Tag Archives: poverty

White Man’s Burden

When I first heard of this expression, I thought it was some general paternalistic phrase.  But when I found out that it also came from Rudyard Kipling’s poem encouraging the colonization of the Philippines by the United States, it kinda … Continue reading

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Foreign Exchange

Photo Credit: http://ocw.mit.edu/ans7870/21f/21f.027/rise_fall_canton_04/gallery_places/pages/cwC_1805_E78680_Flags.htm Before 1842, Canton (Guangzhou) was the only port in China open to foreigners. After losing the Opium/Trade War to the British, the Chinese government finally gave in to British demands, conceding the right to trade in five … Continue reading

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Anak

Video Credit: ACSPPA/AMLC The word “anak” means child in many Malayo-Polynesian languages, including that of my country the Philippines.  It has also been used for the title of a Filipino song and movie, giving it the depth this word deserves. … Continue reading

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Doctors & Society

In society, doctors are held in such high esteem and with good reason — the years of training, the level of skill involved, and the power to heal and save lives.  But in this post, I want to discuss those … Continue reading

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The Perfect State

Photo Credit: Classical Numismatic Group, Inc. http://www.cngcoins.com One time I was having a lesson with one of my Japanese students and during our discussion he was complaining about corruption in his country.  The whole time I was thinking, “If he … Continue reading

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Individuals: Saint Francis (of Assisi)

Photo Credit: Waterborough For some reason, there was a comic book about St. Francis lying around the house when I was a boy.  That’s how I learned about him. His life was memorable for me because he went off to … Continue reading

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Wheels

Photo Credit: Anomie The wheel is one of my favorite symbols because it signifies eternity and movement.  Specifically the traditional spinning wheel is used in the Indian flag, and I would like to discuss India for this post, as it is … Continue reading

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No Place Like Manila

Photo Credit: Pinoy Kollektor I remember one of my friends from high school telling me that Manila used the be the “Paris of Asia” and I was like, “What the hell is he talking about?”  At that time, I had … Continue reading

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Overcoming Poverty

It’s time for me now to relate the story of Socorro Ramos which I’m getting from her children’s book: According to the book, her family has always been in the business of selling.  When she was 5 years old, she … Continue reading

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Why “Seek Knowledge even in China”?

Photo Credit: Wiggum “Seek knowledge even in China” was one of the sayings that was associated with the Abbasid Era of the Islamic Empire, which implied that knowledge should be sought regardless of the source, regardless if it was non-Islamic, … Continue reading

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