International Cultures and Issues
Grade 6

Russia Bans Foreign Adoption

On January 1st, 2012 Vladimir Putin, the President of Russia, signed through the Russian Parliament a law that stated that people foreign to Russia were no longer allowed to adopt Russian children. No one knows the real reason why the Russian Parliament made this decision; some people think it was related to the international relations, […]

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censorship
International Cultures and Issues
Grade 11

Iran’s Hold on Speech

A few years ago, I found myself being exposed to the injustice of speech in foreign countries through the media. I was very young and not able to completely comprehend what I was experiencing. At the time, I was watching a Pakistani news broadcast with my dad and a man who was talking was interrupted […]

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Chinese lanterns
International Cultures and Issues
Grade 10

Chinese-American Identity

I am Chinese, apparently. I am also American, according to my family. But I am not Chinese-American, not yet at least. My parents immigrated to the United States many years ago, and I am the first generation of my family to be born on American soil. Being the first “American” is a special position, but […]

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children in Cuba
International Cultures and Issues
Grade 7

Life in Cuba

Most people think that Cuba is a struggling, communist country, full of bad people and no money. Technology is old and the cars are ugly. United States citizens can’t even get in without special permission from the government. To me, however, Cuba is a beautiful, special country that gives me a lot of freedom and […]

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Sudanese army
International Cultures and Issues
Grade 11

A New Sudan

Brothers face one another on the battlefield, each garbed with a uniform. A uniform consisting of different patterns; different patterns of the same colors. The colors of one family, the colors of one nation. Glaring with eyes of steel, they are blinded by material objects. Beating with hearts of stone, they harbor grievances of the […]

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Bolivia
International Cultures and Issues
Grade 11

Bolivia’s National Pride

The hours had stacked up like plastic cups; countless hours had passed waiting in the airport after the ten-hour delay, and ten hours in the plane itself, during which I practiced my broken Spanish in my head. My brain would not stop having conversations with itself. I had just wished that my inner Latin American […]

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