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Resistance 150 on Canada Day

Today I will celebrate the resilience of First Nations, Metis and Inuit people. I will celebrate the fact that their cultures are still here and living. Living acorss 3 continents and a handful of countries, I am very grateful to tell others that I am a Japanes-Chinese, Canadian. Without choosing I was born and inherited the unearned advantages accrued by virtue of being a national of developed country. I have been given tools like health care and education, but I wish my Canadian identity came with a stronger understanding of the history – the fact that it can be traced back to tens of thousands of years earlier, pre-1867. I hope this day marks a continued fight for equality in education, health care, safe drinking water, quality housing and governance in indigenous land & addressing climate change and natural resource extraction. There is still so much to be done! “As we mark 150 years since Confederation, it’s important for us to remember and reflect all aspects of our collective history. We need to remember that …

I’m moving to Denmark, Slovenia & Spain!

Exactly a month ago I wrote a post saying I’m moving to the U.K. (ps the post no longer exists). So what in the world is this post about?! In an effort to make a long story, short – a series of circumstances and events, which I had no control over, made me realize that going to the U.K. was no longer a feasible option. “The only thing that is constant is change” Heraclitus I was left confused, hurt, and suddenly scared that the plan I had laid out was suddenly gone. I realized that (a) embracing change is hard, humans are such creatures of habit and I had such peace of mind knowing what I was doing come fall, that in the brief moment I didn’t – I felt an enormous weight on my shoulders, and (b) people who really support you, lend ears, good advice, encouragement, and go an extra step to help you in times of uncertainty. I took a chance to see if a unique joint-masters program based in Europe would accept me. Again, long story, …

Internship with United Nations World Tourism Organization: Sustainable Tourism Observatories in China

When I received the news that I was selected to be an International Intern for the United Nations World Tourism Organization in China, I couldn’t believe it. Almost a half year after I applied, the thought of hearing back was a distant idea and lodged somewhere in the back of my mind buried under the stress of school and final exams. So when I heard back, I was in shock and it was like someone had surprised me with this incredible gift. In 2014, I spent the summer traveling Europe on my own. On my 21st birthday I visited the United Nations European headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. I took a tour and I became interested in exploring International Relations. I made the realization that the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) was a specialized agency I could foresee my future in (or to work for a company/organization with similar values of realizing the need to progress hospitality and tourism in sustainable way). In the future I want to contribute to sustainably developing tourism, study more about culture and languages, and incorporating …