Posts By: Lydia Hsu

Dubai – A City (and Experience) of Extremes

  Oh, how I’ve missed the hustle and bustle of moving crowds, the never-ending spectrum of lights, and the warm glow of life that bursts from the hearts of big cities! After the longest duration of time that I’ve ever spent away from the States (almost three months), the sight of the Dubai International Airport… Read more »

On Beauty: Sean Kingston, Ethiopian Flight Attendants, and Tolerating Disapproval

Apparently I am “not thick enough” for American R&B pop-star, Sean Kingston. [For those of you who do not know what “thick” means, you can look up the definition at www.urbandictionary.com] On September 17, Kingston performed at Amahoro Stadium with Rwandan singer, Tom Close. Despite all the anticipation and hype about the event, even a… Read more »

Mama ZuZu, Isabelle Kamariza, X, & Me

PART I It all started with Mama ZuZu. Here is a woman whose smile never stops. Mama ZuZu is thirty-eight years old, unemployed, and a mother of eight. She handles the affairs of her household, regularly attends church, and prepares meals for her children. However, starting two years ago, Mama ZuZu also began to incorporate… Read more »

I Can’t Pee – PART I

There are some things in life that I know I take for granted. Like electricity. Or shelter. Or running water. Or access to food. Even hearing and sight. Even my new smart phone. But until now, I have never really appreciated my ability to use the bathroom. Yes, I am writing to you about a… Read more »

When Worlds Collide

“I think everyone must love life more than anything else in the world.” > >>>>>   “Love life more than the meaning of it?” “Yes, certainly. Love it regardless of logic, as you say. Yes, most certainly regardless of logic, for only then will you grasp its meaning. – The Brothers Karamazov, Fyodor Dostoyevsky It… Read more »