Last week you might have read about why I love your blog! To continue this series of posts on blogs I love, let's look outward from the U.S. Blogging is a great way to change your information feed so that you look, not just outside your own country, but outside of your own language.
Here's some bloggers who are writing from, or about, countries that aren't primarily English-speaking. The Global Voices Online blog and The WIP are two good entry points to find bloggers outside the U.S. who blog in English or who are translated into English. Enjoy!
House on a Hill is a multi-part blog written by Connie Veneracion. She writes about: breakfast, being a sassy lawyer, living in Manila in her dream home, her kids, and photography. She has a food blog, Pinoy Cook's Home Cooking Rocks! and another, Feast Asia, on food, entertainment, arts and culture, and travel. I always feel like it's like a total jackpot when I find someone who writes about 16 different blogs. You can tell a person like that never stops thinking and thus is going to have something interesting to say on any subject!
Over on Global Voices, Oiwan Lam wrote this week about the candle light vigil in Hong Kong on June 4 to commemorate the 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre. Bloggers in Hong Kong are paying attention to which news media outlets covered that vigil and which didn't. Oiwan fought a legal battle against censorship in 2007 -- you can read a good description of the case on Rebecca McKinnon's blog.
From The WIP, here's a post by Lijia Zhang, Long Hair Drama, part 4 from a series of posts adapted from her book Socialism Is Great! - A Worker's Memoir of the New China. She goes deep into her perspective on her long-haired male friend and his rebel attitude, and has such vivid description of her life as a factory worker in Nanjing:
Two sentries stood at the factory gate, still as robots. When I passed, I stepped off my bike, right foot brushing the ground like a dragonfly skimming water, before getting back in the saddle. I had quickly learnt not to bother showing my work pass. “Warmly congratulate the successful launch of the carrier rocket,” read a massive sign papered over the entrance above the sentries’ heads, the bold red characters fading into pink after so much rain.
Aung San Suu Kyi won the Nobel Peace Prize and was elected Prime Minister of Myanmar in 1990. She's been under house arrest for almost 20 years . Bloggers and social media users have organized an online effort to collect messages and video for Dr. Suu Kyi's 64th birthday, at http://64forsuu.org. Thanks to Mong Palatino and Global Voices for the link!
In one of those beautiful sidetracks of reading that spiral out from reading nearly any blog post, I just followed Yoko Ono on Twitter, because she's participating in the 64forsuu.org project, and I love Yoko. Whether you love her or not, you shouldn't miss one of the best feminist analyses of pop culture on any blog, the 5-part series on Yoko Ono, by Cara, from The Curvature. So I can't resist linking to that blog and that series.
If you're a fan of more personal and less directly political blogs, you might really like reading Yemi's blog, Don't Eat My Buchela! She's an Ethiopian-American mom and teacher, living in northern China, teaching English to Korean-Chinese students. I love her photos and her details of daily life, but mostly, her observations of her curious, busy children as they explore and learn. She seems to slow down time in her photo essays of brief but important moments, like her child studying a dandelion.
Homeworked is another blog by an expat. She's a Filipina expatriate who lives in Germany with her husband and two children. Sometimes she writes bilingually in Tagalog and English or delves into her thoughts on the Philippines, home and family; sometimes about her kids and what kindergarten is like in Germany. Happy 40th birthday, raqgold!
Do you read blogs from a country or language that isn't your own? If you have favorite blogs that aren't US-centric please let me and BlogHer's readers know in the comments! I'm going to be on the lookout for great blogs by women from all over the world.
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