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My Personal Stories, Qatar, Qatar Academy

The Moment of Truth VII: “Go back where you came from!”

Reading Time: 5 minutes Another way the universe appeared to have conspired to send me home was the racism it sent my way! 😉 I experienced a lot of harassment and abuse from locals in Baku as well as in Doha. I was also profiled by establishments in both the cities angering me greatly and compounding my depression, as well as adding to my weariness with moving and traveling. Nepal’s attractiveness had been increasing steadily. . . . → Read More: The Moment of Truth VII: “Go back where you came from!”

My Personal Stories

#LifeEh: Oh, The Irony!

Reading Time: 3 minutes One of the many issues I identified growing up in Nepal, which I believed would be the source of many unwarranted struggles to make something of myself, had been my severe lack of social capital. So, I worked really hard to escape from the country. Succeeding in doing so and spending most of my adult life abroad, I practically ensured I would have even less social capital when I finally returned home! #LifeEh! . . . → Read More: #LifeEh: Oh, The Irony!

My Personal Stories, Qatar, Qatar Academy

The Moment of Truth VI: A Universal Conspiracy?

Reading Time: 7 minutes Was the universe putting obstacles in my way to direct me homewards? While I enjoyed both teaching and traveling, issues at work and outside — especially ones based on my nationality and/or skin color — were making it harder and harder for me to continue to do so. With time, I also discovered my options for places I could seek work decreasing. I even lost a job! . . . → Read More: The Moment of Truth VI: A Universal Conspiracy?

My Personal Stories

#LifeEh: Coming Full Circle

Reading Time: 2 minutes Another #LifeEh observation. This one about how I did everything I could to leave behind, “escape” from, and rise above the yoke of the Bhote label…only to return to Nepal as a middle-aged man after spending pretty much all my adult life abroad studying, working, and traveling just to discover I have come full circle! . . . → Read More: #LifeEh: Coming Full Circle

My Personal Stories, Qatar, Qatar Academy

The Moment of Truth V: “The Time Has Come. The Time is Now.”

Reading Time: 8 minutes All the time I was abroad, even while preparing for the eventuality of returning to Nepal, I had never had a timeline. The first time I contemplated a timeline was the Summer of 2009: I gave myself five years. In February 2013, almost four years later, I decided, the time was right to return. Timing was right for a number of reasons, namely, financial, career, weariness with moving, and a little one at home. . . . → Read More: The Moment of Truth V: “The Time Has Come. The Time is Now.”

Nepal, Travel

Traveling in Nepal While Local: Money Talks, Nepalis Walk

Reading Time: 7 minutes Starting in the mid-nineties, I had the opportunity to travel to Nepal as well as live and work in the country briefly. I also traveled and trekked a great deal during that period. Doing so, I learned a great deal about my country and people. As amazing as some of those experiences were, especially the treks, discoveries I made about some of our systems left me wondering if Nepalis are second class citizens in their own country. . . . → Read More: Traveling in Nepal While Local: Money Talks, Nepalis Walk

My Personal Stories

“Oh, What’s in A Name?”

Reading Time: 8 minutes I used to really feel uncomfortable introducing myself as “Dorje Gurung” to fellow Nepalis as a young student growing up in Nepal in the eighties.
I still do…but for the exact opposite reason!
I may just have found a way around it thoug! . . . → Read More: “Oh, What’s in A Name?”

Social Justice

From a White American Friend to Her Fellow White Americans on Addressing Racism

Reading Time: 5 minutes A reproduction of a really challenging and resourceful Facebook post by a White American friend of mine for White Americans about being White and addressing racism. I hope you find this as useful as I have, in spite of NOT being white, nor American. . . . → Read More: From a White American Friend to Her Fellow White Americans on Addressing Racism

Social Justice, Social Media

Propaganda Vilifying Madhesis

Reading Time: 4 minutes How much hatred must you have or feel for a people to vilify them like this?! These acts can’t be chalked up to just simple ignorance. . . . → Read More: Propaganda Vilifying Madhesis

My Personal Stories

Sometimes You Just Can’t Win…and That’s OK

Reading Time: 6 minutes How people are in some respects — and also how power dynamics — work don’t change with time. Should you suffer in some way because of that, hardly any of it is about you AND as such you can’t do anything about it really. And that’s ok! . . . → Read More: Sometimes You Just Can’t Win…and That’s OK

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