Photo Essay: Reflections on Singapore’s Green Spaces

Although Amherst offers few courses on urban studies, I’ve always been fascinated by our urban environment and topics such as the social life of cities and the intersection between sustainability and urbanization. Singapore has proved to be the perfect setting for me to explore these topics. My urban studies course at Yale-NUS is unique for its breadth and comparative focus,

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Interviewing a Singaporean Friend

Interviewee: Name: Bertrand Yan Hometown: Singapore Major: Environmental studies I interviewed my friend Bertrand, who lived in the same residential college as me during my time abroad at Yale-NUS. During the semester, we’ve had conversations regarding our different upbringings and how they have significantly shaped our identities and perspectives, so I felt that it would be very interesting to probe

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An Interview with the Chaolei People of Southern Thailand

Now, we enter the final course of the sustainable development studies curriculum: Oceans. On campus, we took one week to learn about fishing regulations, sea grass, and more. Then, we took two and a half weeks in Southern Thailand. We stayed at two fishing villages, one of them all Muslim, and went camping on beautiful islands close to Malaysia.   

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A Look at “Apropiacionismo Cultural” in Santiago, Chile

¡Mari mari kom pu che! Hello, everyone! The greeting, or chaliwün, I used in this blog post is in Mapudungun, the language of the Mapuche peoples in Chile. I am currently taking a class in Mapuche Culture and Language and am using any chance I can get to practice the newly learned vocabulary. I took this class because it’s important

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Living & Learning in Maetha: An Environmental Movement Prioritizing Human Health

Hello! As Thailand begins moving into summer, my time here is approaching the halfway point. Here in Chiang Mai, the burning season has arrived, where nearby farmers burn their old fields. Luckily, I have not noticed any increase in smoky air yet.  What I have noticed is how hot it has gotten. When I walk out on the street, it

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Not Yet in Santiago, but Learning how to Define My Happiness Outside of Amherst

Hi everyone! I hope you are all staying warm amidst the cold upon us, that is if you’re currently in the northeast like I am. Unlike most of my peers studying abroad, I am still at home because my program in Chile starts a bit later. I leave for Santiago on February 22nd, have orientation from the 24th-26th, and then

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Beyond the Familiar: First Impressions of Singapore

Five years ago, I was fifteen and traveled to Singapore for the first time. Although few memories remain from that short trip, I distinctly remember being captivated by the lush greenery enveloping the bustling cityscape, and awed by the sustainability of the densely-populated city lacking in natural resources. I’ve been in Singapore for almost a month now, retracing and rediscovering

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