On moving back to the “homeland”

Toronto summers are incredible — but every winter when the temperature hits -20, I ask my parents why they left our tropical homeland of Trinidad. Of course I know their reasons, but I have sometimes wondered what it would be like to return “home.”

My friend Tiffany knows. Born and raised in the USA, she’s moved back to live and work in Hong Kong, the homeland her parents left.

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Cindy Chen

Cindy Chen: On travelling solo and gaining confidence along the way

Cindy Chen is a friend from my undergraduate days. She’s currently on an amazing solo trip around the world, and I’ve found it so heartening to speak with her and learn about her adventures and emotional journey– I thought other people might find her story just as inspiring. Cindy was kind enough to answer a few questions about herself and her trip — this is a travel tale, from a different voice.

A different voice

Browsing through my favourite section of a local bookstore (adventure and literary travel) , I noticed that the vast majority of books displayed were written by authors with Western names, that there were few authors whose names weren’t European or of European heritage (to be honest, I don’t recall seeing a single book by an author with an…