This week we travel to South America to visit Chile, one of the longest and narrowest countries in the world. One theory of the origin of the name “Chile” is that it came from the indigenous Mapuche word “chilli”, which means “where the land ends” or “the deepest point of the Earth”. Another interpretation is it came from the Mapuche imitation of a bird call, “cheele cheele”.
This week, we are highlighting the Czech Republic, a landlocked central European country. Of the country’s 10.3 million residents, 1.2 million live in the capital, Prague. Set on the Vltava River and influenced by Romanesque, Gothic, Renaissance, and Baroque eras of architecture, the city has become a draw for writers, musicians, poets, and tourists alike.
This week we celebrate Mali, the largest country in West Africa. It is surrounded by land on all sides, with Niger to the east, Burkina Faso and the Côte d'Ivoire to the south, Guinea to the south-west, Senegal and Mauritania to the west, and Algeria to the north.
Yui Tsuzuki arrived in Durham six months ago with her husband, who is a visiting scholar at the Duke Law School. They call Japan home. In the following interview, Yui shares about her experiences as an International Spouse in the U.S.
How did you feel when you first arrived in the United States? What surprised you?
This week we’re traveling to Southeast Asia to visit Indonesia, the world’s fourth most populated country!
This week, we received a request from a member of our undergraduate international student community. As the only Gambian undergrad at Duke, he suggested that we highlight the flag of the Republic of the Gambia. We thought it was a great idea!
Zimbabwe is set in south-central Africa, between two of the well-known African rivers, the Limpopo and the Zambezi. It won its independence in 1980.
Zimbabwe’s former president, Robert Gabriel Mugabe, was one of the oldest and longest-serving leaders of a non-royal country in the world. He has served as the leader of Zimbabwe for the past 36 years. He was succeeded in 2017.
The Republic of the Philippines is an archipelago in Southeast Asia located between the South China Sea and the Pacific Ocean. The nation is made up of more than 7,641 islands, the largest of which is Luzon. Both the Manila, the capital, and Quezon City, the most populous city, are located on Luzon.
Siddharth Kawadiya is a PhD student studying Environmental Engineering. Following a suggestion from his advisor in India, he decided to come to the U.S. in pursuit of more opportunities in his field. Siddharth has been working with Professor Marc Deshusses in the Pratt School of Engineering’s Sanitation Solutions Department. He started off with only a year-long thesis back in 2015, but ended up enjoying his time here and chose to extend it. Now, he is in his fourth year at Duke!
This week, we’re going to the southeast coast of Africa to celebrate Madagascar, the island that took humans 300,000 years to discover. It was colonized by settlers in 500 AD, 300,000 years after the first appearance of humans in Africa. The island’s secluded coves were historically safe havens for many pirates. Ile Sainte-Marie, four miles off the east coast, was known as “the island of pirates” on maps in the 1600’s.