreigner (mostly travelers) speak our language, we often feel elated and ignore all the linguistic mistakes the person makes. Decades ago, while trying to make friends with a lovely refugee girl,...
The Intoxication of Talking

The Intoxication of Talking

When broaching cultural issues, we can see that East and West often share similarities as well as differences. However, if we take a close look at “talking”, the activity of opening one’s mouth to...

The Best Medicine

Laughter is the best medicine. Our ancestors taught us so. Don’t laugh at people since you never know who’ll have the last laugh. Our ancestors also taught us that. A smile costs less than...
A Season of Appreciations

A Season of Appreciations

When we were little kids, my siblings and I often “inherited” gifts and presents that villagers offered to our paternal grandmother during festivals or New Year. In the village, my Grandma was a sage...
From Sea To Sea 2

From Sea To Sea

In the previous issue, we started a journey across Canada and learned about the origins, as well as the meaning, of entities that are considered symbols of Canada. We admired the meanings of the...