The similarities between the tourist industry today and settler presence in the Caribbean are striking: Both thrive on the idea that the Caribbean is a place that can (and should) be freely consumed, economically and visually, by Western people.
How might New Zealand’s expression of shared cultural heritage, and emphasis on multiculturalism, define the tourist state?
How do we make sense of the seemingly clear divisions between the institutional and the popular, the collective and the person, the physical and the spiritual, the secular and the sacred?
Instagram travel influencers “produce strikingly similar images, creating a recognizable system of signs on their feeds that create knowledge of the cultures they depict.”
"My time in Normandy was engulfed in sound, and I constantly found myself comparing our loud, boisterous American voices to the low hum of French."
“Most people in the U.S. are uninformed, confused, or misinformed about Cuba.” Reflections on cultural exchange.
“When travelling, instead of taking pictures, I like to collect a paper trail.” Playing with the traditions of scrapbooking and zine making.
"Most of us are used to being “locals” in New York City . . . The role reversal that we experienced upon arriving in South Africa that initially left many people uncomfortable."
“During our visit to South Africa, my greatest test came when the rest of the group and I were blessed with a street performance of Zulu war dances.” Poems.
"The intersections of my identity became points of confusion for me: I was Black like the people I was seeing, but I wasn’t African. I did not even know if I should call myself African-American or if I was being seen as just American, or if it mattered."