The Language of Nepal (Assessment)

“He who knows no foreign languages knows nothing of his own.” — Johann Wolfgang von Goethe I am Indonesian by birth and spent half my life in the Arab World. I know English, Indonesian, Arabic, and I studied French. Arabic, for example, has its words loaned in the other languages I speak, and through learning […]

Tradition and Essentialism (Assessment)

The identity of places is very much bound up with the histories which are told of them, how those histories are told, and which history turns out to be dominant. — Doreen Massey. In this blog post, I am going to talk about essentialism. Place essentialiasm promotes the idea of innate or internal ‘essence’ of […]

Mount Everest as a Symbol (Assessment)

We live in a whirl of symbols, and to make sense of the world around us, even as children, we need to become experts in attaching appropriate meanings to an immense range of images, logos, numbers and signs — From Land of Symbols by Melissa Harper and Richard White. Symbols of countries and ordinal things […]

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