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“The history of all hitherto existing society is the history of class struggles. Freeman and slave, patrician and plebeian, lord and serf, guild-master and journeyman, in a word, oppressor and oppressed, stood in constant opposition to one another, carried on an uninterrupted, now hidden, now open fight, a fight that each time ended, either in a revolutionary reconstitution of society …

The Global Phenomenon of Black Fetishization

A drunk man stopped me on the street today and asked to take a picture with me. I obliged. My days here are filled with open stares as I walk down the street; people coming up to me, speaking chinese at me, and then touching my hair; and people giving me compliments on my skin color or how beautiful I …

Urban Oasis

I’ve lived in big cities for most of my life. I hate the city. they’re all the same. Something that I came up with while I was here was “In the back of a taxi, every city feels the same”. And that is probably the truest thing I’ve ever said. All cities ARE the same: smog, people, noises, smells. All …

Gentrification: Modern Day Imperialism

Gentrification is something I am very used to. Living in Brooklyn you really can’t escape it. Brooklyn historically has the reputation of being rough; it’s where Biggie and Jay-Z are from. The streets are mean and the people are meaner. Today, Brooklyn is nothing like this. Williamsburg, Park Slope, BedStuy, Crown Heights, and other places like these all used to …

To Blog or Not To Blog

Tonight my writer friend John-Michael Murphy (and let’s face it, my only friend) told me the best way to get over writer’s block is to write. That may seem obvious to most people but to me it was life-changing advice. I LOVE school: going to class, studying, reading, taking exams, writing papers…those are the things I live for. However, lately …

Dear Dad,

Dear Dad, Nihao from Shanghai!! (haha) I’m doing really well!!! And no, I haven’t tried dog or cat yet lol We visit a lot of farms here; and all of them are different. We’ve been to fish farms, rice farms, natural farms, even an urban garden. At each farm we film and interview the owners (I already have SO MUCH FOOTAGE!!!). …

Baby’s First Video Ethnography

My first week in Shanghai has been full of emotional ups and downs. Challenges such as getting over jet lag, not knowing how to use a camera, and not being able to speak the language have really got me down. We just got together as a group to look at our photos and videos from the first week, and its …

Collectivized Agriculture an Impediment to Sustainable Agriculture?

The People’s Republic of China is a socialist republic run by the Communist Party. On June 5th, 2014, the president of the Communist Party in China, Xi Jinping, defended China’s one party rule, “just like we cannot turn all flowers violet, we cannot expect countries with different cultural traditions, historical experiences and national realities to follow the same mode of development. Otherwise …