This And That: Watching The Inauguration From Afar
The above illustration is by Alex Labriola, founder of the custom design studio AL Stampa. I've written about her work before and how much I love everything she creates. The artist drew this in honor of the Women's March on Washington and posted it to Instagram with a portion of Maya Angelou's "Phenomenal Women." I love how hopeful and uplifting the drawing feels, despite all the reasons people everywhere are marching. Learn more about Alex's stunning work here.
Here We Go
As the U.S. braces itself for the inauguration of a new president and his baffling administration, I feel as though the country where I currently live is as foreign as the current state of the nation I left just four months ago.
Did I really see our next president tell the world that one of our country's greatest civil rights heroes was "all talk no action" on, of all possible weekends, MLK weekend? Did I then really watch his nominee to lead the Education Department tell the senator from Connecticut (of all places) that guns have a place in and around schools because grizzly bears may attack? And did his pick for energy secretary really not know that he was going to be managing our nation's supply of nuclear weapons until weeks after he accepted the gig?
Living abroad while reading articles like these makes me look at local newspapers written in Chinese and think, "Well, this will probably make more sense." There's a constant feeling of push-and-pull when living away from home -- but this week has only made me feel more pushed than pulled.
That is, until I read about the tens of thousands of people planning to march in Washington D.C. -- not to protest the president but to show the world that America is a place that protects civil rights. I read this week that there are hundreds of "sister marches" taking place all over the world. The one local to Hong Kong is taking place in Macau, beginning in front of the Venetian Hotel (a property owned by Trump supporter Sheldon Adelson).
"We stand together in solidarity with our partners and children for the protection of our rights, our safety, our health, and our families - recognizing that vibrant and diverse communities are the strength of a country," the march's website states.
Now that doesn't feel so foreign at all.