Eat the World – Food in Europe versus America – by Ana María Camelo Vega. The North Star Reports: Global Citizenship and Digital Literacy, at NorthStarReports.org and facebook.com/NorthStarReports

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Eat the World – Food in Europe versus America – by Ana María Camelo Vega. The North Star Reports: Global Citizenship and Digital Literacy, at NorthStarReports.org and facebook.com/NorthStarReports

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Most of us have fond memories of our childhood. Growing up, few things sticks to us as strong as food did. Whether it was your mom’s homemade key lime pie, or a gross mixture you did not even know what was in it, food has always been key to transporting and evolving our senses in time. Growing up in Colombia I was exposed to, of course, the typical Colombian food. It was later on when I started trying different foods. Clearly, it has been a process of getting to know what you like and what you do not. Nevertheless, what I think is the most amazing thing about food is all that it implies.

I personally think food itself is a whole…

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A Foreign Sporting Experience – Gaelic Football – by Allison Brennhofer. The North Star Reports: Global Citizenship and Digital Literacy, at NorthStarReports.org and facebook.com/NorthStarReports

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A Foreign Sporting Experience – Gaelic Football – by Allison Brennhofer. The North Star Reports: Global Citizenship and Digital Literacy, at NorthStarReports.org and facebook.com/NorthStarReports

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[Part of the crowd watching the match. I wish I had been smart enough to have brought a hat with me to Ireland]

I would like to preface this entire piece by saying I am not an avid sports fan. I will watch baseball (my favorite, by far, of the sports my family watches) when it’s on. I’ve even gone to quite a few baseball games. Other sports are where my attention begins to wane. Soccer interests me, but I couldn’t care less about American football. All information collected in this piece is put together by myself and a few other students in Ireland with me, who also know very little about Gaelic football.

Our wonderful bus driver, Owen, apparently knows everyone in Ireland or at…

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Call for Reviewers: The Middle Ground Journal: World History and Global Studies

Call for Reviewers: The Middle Ground Journal: World History and Global Studies

From: Hong-Ming Liang, The College of St. Scholastica, HLIANG@CSS.EDU

The Middle Ground Journal, (http://themiddlegroundjournal.org) an open-access scholarly journal of world history and global studies, is seeking qualified reviewers. For the list of the books, see: https://middlegroundjournal.com/book-review-department-the-middle-ground-journal/ These reviews are due on August 1, 2017.

To apply, please email the title/author(s) of the book, your contact information, and your CV to Professor Hong-Ming Liang at HLIANG@css.edu. We will only ship books to institutional address (i.e., no residential address), and we will only ship books to reviewers in the US and Canada. It will require several weeks to process the requests. Because of the volume of correspondence, we are unable to acknowledge every e-mail. The link above will be periodically updated regarding the status of the reviews — including designated reviewers, editing status, and reviews that are late or missing. These reviews are scheduled for publication during 2018 and later. Please study the journal’s Submission Guidelines page before applying.

Hong-Ming Liang, Ph.D., Chief Editor, The Middle Ground Journal, Associate Professor of History and Politics, The College of St. Scholastica, Duluth, USA See the journal’s curated facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/middlegroundjournal The Middle Ground Journal is housed at The College of St. Scholastica and published by the Midwest World History Association.

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Arriving in Ireland – by Allison Brennhofer. The North Star Reports: Global Citizenship and Digital Literacy, at NorthStarReports.org and facebook.com/NorthStarReports

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Arriving in Ireland – by Allison Brennhofer. The North Star Reports: Global Citizenship and Digital Literacy, at NorthStarReports.org and facebook.com/NorthStarReports

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It took eighteen hours of travel, over two planes and one bus that hurtled quite precariously through the narrow lanes of Irish roads, but our group of sixteen students and two professors made it to Ireland unscathed.

The first flight, Minneapolis to Newark, raised my hopes that I wouldn’t experience the pain I’ve likened in the past to being stabbed in both ears by screwdrivers. I shouldn’t have been so optimistic because the descent into Ireland made me think my eardrums were slightly away from rupturing the entire 40-minute descent. Other than that, the flights were rather fun. The man I sat next to first was the perfect seat partner, we exchanged a head nod when he sat next to me and we didn’t speak for the rest of the…

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Spring Semester in Ireland – Arrival – by Victoria Hansen. The North Star Reports: Global Citizenship and Digital Literacy, at NorthStarReports.org and facebook.com/NorthStarReports

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Spring Semester in Ireland – Arrival – by Victoria Hansen. The North Star Reports: Global Citizenship and Digital Literacy, at NorthStarReports.org and facebook.com/NorthStarReports

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[The beach near the cottage and the rainbow that I saw on that first day of exploring]

I have always been the type of person that would rather sit at home and hang out with family then go out and do things with people my age. I would say I am what you call a “home body.” That must be why my family was so surprised when I told them I had applied to travel to Louisburgh, Ireland for three in a half months in the spring of 2017. When I first applied and even when I got my acceptance letter to the program, it didn’t feel like something that was ever actually going to happen. Even as I hugged my mother goodbye in front of the…

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Review of The Third Asiatic Invasion: Empire and Migration in Filipino America, 1898-1946 by Rick Baldoz New York University Press

The Third Asiatic Invasion: Empire and Migration in Filipino America, 1898-1946. Rick Baldoz. New York: New York University Press, 2010. ISBN: 9780841791097

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Edited by Ashley Dressel

(c) 2017 The Middle Ground Journal, Number 14, Spring, 2017. http://TheMiddleGroundJournal.org See Submission Guidelines page for the journal’s not-for-profit educational open-access policy.

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Taiwan – Taiwanese Bubble Tea and Beyond – by Megan Beckerich. The North Star Reports: Global Citizenship and Digital Literacy, at NorthStarReports.org and facebook.com/NorthStarReports

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Taiwan – Taiwanese Bubble Tea and Beyond – by Megan Beckerich. The North Star Reports: Global Citizenship and Digital Literacy, at NorthStarReports.org and facebook.com/NorthStarReports

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If you have the chance to visit a trendy café or restaurant, you may happen to spot something on the menu called bubble tea, or boba tea, depending on the area. Exploding in popularity worldwide in the past decade, this tasty and unique beverage has an interesting history behind it and very noticeable effects on contemporary tea culture in the world. bubble tea is a recent phenomenon, originating in Taiwan in the 1980s. Originally found in Taichung (western Taiwan) this drink was a creative risk taken by a man named Lin Hsiu Hui, inspired by Japanese cold tea serving methods, and immediately became a smash hit spawning a very popular beverage that would…

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Dominican Republic – Friendship Across National Borders – by Eleni Birhane. The North Star Reports: Global Citizenship and Digital Literacy, at NorthStarReports.org and facebook.com/NorthStarReports

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Dominican Republic – Friendship Across National Borders – by Eleni Birhane. The North Star Reports: Global Citizenship and Digital Literacy, at NorthStarReports.org and facebook.com/NorthStarReports

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I met my now very dear friend Diana at the beginning of fall semester 2016. Almost instantly we became close; both of us wondered why we had not been friends until then. Not even half way through the semester, Diana suggested I go to the Dominican Republic with her to visit her family. I immediately accepted, how could I refuse such an offer! Once I had made the arrangements, she informed her family that I would be joining her on her trip for winter break. She told me that they were all happy and excited that I was coming. I knew that if they were anything like her (she stressed that they were) they would be extremely welcoming and hospitable, so I had no worries.

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Review of Migration: A World History by Michael Fisher Oxford University Press

Migration: A World History. Michael Fisher. Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press, 2014. ISBN: 9780199764334

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Edited by Karen Rosenflanz

(c) 2017 The Middle Ground Journal, Number 14, Spring, 2017. http://TheMiddleGroundJournal.org See Submission Guidelines page for the journal’s not-for-profit educational open-access policy.

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My Family Has a Website?!? – Migration, Anniversary, Rituals, Family History- by Thomas Landgren. The North Star Reports: Global Citizenship and Digital Literacy, at NorthStarReports.org and facebook.com/NorthStarReports

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My Family Has a Website?!? – Migration, Anniversary, Rituals, Family History- by Thomas Landgren. The North Star Reports: Global Citizenship and Digital Literacy, at NorthStarReports.org and facebook.com/NorthStarReports

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This summer we celebrated my Grandparents 60th wedding anniversary. Since this was such a momentous occasion all of my family members on my mom’s side, all 75 of us got together and had a little celebration. It’s always hard to get all of the families together and when it happens we have a tradition where we go through all of the pictures that the aunts and uncles took over our childhoods that we spent together. My oldest sister took charge of the tradition this year and this really sparked her interest into looking deeper into our family history. Luckily I took Professor Liang’s Introduction to World History II this last semesters so we already had a decent amount of information to go off…

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