I just returned to the States from South Korea on the 10th. I was in Seoul doing a promotional run for the documentary I’ve been shooting for the past 9 months. We did a morning tv show that’ll be aired in late February, and did photo shoots and interviews with several magazines and a newspaper. To give you a little background, “Homo Academicus” is a new documentary series on the Korean Broadcasting System (KBS) that I’ve been co-hosting in between school and other commitments since the beginning of summer in 2012. Along with 3 other Harvard students (Brian ’14, Jenny ’13, and Lilli ’11), I traveled to various countries around the world to observe how cultural differences, privileges, and inequities affect education and styles of learning. Between the 4 of us, we’ve traveled to China, Japan, India, Israel, South Korea, and Uganda, visiting schools, interviewing students, and immersing ourselves in the rich culture of each of the countries. It was a once in a lifetime opportunity for which we’re all incredibly grateful. It won’t be released until March 2013 on KBS and possibly BBC, but I thought I’d share a sneak peak of it with you all. Check out the video above.
Do what you love.
"The Cold Within"
Six humans trapped by happenstance
In dark and bitter cold
Each possessed a stick of wood—
Or so the story’s told.
Their dying fire in need of logs,
But the first one held hers back,
For, of the faces around the fire,
She noticed one was black.
The next one looked cross the way
Saw one not of his church,
And could not bring himself to give
The fire his stick of birch.
The third one sat in tattered clothes
He gave his coat a hitch,
Why should his log be put to use
To warm the idle rich?
The rich man just sat back and thought
Of wealth he had in store,
And keeping all that he had earned
From the lazy, shiftless poor.
The black man’s face bespoke revenge
As the fire passed from his sight,
For he saw in his stick of wood
A chance to spite the white.
And the last man of this forlorn group
Did nought except for gain,
Giving just to those who gave
Was how he played the game,
Their sticks held tight in death’s stilled hands
Was proof enough of sin;
They did not die from cold without—
They died from cold within.
Everyone should pick up Dia’s album. I wrote about her a while back, and again, she’s one of the most talented and humble people I know. Long story short, I was out on Warped Tour with her band a few years ago, and she was the runner-up on NBC’s “The Voice” last year. “Red” was released today on Universal Republic Records and it’s got some awesome music on it! Check it out!