By Phoebe Lim “Ildefonso was in love. He was so in love [with symbols and words],” Susan Schaller, an interpreter fluent in ASL, describes a man utterly without language, having been born deaf, comprehending the link between objects and their names for the first time. Schaller walked into her first class to bring sign language […]Read more "Thought and Language"
By Micah Ford It was around this time last year that my dad, a high school teacher at QSI International School of Astana, realized the poor health condition of his mom in the small town of Angelica where she lived with her husband, a pastor. The thought of moving after 12 years overseas to help […]Read more "My family’s transition from Astana, Kazakhstan, to western New York"
By Alan Jambulatov A popularised holiday, celebrated globally, Christmas, beloved and known by all. Based on the Biblical story of the Birth of Christ, this tale has gone, in a sense, “viral;” however, as mainstream as Christmas has become, there are countries that still abstain from the now-traditional break. Instead, celebrating New Year, for instance, […]Read more "The Kazakh Christmas"
Her’s is a story about a mother’s conviction to break stereotypes and the self-belief of her teenage daughter, who showed why “merit” has more weight than “marks”. An “unschooled” teen rejected from India’s top science school gets into MIT. “We are a middle-class family. Malvika was doing well in school but somehow I felt that […]Read more "Rejected “Unschooled” Teen goes to MIT"
by Zan Jia I live in Egypt. Normally at this statement, people conjure a picture of garbed men with beards who live in pyramids with satellite TVs, and drive camels (6 camel-power). Unfortunately, if you have conjured such an image, you are wrong! Cairo is a great urban city, teeming with life and cars. The language here […]Read more "Egypt – Life in Cairo"