Flying Saucer Lessons: Teaching English and Ultimate Frisbee in Malaysia

Guest Article by Jonathan Christensen St. Olaf College Ultimate Frisbee, or just Ultimate, is a new sport still foreign to most Americans. In it, teams of seven compete on a football size field to move the frisbee, or disc, into the opposing team’s end zone. As a self-officiated sport, where the players are their own … Continue reading Flying Saucer Lessons: Teaching English and Ultimate Frisbee in Malaysia

Vegetarian in all the wrong places

Guest Article by Jacob Grubman University of Chicago ETA Jake Grubman keeps it classy while enjoying some roti The dish was piled high with rice, green beans, cucumber slices, finely chopped apple, fermented soy, and a generous splash of peanut sauce. Across the table sat another dish of steamed vegetables, along with the remainder of … Continue reading Vegetarian in all the wrong places

Draw Dance Revolution: Connecting with Malaysian Students Through the Arts

Guest Article by Tina Lee Seattle University SMK Anjung Batu Earth Day Mural. Completed in April 2012 Mersing, Johor is known as a sleepy beach town, however the students at SMK Anjung Batu have shown me that they are bright, creative and they love to dance!    I knew it would be challenging to communicate with … Continue reading Draw Dance Revolution: Connecting with Malaysian Students Through the Arts

I Love the Smell of English in the Morning

Guest Article by Owen Cortner New Mexico State University   “Ewww, smelly.” These were the first words uttered by Adam, a Standard 4 student from SK Cherok Paloh (SKCP), upon entering the gates of the farm of Dato’ Sri’ Muhammad Safian bin Ismail in Kampung Cherok Paloh. Located 30 kilometers south of Kuantan, Pahang, the … Continue reading I Love the Smell of English in the Morning

Nasi Goreng U.S.A.: a Mini-Documentary

Fulbright ETAs Hannah Carr and Davina Chen were featured in a Malaysian TV documentary on TV3 on July 7, 2012. (The popular stall food nasi goreng U.S.A. actually has nothing to do with America, rather it refers to the dish's ingredients of udang, sotong, and ayam - shrimp, squid, and chicken - but we won't … Continue reading Nasi Goreng U.S.A.: a Mini-Documentary

Becoming Cikgu Rachael

Guest Article by Rachael Chesley St. Mary's College of Notre Dame I pull into my school parking lot on my pink motor scooter while wearing a bright, floral baju kurung. The security guard smiles with a light wave and I shout, “Selamat Pagi!” As I pull carefully into “my spot” at the shaded corner of … Continue reading Becoming Cikgu Rachael

Sharing Culture Through Sports

  Guest Article by Kate Wiley Scripps College   At the beginning of my Fulbright journey, back in October of 2011, I wracked my brain for a way to share American culture with my Malaysian students in a fun and meaningful way. It was suggested to me that I share uniquely American traditions or holidays, such … Continue reading Sharing Culture Through Sports

Guest Article: Malaysian Cooking Classes – A Recipe for Better Cross-Cultural Understanding

by Blake Phillips Pomona College One of the clichés of traveling around the world is that food is an important part of pretty much every society.  However, there are certain societies in which food takes on an outsize role due to a combination of cultural, historical, religious, and economic factors.  Malaysia happens to be one … Continue reading Guest Article: Malaysian Cooking Classes – A Recipe for Better Cross-Cultural Understanding