• International Voices,  Keepin' It Real

    Across the Sea

    Hi APC! My name is Ariella Delapena. Most of the time I just go by Ari. I’m 17 and Filipino. I’m Christian and I’m a military child, so obviously I move around often. With that being said, it’s kind of hard for me to explain where I’m from. I was born in Bremerton, Washington and soon after my family and I moved to Temecula, California. I stayed there for half of 3rd grade. For the rest of elementary school, I moved to San Diego, California. I spent my middle school years in Guam. Essentially, I really feel like I grew as a person on that island. Even though it was…

  • International Voices,  Keepin' It Real,  Writing

    On Gender Issues In Zimbabwe

    Hello everyone! Before I begin, allow me to introduce myself. My name is Bekezela and I am 17 years old. I am a born Zimbabwean of Zulu origin. But most importantly, in terms of this article, I am female. Being female and commenting on gender issues in Zimbabwe can be difficult. Difficult because like every other female in my country, my experience has been, for the most part, terrible. To put it simply, Zimbabwe (the land I love beyond what can be explained) has a big gender issue. It is a sexist nation that has since the beginning of time put excessive effort into glorifying the male. Misogyny runs deep…

  • Art,  International Voices

    Censored

    My name is Matilda Tran & I’m a Vietnamese international student at Miss Hall’s School in Pittsfield, Massachusetts. I’m a lover of art & I work in several mediums: photography—mostly experimental—, drawing, fabric/textile, and music. Photography is my main platform and I’m currently focusing on capturing/triggering the feeling of awkwardness and tension. “Censored” is a photography project I’ve been working on that explores my experience and observation of the suppression of women across the different cultures that I have been raised in, namely the American culture and Southeast Asian culture. I seek to use the different types of flowers to symbolize the expectations that surround girls as we grow up,…

  • International Voices,  Writing

    Only Love, not Hate

    Luiza Vilanova is a high schooler from Brazil. The definition of multi-talented, Luiza is a writer for the publication Around the World and is also the founder and CEO of the community outreach initiative Gotinhas do Bem. In addition, Luiza is also a skilled writer. Below is an excerpt from a narrative that she wrote, detailing the racial polarization of Apartheid through the eyes of a white highschooler.  From my bedroom window, I could see through the darkness and gaze down at the hoards of fleeing people. The new policy of “good neighborliness” had come to fruition, and the first signs of the nightmare to which blacks would be subjected were already…

  • International Voices

    Imagine all the People

    Xianting is a student at Brookstone Highschool in Georgia. Moving across the world to a new country can be hard, not to mention experiencing overwhelming prejudice once you arrived. Let’s dive into her story. Three years ago, I moved to Georgia from Guangzhou China with mounting excitement and curiosity to experience “Southern life”. But instead, I experienced judgment, misunderstanding and was truly mocked for the first time of my life. Due to this, I began to contemplate the pressing need for communication between classes, races, parties. My past has given me the strength to share my own thoughts and experiences about diversity. The town in which I live is predominately…