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Cultural Interviews With Raya Maher and Alan Morales How is life different outside Hong Kong? With Alan, Divya, Moliehi, Nabeeh, Nafe, Oda, Pedro and Rabeya If You Love Someone Introduced by Aaratrika Bose I Found The Answer In My Room From Recovery Thought Why China's Youth Find Western Culture Attractive From PBS Newshour The 'Thank you' Syndrome By Ron Steinman Being a United World College Student By Sunan Tareque … Page 13 … Page 12 … Page 10 … Page 9 … Page 8 … Page 7 … Page 4

Appreciation Day Poem By Lucia Tran-Crozier … Page 14

Visual Arts
Photographs: Fall and Spring in the US By Imsouchivy Suos (LPC ’11) … Page 15


After the Rain
It has been a rainy summer this year. Under the rainy sky, there are always people who are happy and people who are blue. People are happy as the heat is eased and the air is fresh after an afternoon rain. People are sad when the pool is closed and water seems to be transferred back to their corridors.
Life has both sadness and joy together. The question is how to ensure that some people’s joy is not the sadness of others. It is like how to keep inflation low, but not to raise unemployment rate. It is like how to industrialize a village, but not to pollute its environment. How to ensure that some people’s joy is not the sadness of others. It only is when we learn to think of others. We do not wreak our anger on those who are heartbroken. We do not keep thinking for our own sake when others are misery. Being insensitive to others’ feelings is an emotional disability. It is worse than mental retardation, as emotional disability is the disability of a healthy body.
Inspired by Doan Cong Le Huy and what has happened recently.

Dear readers,
We hope that these words have succeeded in welcoming you to another journey with - LPC Cultural Magazine. In this fifth issue, we have brought to you some reflections of our ‘intercultural understanding’ values. We hope you will enjoy it. would like to say thank to those who have contributed to the completion of this issue:

Aaratrika Bose, Alan Morales, Divya Rana, Imsouchivy Sous, Moliehi Tjamza, Nabeeh Asim, Nafe Chanza, Oda Nissen, Pedro Cadalak, Rabeya Jawaid, Raya Maher, Sunan Taraque and Lucia Tran-Crozier. Since this is the last issue for this college year, calls for submission will not be announced until another college year begins. Meanwhile, we would really appreciate your feedback. Please send all your responses to Thank you, Ryan Black and the
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Raya Maher (R.M.)
Hi everyone! I’m Raya Alher. I’m 16 years old, from Baghdad, Iraq. R.B.: How do you R.B: What is the most famous symbol of your define culture? culture? R.M.: Culture is R.M: Food. Iraqi food is amazing! When you say something that Iraq, you think about religions. We have presents the country, many different religions. The major one is something that is Islam. But you can also find Christian. We really important. It is all live together. We live with people from from generations to different ethnic groups. We respect all the religions. We love each other… What else generation can we say about Iraq? Well, we love R.B: Can you give a brief introduction about football. But I don’t your culture? like football at all. R.M.: It’s really difficult… My culture? In my R.B: What does a party culture, we respect other people. We have mean to you? a lot of rules of how to respect people. Also, it is a very conservative culture. You R.M: When we say ‘a cannot have a relationship that everyone party’, it’s usually a knows about. You cannot wear short cloths. wedding or something in the wedding We are a religious country. It is a part of process. We have many parts in a wedding. our culture as well… I cannot really think We have parties for that. And also for of anything more. The thing is we have a birthday. We have music and we dance. In lot of things in our culture. But because I’m some regions, there are different parties for used to them, I don’t know what to women and for men separately. In some other regions, like in Baghdad where I live, introduce. if we throw a party, we make it for R.B: How important is ‘family’? everyone, both men and women. The numbers of the two types of parties are not R.M.: Oh! Family is very important. To have equal. The number of parties for men or good bonds with your family is important. women only is You see in Iraq, we have very big families. larger than We gather together in a lot of occasion that of through the year. We have meals together. mixed Everyone knows everyone. I know all my parties. cousins and they know me. It’s really But important to have a family and to keep the before tradition of visiting each other… And when someone gives birth or gets married, you need to give them something as a gift. And that’s something you have to do if you go there. When they come to your house with a gift, you have to give them something in return as well. weddings, parties are mixed. Everyone can join… And also when we say


‘party’, we don’t say like ‘I’m going to Lan Kuai for a party’. We don’t have something like that at all. R.B: So, do you go to canteen parties?

you still go to school and you have good relationship with your family. If you are not in school, after university, it’s that you have a good job, you have a wife, you have money and you are happy in your life.

R.M: Here? Last time I did. But I didn’t really R.B: Do you think you are successful? dance. I had so much fun looking at people dancing. It is completely different from our R.M: I have good relationships with my friends, parties back home. The music is my teachers and my family. I am completely different. The way of dancing is successful, but not in academy. [Laugh] completely different. We have teenagers I’m trying. I think that’s successful. I do what I can. You don’t have to be the best. jumping… We don’t have things like that. You just have to do the best of you. R.B: What is considered most disrespectful in your culture? R.B: What would you say is the most commonly held misconception that R.M: It is when you say bad words in front of people have about your culture? girls. The guys may say to each other but cannot say it in front of a girl. We girls are R.M: Aggressive. It’s not true! People think we are aggressive, we are angry. We are hotnot used to it. It’s completely impolite… blooded, but not aggressive. When I ask Also when a guy is following a girl. I find people, they say ‘You are always it very disrespectful. aggressive. You are always angry.’ But it’s R.B: How do you define success? not true. We’re just hot-blooded. R.M: How do I define success? You are successful when you are good at school, if

Alan Morales (A.M.)
Hi, my name is Alan Morales. I’m from Guatemala. I’m 18 years old. I like whatever related to science. R.B: How do you define ‘culture’? A.M.: Guatemalan culture?.. It’s really hard to describe, at least in a short interview. It’s A.M.: How do I define extremely broad as a culture of any ‘culture’?... It’s a country is. But in terms of my culture, on tough question… top of everything, I think it’s very greatly Culture is a set of influenced by Christianity because it’s also values and ideals the major religion of the country. It of a society and contains major characteristics of the Latin that people in that American culture. Most of us are very loud, society have in really like to dance. We like to consume a common. I can lot of coffee. One of the bad aspects of our define a culture if I culture is perhaps the fact that that very look at the society and most of people who conformist. We normally do not try for the hold the same values, the same ideals. best. I may say that is what most Guatemalan have. One of the greatest R.B: Can you give a brief introduction about things of our culture is that we are very your culture? happy. Central American and South


American are happy countries in general. R.B: Do you enjoy yourself in canteen parties? But at least in ranking, Costa Rica and A.M.: I always enjoy them. I enjoy canteen Guatemala are two countries that stand out, parties but probable not as much as I enjoy in terms of happiness. There are a lot of parties I had back home. Maybe it’s things to say about my culture. But these because of the amount of people. There are are things that come to my mind right now. much less people. And also it's different environment. But I definitely enjoy them R.B: What is the most famous symbol of your culture? and I definitely enjoy being able to party with people who have definitions of A.M.: Internationally? partying that are different from mine. Probably the Gran Jaguar, which is a R.B: What is considered most disrespectful in your culture? Mayan temple. It’s in the national park, A.M.: The most disrespectful thing is… I don’t called Tikal which is know. There are many things that are very in the north of very disrespectful. But I’ll say for example, Guatemala… It was a very important when you meet somebody that you do monument when the Mayan civilization know but you don’t greet them. It’s was flourishing because the kings used to considered disrespectful in my culture. stand on the top of the monument to speak Also, rejecting a gift or rejecting something to the whole town. Now it’s very popular. that people give you. It’s also considered It’s really large. I think as a symbol, it’s disrespectful. probably the most popular one because when you look for Mayan temples, I’m R.B: What would you say is the most really sure one of the first images that commonly held misconception that you’ll see is this one. people have about your culture? R.B: How do you define ‘success’? A.M.: Success is something subjective. But I’d say success is determined by how well you can achieve a goal and how much that goal means to you in your life. Say you have a very strong goal and you partially achieve it, that’s already some success... But probably that success is just as equal as having a very weak goal and achieving it fully. R.B: What does a party mean to you? A.M.: Hmmm... A party means a gathering of people who are very close to each other because they are either family or friends. They gather talk about each other. And while they are talking, they may have something else with them that brings them satisfaction or amusement, for example music, food, or entertainment. A.M.: I don’t know. Some uneducated people in developed countries may think we live in trees and stuff! But I would say that although people can hear a lot about Guatemala, I think they should go and look at the country and experience it by themselves...


Tell us something about your country…
Alan Morales – Guatemala: Walking through a street in Guatemala is a very different from walking through a street in Hong Kong. In Hong Kong, streets are a lot wider and much cleaner, and you see lots of people rushing to their destination. In Guatemala, streets would be louder, though, because it would be more common to find shops that are playing music out loud. Divya Rana - Nepal: In Nepal, touching anything with your feet is considered as an offence. Moliehi Tjamza – Lesotho: In Lesotho we use mini-buses a lot as public transport. Nabeeh Asim – Maldives: - Firstly, in Maldives, we don't and tall buildings. The tallest building is a 15 story building, Capital city Male'. Secondly, we do not have metros or any see skyscrapers which is in the kinds of trains.

Taxis are used in few large islands including the capital but the main transport system is boats. Last but not least, all the shops close for approximately 30 minutes 4 times a day. The shops close for prayer times, you have to wait 30 minutes if you have to buy anything during prayer times. Nafe Chanza – Malawi: In Malawi, wearing flip flops out into town or to the mall is frowned upon; transport is provided by the private sector and not the government; and most people live in houses and not apartments. Oda Nissen – Norway: In Norway, going out for dinner is as a teenager something you only do once or twice a year. It's simply too expensive. During springtime, people will be out tanning once it is sunny and warmer than about 5 Celsius degrees. Pedro Cadalak – East Timor: In East Timor, you can dive, hunt, hike, BBQ, picnic, swim almost everywhere (I mean Everywhere), even in places you can't imagine. Your freedom for adventures is just unlimited! Rabeya Jawaid – Pakistan: In Pakistan, everyone looks and speaks differently from each other. Our country stretches 1875 km from north to south. In the north, we have K2 (Savage Mountain – 8616m high) and constant snow, whereas in the south we live by the sea with cool winds, hence we tend to vary a lot. Also, Pakistan was made for Muslims from around the region, hence we have pathans, punjabis, balochis, sindhis, kashmiris all living together but looking different and speaking in a very different way from each other, whereas in Hong Kong, everyone more or less looks and speaks the same way.


Introduced by Aaratrika Bose
THE ORIGINAL QUOTE Set her free... If she comes back, she's yours, If she doesn't, she never was..... THE NEW VERSIONS ARE..... Pessimist: If you love someone, Set her free ... If she ever comes back, she's yours, If she doesn't, as expected, she never was Optimist: If you love someone, Set her free ... Don't worry, she will come back. Suspicious: If you love someone, Set her free ... If she ever comes back, ask her why. Impatient: If you love someone, Set her free... If she doesn't come back within some time forget her. Patient: If you love someone, Set her free ... If she doesn't come back, continue to wait until she comes back ... Playful: If you love someone, Set her free ... If she comes back, and if you love her still, set her free again, repeat .... Animal-Rights Activist: If you love someone, Set her free, In fact, all living creatures deserve to be free!! Lawyers: If you love someone, Set her free, Clause 1a of Paragraph 13a-1 in the Second Amendment of the Matrimonial Freedom Biologist : If you love someone, Set her free, She'll evolve. Statisticians : If you love someone, Set her free, If she loves you, the probability of her coming back is high If she doesn't, your relation was improbable anyway. Over possessive person : If you love someone don't set her free. MBA : If you love someone set her free instantaneously and look for others simultaneously Psychologist : If you love someone set her free If she comes back her super ego is dominant If she doesn't come back her id is supreme If she doesn't go, she must be crazy. Finance expert : If you love someone set her free If she comes back, its time to look for fresh loans If she doesn't, write her off as an asset gone bad. Marketing Specialist : If you love someone set her free If she comes back she has brand loyalty If she doesn't, reposition the brand in new market. From Internet



When I woke up this morning, I asked myself, "What is life about?" I found the answer in my room... The fan said, "Be cool." The roof said, "Aim high." The window said, "See the world!" The clock said, "Every minute is precious." The mirror said, "Reflect before you act." The calendar said, "Be up to date." The door said, "Push hard for your goals." The floor said, "Kneel down and pray"


JEFFREY BROWN: Next tonight, the debate in China over the growing influence of Western culture. It comes as China's vice president kicks off a trip to the United States this week, one designed in part to head off mounting tensions between the two countries. Kathleen McLaughlin is a Beijing KATHLEEN MCLAUGHLIN: What's allowed and what is not is murky. Take "China's Got Talent." In one episode, a poor man who sells duck necks for a living dresses up like a suicidal pig to try to earn money for a karaoke parlor for his wife. In the end, the man's wife comes on stage to for the judges and wins both their tears and approval. Regulators deem this show has a MCLAUGHLIN, GlobalPost: social value. But they threatened to cancel China's hugely popular version of "The Bachelor," "If You Are the One." In one famous episode, the bachelor asks one of the female contestants to ride on his bicycle. She replied, "I would rather cry in the back of a BMW." To stay on the air, producers eradicated content with a negative social impact, brought on older contestants, and added a professor from a Communist Party school as the third is pushing back. host. Xu Fan says producers are finding it difficult to figure out what might offend regulators. XU FAN (through translator): There are good intentions behind the regulations. But then the rules become very complicated. And people down the line still have to carry them out. KATHLEEN MCLAUGHLIN: But many of China's culture consumers disagree with the government's very premise. Chinese culture often takes Western influences and makes them its own. Walk into KFC, for example, you will find an egg tart, rice porridge, and a menu almost unrecognizable to someone in the States. That fusion has happened on the Internet, too, which, with more than 500 million users, is even more popular than television. Kaiser Kuo is an American who has lived in Beijing for 16 of years. He's a spokesman for Baidu, China's top Internet site, and a well-known local rock musician.

correspondent for our partner GlobalPost. She has this report. KATHLEEN

From clothes to coffee, to food and movies, Western culture is big and getting bigger in China. KFC is the country's most popular restaurant chain. A Buick is the top-selling car. Western culture swept into China when the country opened to foreign trade 30 years ago. Western brands and ideas have exploded in the past decade, as economic boom expanded the country's middle class. Now the government

President Hu Jintao says China's culture is being infiltrated by hostile Western forces. And the government has set new limits on Chinese mass media. First, they issued edicts that killed some racy and wildly popular TV shows and pushed others out of prime time. Xu Fan is a professor at the Communications University of China, the country's top training ground for budding TV journalists and hosts. XU FAN, professor, Communications

University of China: The rules are meant to restrict two types of programs. The first is crime programs that show audiences how crimes are committed, how to steal and rob, criminal techniques and scenes of the crime. This is what ordinary people like to watch. But these types of programs are against law and order. Second are dramas with contents

immortality, moral and ethical betrayals.


KAISER KUO, Baidu: A lot of the memes that have become popular in China are kind of indecipherable to Western audiences. And, of course, that's because they're sort of irreducibly Chinese. So I think the idea that Chinese culture is in some way becoming Westernized is a little misguided. I think that these are -- there isn't a strict, you know, sort of dichotomy between Western and Chinese culture. KATHLEEN MCLAUGHLIN: The government, however, has also begun Internet crackdowns in the name of fighting off Western culture. They started by forcing people who use Chinese versions of Twitter to register under their own names. But these restrictions could stifle the very creativity the country needs to develop. KAISER KUO: In recent years, we've seen the Internet really blossom into -- well, it's fully -it's the crucible contemporary culture in China. KATHLEEN MCLAUGHLIN: That

Recently, China's netizens attacked Beijing's government for withholding the truth about air pollution. They reposted and discussed at length the U.S. Embassy's independent air data. In the end, Beijing's government caved and started publishing more pollution stats on its own website. Doudou Song works for a Japanese car company. Her favorite TV programs, the social issues talk show "Day Day Up" and "Happy Camp," a variety show, were removed from prime time. She now mostly watches TV clips online instead. DOUDOU SONG, office worker (through translator): Every day, especially now that I'm working, when I drag my tired body and mind home, I really want to have a moment of relaxation. I want to laugh out loud. But I can't be as easily satisfied as before, so I feel a bit disappointed. KATHLEEN MCLAUGHLIN: She misses her shows. Doudou was even more offended by how the rules were rolled out, with no public input. DOUDOU SONG (through translator): I feel perhaps they have good intentions, but their methods are very undemocratic. They're too forceful. It feels like a monopoly. KATHLEEN MCLAUGHLIN: This generation of Chinese wants a voice. Freedom is what Hou, the skater, talks about when asked what he likes about Western culture. KATHLEEN MCLAUGHLIN: The government may find it very difficult to change his mind.

contemporary culture may be precisely what the government is worried about. Over the next two years, China will change power at the very top and get a new president. The last thing it wants during this rare and secretive transition is the kind of freewheeling discussion that's now happening online with its Internet users. While posts many about topics like China's corruption power and

transition are being banned on social media, pollution, government negligence spread like wildfire. Last summer, many Weibo users criticized the government after a notorious high-speed train crash that killed nearly 50 people. Before censors deleted it, one offending post read -- quote -- "China, please slow down your breakneck pace. Wait for your people. Wait for your soul. Wait for your morals. Wait for your conscience."


One of the first words I learned in Vietnamese was ‘cảm ơn’. The reason I learned this first is because when one visits from America, wanting to learn a few useful phrases in Vietnamese, one asks how to translate the words we use most in English: "How much is this?", "Oh, my god!", "How old are you?", "You’re very pretty". But the first phrase interests me very much. In America we say thank you for everything. If you buy some shampoo at the store, stand in line and then pay for it, we will say thank you to the cashier. Has she done us a favor? No. It is her job to take the money from customers and let them leave with their shampoo. Still, we say thank you. Why do we have this obsession with saying thank you? Can’t say for sure. But I can say that usually when American families eat dinner together something that is happening less and less - you have to say, "Please pass me the peas." After you get the peas, you must say, "Thank you," for the peas. If you don’t, your father will smack you across the back of your head. "Say ‘thank you’ to your mother for passing you the peas." Thank you. You’re welcome. They’re ingrained into our consciousness from a young age. Is it polite? Yes. Is it good? I’m not sure. I wonder if Vietnamese people think it’s strange that western people say thank you so much. Even a backpacker, who is in the country for only for a week or two will learn to say thank you to the woman who gives him tea. But after staying in Vietnam for a little bit, I’ve started to wonder about our politeness? Is it just force of habit? ________ We - native English speakers, in general - say it all the time, even when there is nothing to be thankful for. When saying thank you to people in Vietnam, sometimes I get a funny look. At first I thought that it was impolite. No "You’re welcome", no smile. But now I’m thinking that the Vietnamese way might be more correct. Perhaps people in America say this too much. Repetition of words can sometimes lead to them losing their meaning. If I’m correct, and I don’t know if I am, the Vietnamese way of restraint on these words is better. Still though, after all this philosophizing on language, I am a bit confused about when it is appropriate to say thank you. When somebody sells you tea? When they invite you to a party? When they lend you money? Can you tell me? Thank you in advance. From:


In 2010, when I first stepped into Li Po Chun United World College of Hong Kong, I was unaware of the colossal impact the consequent two-year experience would have on my life. I wondered how my life in a boarding school would be, with classmates from almost every corner of the planet. I knew that it was going to be a special experience, and I was extremely excited to discover the life of a United World College (UWC) student. There are 13 UWCs scattered all across the globe, at least one in every continent. Each UWC has students from at least 80 countries, and we live, study, and learn from eachother. According to our mission statement, “UWC makes education a force to unite people, nation and cultures for peace and a sustainable future.” And that is exactly what a UWC does; it promotes intercultural understanding through education. Firstly, we do International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Program here. However, IB is not the biggest part of the entire UWC experience. The best part is living with friends and teachers from a diverse array of cultures. They have eventually become my family, people I love and can always trust without a second thought. My roommates are from Lesotho, USA and Hong Kong, and we learn from each other every day. Over the two years, I realized that various individuals from all across the world have different principles, ideologies and moral stands. However, this should not trigger a conflict. Rather although we should always voice our own opinions, it should not stop us from accepting progressive ideals and embracing cultural differences. I believe that with such positive attitude, we can unite and resolve the major conflicts jeopardizing the world. This is what my UWC experience has taught me. It motivated me to think independently, and actively reflect upon the moral implications any of my beliefs or actions. Before stating something, I ask myself, why do I believe it? And why does someone else disagree? There have been many cases where my beliefs have been openly challenged by my friends in English or Theory of Knowledge classes, or in a casual conversation during dinner. But as UWC students, we explored what made us think differently. We tried to resolve our differences, not argue about them. The free flow of ideas resulting from such discussions is what I admire the most. Most importantly, the UWC experience molds its students into independent thinkers, who want to try to make this world a better place. In future, we want to make positive contributions to our society, and help those in need. A UWC instills ethical values in the hearts of its students, and makes us realize the responsibilities that we all share; the responsibilities of a global citizen. We all want to develop our countries, resolve international conflicts and fight injustice. Hence by living with eachother in our close-knit strong community, we learnt to accept each other’s differences and celebrate them. Living in a UWC is like living in a miniature version of the world, where conflicts are nonexistent. This experience has developed me into an individual who wants to bring positive changes to the world, especially to my own country and bring lighten the otherwise dark lives of as many individuals as possible. I indeed feel lucky to have had the opportunity to be a part of the United World College family.


By Lucia Tran-Crozier
Yesterday I had a very pleasant surprise LPC students are certainly wise On the pavement, there was a ‘Hello!’ in multi-coloured chalk I, amused, continued to walk Another message by the stairs This time with more flair Happy Appreciation Day!!! Yey!!! Two stars by the door Careful, warm messages galore Of thankful students, to Humanities and Science teachers. For TLC received. Mathematics, Theatre, Visual Arts and Language teachers relieved To have their messages on the boards. And on more stars to hoard Because they are precious. Then a sweet little email, previous To ask us to meet Around the Courtyard, we were greeted With sweet sounds of ‘Ooooh poom poom pa dom, pa dom, oooo ohh dom pa dom pa dom, ooo oooh oooo pa dom’ ‘Don’t worry, be happy….’ Beautiful ginger bread biscuits glazed With icing and aromatic cinnamon Arrived laden, to the staff room The hearts beat ‘boom, boom, boom’ You should see, so many happy faces So thank you, Appreciation Day, certainly aces Today of all days.


Fall and Spring in the US By Imsouchivy Sous – LPC ‘11