Haha I was just as surprised!!! Facebook & Twitter don’t work though…so sad! Are you still in Taiwan, Amy? I was supposed to go there as well but we changed our tour plans.
Thank you, Kendrick!!! I’m having an amazing time so far. I wish I could live here! :)
It’s been several days since I’ve landed in China and I’m having such an amazing time with my family. It’s definitely a much needed getaway, which is good that it happened instantly right after graduation. I packed three books with me: The Fortune Cookie Chronicles: Adventure in the World of Chinese Food (felt appropriate, lol), God’s Debris: A Thought Experiment, and Six Suspects. I’m almost halfway through the first book so hopefully I’ll have time to finish up the rest before the trip ends. There’s so much traveling and after a while all the roads and streets end up looking the same. At the pace that China’s developing at, it’s basically seeing a Chinese version of the United States. I don’t know what it is about me these days but nothing really seems to excite or surprise me — so I’m definitely looking forward to my journey through the Great Wall tomorrow! Hopefully that will wake me up and appreciate one of the oldest man-made piece of architecture created.
Anyway, I’m so glad Tumblr works in China because Facebook doesn’t! Sad.
As Obama said Sunday night from the East Room of the White House, he had long ago promised to make a priority of bringing Osama bin Laden to justice. Now “justice has been done,” the President said as he announced that a team of American intelligence operatives killed bin Laden in a firefight in Pakistan. His late-night statement—sober, direct, even, at times, thick-tongued with nervousness—rightly avoided any note of triumphalism, any hint of the “U.S.A! U.S.A.!” “Yes We Can!” cheering coming from the crowd outside the White House gates in Lafayette Park. But there could be no mistaking his relief, the national relief, that the symbolic and ideological head of a hideous multinational terror organization, responsible for the deaths of many thousands, was gone at last…
In his brief article for the [Hyde Park] Herald [on September 19, 2001, a week after the collapse of the Twin Towers], Obama… talked talked about “the more difficult task of understanding the sources of such madness.”
“The essence of this tragedy, it seems to me, derives from a fundamental absence of empathy on the part of the attackers: an inability to imagine, or connect with, the humanity and suffering of others,” he wrote. “Such a failure of empathy, such numbness to the pain of a child or the desperation of a parent, is not innate; nor, history tells us, is it unique to a particular culture, religion, or ethnicity….”
“We will have to make sure, despite our rage, that any U.S. military action takes into account the lives of innocent civilians abroad,” he went on. “We will have to be unwavering in opposing bigotry or discrimination directed against neighbors and friends of Middle Eastern descent. Finally, we will have to devote far more attention to the monumental task of raising the hopes of embittered children across the globe—children not just in the Middle East, but also in Africa, Asia, Latin American, Eastern Europe, and within our own shores.”” —David Remnick, The New Yorker (via reenajoyflores)