How I stopped telling Americans to stop calling it soccer

As I write this, the Denver Broncos lead the Carolina Panthers in the 50th edition of the Super Bowl 16 to 7 with the 3rd quarter coming to an end. It’s been 2 years since the first time I saw the Super Bowl, when the Seattle Seahawks crushed this year’s champions elect, the Broncos, with…

Coming up: Clark University’s 4th annual TCK/ Global Nomad Conference

Clark University is hosting its Fourth Annual Third Culture Kids/ Global Nomad Conference on Saturday, February 27th, 2016. The conference will offer a variety of sessions that will be of interest to anyone who identify themselves as TCKs and their allies as well as faculty, staff, and administrators who work with these students. To attend,…

Throwback Thursday: Yoni Ki Baat—the South Asian Vagina monologues

(Enjoy this post on last year’s Yoni Ki Baat, by Suaida Firoze! – Posted February 20, 2015) On February 7th the Grind was packed with eager Clarkies waiting for Yoni Ki Baat—the South Asian Vagina monologues—to start. Yoni in Sanskrit means the Vagina and Yoni Ki baat, assumed to be quite similar to the Vagina…

American Culture

They’re much more open – their moms won’t be complaining about things like wearing shorts and miniskirts. People are so outgoing. Talking to strangers is normal – I just randomly walked into a party and it was completely fine! There’s freedom unlike the oppression we have here. We’re so backwards. Why can’t we be as…

17-8-15

Memories and places, identities and spaces. Do you only know ‘here’ for what happened and ‘there’ for those eventful occasions? Are you creating, as you’re remembering, a you nonexistent without moments? And do you change when these moments are torn apart? Like, what if ‘here’ exploded midsummer Limbs, organs, and lives, all a scatter Of…

Dépaysement

(n) the disorientation felt in a foreign country of culture The concept of home fascinates me. People choose to be defined by it, cling to it, and wage war in its name. In my case, I travel over eight thousand miles once a year to pay homage to the place I call home, Sri Lanka….

Throwback Thursday: Snow day at Clark

It looks like this semester is coming to an end without a major snow event, which is VERY different from how the winter was last year. Enjoy this post from January 27, 2015!  Worcester is no stranger to a snow storm and Clarkies certainly don’t mind a day off. Today, the city was still alive…

Beef and Intolerance in India

Writing this, I recall my many late night dietary indulgences, chowing down on a Big Mac. An absurd start indeed. In my home country of India, McDonald’s occupies the imagined trendiness of globalization. A hang out spot for the burgeoning middle class, that functions within the limits of regulation. Beef consumption and sale is banned…

Censorship by Machete : Silencing Secularism in Bangladesh

In February, Avijit Roy and his wife walked through the bustling stalls and the shadows of foliage in the Dhaka University campus. Because it was February, the annual book fair was taking place, and they had, like thousands of others, come out to experience an event tied quintessentially to the country’s national identity. Sixty odd…