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I had my first cemetery-history-lesson in Bastos, a rural town in Sao Paulo state. My host, a young 3rd generation Japanese-Brazilian, took me on a chronological tour to show how the immigrant-founded community changed over time. Early graves were Buddhist with obelisk tombstones covered in Kanji and framed photos of the deceased. In the 1950s and 60s, names like Eduardo Fujisaki and Beatrice Suzuki began appearing on tombstones, demonstrating that the townspeople had begun identifying as Brazilian. The newest headstones’ text were Portuguese with Christian elements like crosses and angels, signaling further cultural integration. It was an eye-opening experience that prompted a habit of visiting ceme...

One of the things I have observed after many months on the road is the question of how religion presents itself in different cultures. Everywhere you go, even in countries where one religion is widely accepted, people express their faiths, or lack thereof, in different ways. Religion is a huge factor in shaping culture, and that’s not necessarily positive nor negative. Historically, religion has been the root of many disputes, intolerances, persecutions, and even wars. But, in reality, religions really are not very different from each other, and religious intolerance is unnecessary.

 

 

Turkey is a Muslim country, but it's a place of many religions in history. In Selçuk, we visited the St John the Bapti...

November 28, 2014

By Isabella Richter de Medeiros

 

About two months ago, my mom and I went to my high school’s counselor to talk about homeschooling and credits. We wanted to make sure that, even though I would be homeschooled for a year, I would graduate with my Class of 2017. With the way it worked out with the meeting, I was able to get set up with three online classes, totaling in 2.5 credits for this year: one year of Algebra, one year of PE (a state graduation requirement), and one semester of Health (also a state graduation requirement). Usually, one would accumulate at least 6 credits per year. So, next year, I’ll have to do my school’s Running Start program, which will allow me to catch up on all my credits an...

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