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A lesson of introspection from 30,000 feet

Posted on Apr 20, 2017

A lesson of introspection from 30,000 feet

I get very excited when I see a real life application of something that I knew in theory. For example, I still remember back in middle school, when my science teacher taught us that water and oil do not mix, I could not wait to go home and try it for myself. At the expense of my mom’s cooking oil, I was amazed at the results as I kept mixing, stirring and shaking in different containers a...

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3 signs you might not be as self-aware as you think

Posted on Oct 20, 2015

Self-awareness is an important component of emotional intelligence (Goleman,2012). To know the values that drive one’s positions in an argument and to know one’s triggers and the types of unconscious responses they produce, are critical to constructive interpersonal communication. Many authors including Siegel (2004), have done incredible work on how to develop self-awareness. They suggest...

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The Other Side

Posted on Jul 20, 2015

  “On the other side, I see no enemy lines On the other side, just one breed of human kind On the other side those who serve love, rule and shine No wars no harms, no guns no crimes On the other side” In this song, I revive the debate on militarism, terrorism and religion. With a play on words, I describe the outcomes of crossing over to the other side. Whether understood as the...

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Parfait in the News

Posted on Apr 4, 2015

Parfait in the News

Out Of Africa, The Vanguard, 2012 Celebrating the power of story, Oregon Live, 2011 Portland’s Parfait Bassale uses the arts to teach...

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Ferguson through the eyes of an African immigrant, father of an African American

Posted on Aug 20, 2014

Last weekend I attended a multicultural event in the Portland area hosted by an amazing organization “Colored Pencils”. During the event, the presenter introduced to an audience of immigrants, representatives from the local police and fire department. In his introductory remarks, he said to the crowd: “these people work for you. They would rather be shot than see you hurt”. In light of the...

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Trayvon Martin: One additional example for why bullying is so pervasive in society.

Posted on Apr 20, 2012

America was split at the verdict given by the jury of the Trayvon Martin vs. George Zimmerman court case earlier last week. Trayvon Martin, an un-armed 17 year old Black American was killed as a result of what now appears to be a fight between him and Mr. Zimmerman. Though accounts differ, it seems that the fight began after Mr. Zimmerman, profiled Trayvon and pursued him. Whether he profiled...

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