Art, Science, and the Vanishing Amazon

• Dispatch #23 • Some thoughts about spending 10 days in the Amazon jungle—and what it means for me as an artist. One of the most life-changing experiences I’ve had was being in the Amazon for ten days. From a distance, the forest may seem like a big uniform patch of green, but the Amazon … Continue reading Art, Science, and the Vanishing Amazon

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The Island of 18,000 Gods: Rocks and Stories from Jeju

• Dispatch #20 • Jeju's geology shapes the island's stories. For the most part, I travel to new places to hear their stories. There are stories that only people can tell. And there are those that their fashion, food, architecture, and other facets of culture can narrate beautifully, without the need for anyone speaking. And … Continue reading The Island of 18,000 Gods: Rocks and Stories from Jeju

Mermaids among Us: The Haenyeo of Jeju

• Dispatch #19 • Meet Jeju's sea women and how they are the stewards of the ocean.  Jeju is famously abundant for three things: wind, stones, and women. The last one refers to one of their treasures: Jeju's haenyeo, literally "sea women", female divers who take to the ocean to catch abalone, clams, and seaweed without any special diving … Continue reading Mermaids among Us: The Haenyeo of Jeju

A Life with the Wind: Lessons from Old Jeju on Climate Resilience

• Dispatch #18 • Jeju is no stranger to strange weather. The design and architecture of the Seongeup Folk Village reflect the region's resilience. The fog painted the horizon and it looked like a grandmother's vision without glasses. I was in Jeju, a mythical island in South Korea. It was like being in another world. … Continue reading A Life with the Wind: Lessons from Old Jeju on Climate Resilience

Bukit Brown: The Disappearing Graveyard

• Dispatch #12 • In 2013, I visited one of Singapore's former cemeteries. It must seem like an odd thought, but I think cemeteries are some of the most peaceful places in the world. One of these is Bukit Brown Cemetery, the biggest Chinese graveyard outside of China. I should probably write “was” as Bukit … Continue reading Bukit Brown: The Disappearing Graveyard

50 Shades of Green: Nature Walks in Singapore

• Dispatch #11 • I walk through some of the greenest places in Singapore. Everything grows in Singapore—at least those that can thrive in high temperatures. The muggy, equatorial heat clings to anything alive, coaxing their cells to grow and multiply, turning the Lion City into a lush garden, where the only things that can … Continue reading 50 Shades of Green: Nature Walks in Singapore