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  • On April 15th, 2012, I was on my way to Seoul, Korea for the 2nd Annual Far East Film and Entertainment Arts Festival. This was my second Far East event, and I was more than excited, for I had been placed in the film category this year. Other categories this year included garage band, Glee, stand...

    Tags: Asia, Soul Search
  • A nervous teenage boy ventures into Detroit Metro Airport. His left hand tightly clutches his boarding pass. In that moment in time, that pass is the most important item in his world. He repeatedly glances at it, checking and rechecking his flight and gate number: Delta Flight 2745 and Gate 45A. In...

  • As a young child, I often heard stories about my mom’s childhood in the Philippines. She loved sharing her memories with my sisters and me, telling us how easy we have it compared to what she had gone through. She would always point out the hardships she had to overcome throughout her childhood. I...

    Tags: Asia
  • Every summer the youth group from my church goes on a mission trip. Last summer, we went to St. Petersburg, FL. There we were privileged to work with a migrant workers ministry through TEAMeffort. The people in this ministry came from different cultures and were economically disadvantaged.   They...

  • Greasy takeout, kung-fu, and Jackie Chan are some of the stereotypes that come to mind when most people think of Chinese culture. Being of Chinese heritage, however, I have experienced the true essence of Chinese culture, especially so this past July when I visited Beidaihe, a seaside city in...

    Tags: Asia, China
  • In the summer of 2006, my brother, Oliver, and I traveled to Vancouver, Canada by plane to tour. This was my first time going to Canada and to be honest, I wasn't really excited to go. From what I've heard Canada was a gigantic wilderness larger than the United States but with only a fraction of...

  • Imagine being on a van full of luggage, two adults, three teenagers and food and DVDs galore. Seems like the perfect trip doesn't it? About ten straight hours of watching movies, gossiping, pigging out, singing, playing those silly car games and just being in the company of your closest friends is...

  • As I walked out of the border building, Macau’s sea breeze gently kissed my left cheek before flowing across my face like a river and catapulting off of my right cheek. Even though it was the middle of June, the weather was pleasant because the humid air blended with the scorching sunlight,...

    Tags: Asia
  • Semi Finalist 2010 FTF Teen Travel Writing Scholarship Last summer I left my family and friends to study abroad for a semester in Germany. I left in July and upon arrival in Frankfurt I was joined by eight other American teenagers doing the same program. Last summer I left my family and friends...

    Tags: Europe
  • Dusty street carts bustled along the sidewalk, passing various clothing and grocery vendors who lined the streets with umbrellas and blankets covered with fruits, vegetables and trinkets. Lao ye (Grandpa) wheeled his rusted bicycle to carry the groceries that Lao lao (Grandma) had haggled down to...

    Tags: Asia, China, Heritage

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