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This section of perpetualexplorer.com focuses on the immigrant experience and cultural crossroads.



From Belgium to El Salvador: An Immigrant´s Story

From Belgium to El Salvador: An Immigrant´s Story

Emma Corcoran December 26, 2013

Ten years ago, Belgian traveler Gilles Ortmans was backpacking through Central America. In the small colonial town of Suchitoto, El Salvador´s cultural capital, Gilles met his future wife. After spending several years together in

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An Immigrant Story: Continent Hopping – A Couple’s Life Abroad

An Immigrant Story: Continent Hopping – A Couple’s Life Abroad

Luis Antonio Miguel November 16, 2013

Some people truly earn the title “world citizen.” I had the opportunity to meet with such a pair of individuals, Arnaud and Angela Verhoeven with quite an interesting immigrant story. Born in Belgium and

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Clowning Around With Burmese Refugees

Clowning Around With Burmese Refugees

Emma Corcoran November 7, 2013

The dense, mountainous jungle on the Thai-Burmese  border serves as an inhospitable home to around 14,000 refugees. Over the last three decades, fighting between Burmese hill-tribe militias and government forces has turned the Burmese

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Exploring the Migrant Experience: The San Francisco Immigrant Film Festival

Exploring the Migrant Experience: The San Francisco Immigrant Film Festival

Emma Corcoran October 25, 2013

Each December, the struggles and joys of immigrant life are celebrated in an unusual short-film festival in Northern California. The San Francisco Immigrant Film Festival shows films at an annual weekend screening at the

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Immigrant Culture: Crown Heights, Brooklyn

Immigrant Culture: Crown Heights, Brooklyn

Luci Westphal October 15, 2013

The Brooklyn neighborhood of Crown Heights is a fascinatingly diverse and contrasting neighborhood. The population is mostly of African decent (mainly via the Caribbean with a small portion of American born people) – but

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Dreams from the Promised Land Rediscovered in Altiplano, Tijuana

Dreams from the Promised Land Rediscovered in Altiplano, Tijuana

Luis Antonio Miguel October 14, 2013

Altiplano is one of Tijuana’s districts in development. Located at the edge of the city and adjacent to the Blvd. 2000 freeway, it is a varied collection of hand-made houses constructed bit-by-bit without any

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Reflections of a Guatemalan Journalist in Tijuana, Mexico

Reflections of a Guatemalan Journalist in Tijuana, Mexico

Luis Antonio Miguel September 18, 2013

Food stands, street performers and local artisans abound on the streets of the Zona Norte in Tijuana. Crowds of local and international visitors make merry two days before Mexican Independence Day on September 16.

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Egg Rolls and Egg Creams, A New York City Festival

Egg Rolls and Egg Creams, A New York City Festival

Marissa Quenqua June 29, 2013

The 13th Annual Egg Rolls and Egg Creams New York City Festival, held by the Museum at Eldridge St, is a vibrant celebration of a cross-section of culture: where Chinatown meets the historic Jewish

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Chaul Chnam Thmey Part 3: Balut Adventure

Chaul Chnam Thmey Part 3: Balut Adventure

Hannah Riley May 27, 2013

Feasting on Balut The clouds of spices and grill smoke tempted us towards the food stalls. Saros explained our options: grilled beef stick, fried rice, stuffed chicken wings, eggrolls, stuffed buns, and banana leaf-wrapped

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Chaul Chnam Thmey Part 2: Arrival at the Temple

Chaul Chnam Thmey Part 2: Arrival at the Temple

Hannah Riley May 26, 2013

After a short walk, we arrived at the Khmer Theravadin Buddhist Association of Tacoma and Pierce County to find the grounds buzzing with excitement. The noise was a deafening combination of live music and

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