Wednesday, August 3, 2016
Topics: SUSI 2016
Tuesday, August 2, 2016
Monday, August 1, 2016
|An Amish farm|
Sunday, July 31, 2016
Wednesday, July 27, 2016
The SUSI scholars took photos with the Tecumseh actors after the show.(Photo courtesy of SUSI program assistants)
Drove away from the university and headed to a downtown with blocks of high buildings, Cleveland is an unfamiliar place to many scholars but most could recall the place won this year’s NBA championship, and Lebron James, a prominent NBA player, was the Most Valuable Player (MVP) in the team Cleveland Cavaliers. But the journey to Cleveland was nothing to do with basketball.
A ‘corner’ of the RNC Media Centre in Cleveland.
Do you know who are the philosophers in the left and the right statues?
Many scholars, including myself, were impressed by the American cultures in the Hollywood movies: modern, fancy, liberal, and a little bit crazy. But in Ohio, people are more dedicated in preserving their traditional culture instead of promoting new culture. Dissimilar to the American culture demonstrated in the Hollywood movies, the Amish Country, which locates in the Holmes County of Ohio, has a unique culture that many scholars have never seen before. Most Amish people do not own cars, mobile phones and other electronic goods. The telecommunication and internet services were very weak and often disconnected. With very limited public and private cars, carriage is the major transport in the Amish Country, and “totally unbelievable” as described by many scholars.
|The Amish Country is a place with greenery.|
|A huge carriage displayed in the Amish Country museum.|
|The Amish are also called the Pennsylvania Dutch.|
The Little Cities of Black Diamond in Shawnee took around 30 minutes’ drive from the Ohio University. With only around 600 people of populations, the SUSI scholars took an adventurous journey to the early coal mines in Ohio. Some SUSI scholars were disappointed when they see no mines and mining activities in Shawnee, but they later realised that heavy pollutions and fatal accidents due to early mining activities were buried and mourned in abandoned mining sites and graves of African-American who were once the forerunners in labor union movements in Ohio. Like travelled through a time tunnel, SUSI scholars visited the Robinson’s Cave and the New Straitsville Moonshine Company, some of them enjoyed samples of distillations produced by the Shawnees.
|A SUSI scholar tried the distillations produced at the New Straitsville Moonshine Company.|
|The Robinson’s Cave in New Straitsville, Ohio.|
"New" Linda Theater established in 1930s. Movies were displayed with motion and sound.
San Francisco has long been named and regarded by the Chinese as the ‘Longstanding Gold Mountain’ for remembering the history that many Chinese migrated to San Francisco to join the gold rush in California. According to Wikipedia, a division of Wikimedia Foundation, the Voice of America and the State of Federal Government are still using the name ‘Longstanding Gold Mountain’, but this name has not been mentioned on the Wikipedia page about San Francisco in English. Clever SUSI scholars noticed about the lost in translation on Wikipedia, yet the speakers from Wikipedia denied the differences in translation have bought much inconsistency in content, and they emphasised that zero censorship has been imposed on the open and collaborative site.
The SUSI scholars listened attentively to the speeches of Wikimedia representatives.
AT&T Park – outside view
|AT&T Park – part of the inside view|
Every scholar must have read a number of publications that accused the conglomeration of Disney was an expansion of U.S. soft power. There were long criticisms in academia regarding Americanisation, cultural industry and hegemony. In the U.S., Disney is a giant company producing forms of entertainment. But in the eyes of millions of people around the world, Disney is the representative of America popular culture.
A Liberty Magazine cover with Mickey Mouse in 1942, a year during the WWII.
Next station: Atlanta. Ready to leave in 3 hours. Sleepy but feel excited.
Tuesday, July 26, 2016
& edited by Daniel Supervielle
Alberto Caló was the father of a good friend of my golden days. We went to college together. Caló was older than my father. In those years of the second half of the eighties, when I was discovering myself, love and what to do with my life he told me that he used to know my grandfather Perico who died in 1972, when I was two years old.
Alberto Caló was always reading big books while sitting in a big sofa. That is the picture I have in my mind of the man. I had very few conversations with him. He once told me that my grandfather helped him to arrange a very strange trip to Papua New Guinea at the early sixties. He disclosed that he was connected to a missionary at Papua New Guinea in the south Pacific very far away from my country; Uruguay using his short wave radio equipment. Once they got in touch they started a very strong and strange friendship that ended up with a visit of Alberto Caló to that remote island in Oceania. My grandfather, Perico, was then working as a diplomat for the Uruguayan government in Australia. The crazy sixties where roaring with rocknroll, free love and LSD.
My friend Pablo, left Uruguay, now lives in London with his family and is a very successful businessman. Shortly after his father died he gifted me a big white book written by his father. In that book I realized the kind of life and wisdom Alberto Caló had. I felt very stupid for not having more hours with him those days of my youth time. In the book, there are many chapters of his visit to Papua New Guinea with incredible pictures of people living in the jungle, in the mountains, far away from the civilization in which I grew.
When I received the confirmation that I had been selected by the SUSI program 2016 and saw the names and countries of my colleagues my eyes blinked for a second when I realized that I would be sharing six weeks with Patrick Matbob. Nothing more far away from Uruguay, in the south of South America, than Papua New Guinea, a country of 7 million people with more than 800 hundred languages, on the other side of the world.
After I have arrived in Athens it resulted that Patrick and I would be together, sharing the department. After some beers and conversation, we became friends. We spoke about our countries, our lives and students, and finally at the end I told him the story of my friend's father Alberto Caló. Immediately I connected him in London using WhatsApp and he sent me immediatly the digitalized pictures of that amazing trip in the early sixties. Together we laid eyes on them and I received lots of information, stories and meanings of those amazing pictures taken by Alberto and his wife Vera at Papua New Guinea more than 50 years ago.
After we finished viewing the photos, I realized I had cancelled my personal debt with Alberto and with my past. Also, encouraged by Patrick`s kindness and friendship. I realized that as long as we are open to let destiny play it`s role, life will always have a new corner with better and mysterious things to come ahead.
Produced & edited by Daniel Supervielle
Food. Tons of food. Bread. Bacon. Eggs. More food. Soda. Sugar. Sauce. More bread. Chicken. Smashed potatoes. Pepsi. Sprite. More cheese. Subway. And more food. No chance to be hungry. Hamburgers. And sausages. And cake. Strawberry cake. Chocolate pie. Bread with garlic. Soup. Creams. More sugar. Honey. Corn flakes. French Bread. Chicken wings. Fried potatoes. And Coca Cola. Big size. ¿Do you want more? Bread. Meat. Pork. Cheese. Roast beef. Sugar. More bread. And cream. ¿Do you want more cream? Eat. Eat. Eat. And bread with butter. And more food. No matter if you are hungry. Eat. More food. And more food. And cream and sugar. And bread. And fried potatoes with vinaigrette and pasta. Pasta with some mushrooms. And sugar. Honey. Natural. Fat milk. Maize. Porridge. Sugar and bread. And also extra cream with nuts. Cashew. More food. Millions of tons of food. Salad. Bread. More bread. Bacon. Fried bacon. Rice. Forgotten de rice. Rice with pieces of lamb. Orange juice. Banana juice and hamburger with cheese and bread. Double size. Triple size. One more dollar extra. Food. More food. I`m not hungry. Eat. Bread with sugar and cakes of tomatoes with soup of bacon with garlic and coca cola with cream of nuts and fried potatoes with boiled eggs and cheese with a strawberry pie and ice cream on the top. Food. Eat. Eat. Eat. Eat.
Friday, July 22, 2016
Thursday, July 21, 2016
Gradually we started to mingle and talk about our culture, society and even the personal matters. We discovered that our problems are similar, our pains are similar. We started cooking inside our apartment. The ingredients we used were almost similar but cooking methods were different, smell and taste of food were different bme. Zac is Muslim, Patrich and Daniel are Christian and I belong to Hindu religion but we all are humans with similar emotions. Somehow, we all are connected; we are different but also the same so we are together now.