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US in Leipzig: sweet & sour or bitter medicine?

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Sociologist Helena Flam ponders possible intepretations or reasons for the appointment of a former refugee from Minsk, married to his same-sex partner, as the new US Consul to Leipzig.

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Refugees Welcome: Returning from “bella Italia”

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Prof. Helena Flam vividly tells her accidental journey with refugees from Italy to Germany.

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On the lovely people of Japan

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Reenactment of old Japanese ceremony in Kyoto. (Photo: Helena Flam; photo editing: Ana Ribeiro)

Before you know it, they spot your helplessness, adopt you and run your life.

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Bitten by mosquitoes in Hong Kong

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“I thought back to my own noble discomfort at treating the poverty of others as a tourist attraction.”

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Happy in Hong Kong (Part I of series)

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Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery, Hong Kong. (Photo: Ana Ribeiro)

“So much light, so many happy people, a hotel just next to densely squeezed, Michelin-starred hot food stalls on the nearest street corner, and a burgundy shoe box shop offering all sorts of strange liquids and jellies.”

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Accidentally kidnapped in Belfast

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One wrong turn can lead to discovering the reality of living in a place.

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