Next to a stand of dragonfruit, durian, guavas, lychee, and mangosteen on the corner of Main Street and 41st Rd, a nondescript door presents itself in a drab, frosted white. Above the door the words “Golden Shopping Mall” appear in a golden sans-serif font, which are the only clues that through the door and down the stairs lie culinary gems of New York City.
Ignorance, the quality that we so despise in others, is not something any of us can ever claim to be without, no matter how broad or deep we’ve explored. We’re all ignorant.
Curiously, I asked my cousin a question over lunch in Taipei, wrestling with pieces of my identity as an American-born Taiwanese. “Is it obvious to people that I’m not from here?”
There’s no doubt that the events of 2016 have once again exposed the deep differences that make us uniquely American. Looking back through the historical events that have made the United States the country it is today, I can’t help but wonder when we will learn from our mistakes.
From the snow covered Andes in Chile to the rich biodiversity in the Amazon, South America is home to 422 million people; all of whom have unbelievably rich stories, customs, and cuisines.
Although it was very different from internships I was used to, one common point was spending most of my days thinking about how technology is used.