On university essays and my obsession with cultural identities and young minds

Ask any of my classmates and they will tell you that for the bulk of my university education I ranted about identity politics, race, and TCKs in our new global age. We're talking about cultural policy? I'd write an essay on language policy. An assessment on cosmopolitanism? I'd write an essay on TCKs. (Similarly, in … Continue reading On university essays and my obsession with cultural identities and young minds

At the heart of traveling: Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs, Nietzsche, and Élan Vital

Three years ago: "Mishell, why did you come to Melbourne?" I got bored in the US; I'd met a dead end. Now: "Mishell, what brings you to Shanghai from Melbourne?" I got too comfortable in Melbourne. It's this lack of stimulation that perhaps is so TCK. Moving and seeing new places until some sort of … Continue reading At the heart of traveling: Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs, Nietzsche, and Élan Vital