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a need for boundaries + crossings

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I get off around 6:00 or 6:30 and I usually don’t get home until 7:30 or later. My wife is the same way. At that point, neither of us really feel like cooking, and the closest place to buy vegetables is several blocks away. Honestly, at that time of night, I’m not sure where the closest place to buy vegetables is. What often happens is that we either eat at a Muslim noodle shop over and over again, eat instant noodles or eat McDonald’s. These are the kinds of food that don’t make s sick from the oil that is used. When we do buy vegetables and cook for ourselves, sometimes the veggies, particularly the cucumber has this horrible chemical taste to it. On the south side of the city, we’ve learned about one organic foods CSA program. The farmer emails on Monday with this week’s selection, drives down from the north side of the city and delivers, Tuesday during the day for CBD and most ex-pats, Wednesday during the day for the rest of the city. We’d like to use it, but the problem is, you need to pay cash on delivery, and we’re not home during the day. I thought about asking my neighbors. My wife said not to do it because there is money involved and it will be awkward. Add to that, that in the 8 months I’ve lived in this apartment I’ve never said a word to any of my neighbors in the apartment complex. Even my roommates don’t complain to me if I’m too loud skyping home, they tell the police.  But its not just that I’m a foreigner. Repeatedly my former students who were born outside Beijing have lamented that they have gone years without talking to their neighbors, the bonds they found in the country to not apply in the city. Similarly Li Zhang in her work on Kunming suburbs in southwest China has also documented that Chinese do not interact with their neighbors for lack of trust, they don’t know where they got the money to buy their apartment.

This is why boundaries + crossings is starting on a new project that looks at the challenges and opportunities for creating new cities, both to offer ideas for those stuck in the rut of eating junk food after work and as a means of trying to foster bonds with those living closest to you. Its hard to create a neighborhood if you don’t talk to anyone that lives around you.

What we are doing, is looking for people to tell their stories, their struggles and their victories of how they are able to make their lives and the lives of those around them healthier. We believe that there are people that want more than spending hours on a bus or subway, eating instant noodles at night. That is why we want to look at not only how we can create more opportunities for eating healthy tasty local food, but also looking at how we can travel less, work close to home, spend more time in one’s community playing with your children and laughing with your neighbors. If you’re interested, contact us at info@boundariesandcrossings.org.

 

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The multimedia journal boundaries + crossings is beginning a two year bi-lingual project sharing the stories of people trying to create healthier cities; beginning with Beijing and New York. We are looking to publish online, in print and on the street.

BOUNDARIES + Crossings 是一本多媒体双语种刊物,目前正在实施一个为期两年的旨在为读者分享体验健康宜居城市经验的项目,初期在北京和纽约开始,我们期望期刊能够从在线出版到印刷成册并使(热心人士)在街面上可以看到。

We plan to interrupt the digital transmissions and to create new transmissions, to get people talking to each other in their communities. We are not publishing the stories of some distant place, but the stories right in Beijing and New York; Daxing talking to Shunyi, Brooklyn talking to the Bronx.

我们计划打破以往的数字传输模式并取之以新的方式,给居住在社区的人们互相谈论他们的想法提供机会。我们刊出的内容都是发生在北京或者纽约居民社区内的故事,比如在大兴区的和在顺义区之间的居民的对话,同样类似的在布鲁克林区和布朗克斯区之间的互动。

Our first issue looks at stories of food, what we eat and how we eat it and what it says about how we live in our cities. We are looking for the stories of the food growers, the food transporters, the sellers. We are looking for the stories of what we eat, what time we eat and where we eat. The stories can be academic, poetry, prose, audio recordings, moving and still images. All material will be translated into Chinese and English as needed.

我们首要关注的是食品有关的报道,比如我们吃什么,怎么吃,以及和我们如何生活在这个城市的相关联的内容。我们期望查找得到食品的产地的信息,中间运输过程的信息,以及销售商的信息。我们关注我们自己吃的东西,吃的时间,以及吃的地点。这些信息可以是纯学术分析的,也可以是其它题材形式,比如诗歌,散文,或者是谈话录音,还有移动的或者是静止的图片影像。

boundaries + crossings
boundaries + crossings is a multidisciplinary journal published by imagining global asia (iga) that showcases the beauty and struggles of daily life through creative and scholarly work. Started in 2007 with a focus on the people and cultures of Asia, boundaries explores contemporary issues from culture to politics and looks concretely at these issues through the experiences of people’s daily lives. Past work has looked at Vietnamese-Americans visiting Vietnam, the Korean Diaspora in Argentina and the boundaries created by one’s accent in New York. We publish online, in print and on the street; the multimedia web form of the journal addresses the dynamic and disjunct nature of our object of study.
boundaries + crossings
b+c 是一本综合刊物,旨在展示人们通过日常的创新和学术的探究所表现出的美好与奋斗精神。该项目开始于2007年,专注于亚洲的人与文化并深入贯穿人们的日常生活,挖掘从文化到政治层面的相关题材。期刊以往工作重点关注过美籍越南人对祖国的访问,韩国海外侨民在阿根廷的生活,本期刊为此在纽约创建了“一个声音“平台。我们的期刊在线出版,有印刷文本并在街面上可以看到;期刊的多媒体网站表现了我们项目充满活力以及对文化的广泛性的研究。

imagining global asia
imagining global asia (iga) is an educational organization dedicated to promoting the stories of Asia; investigating the challenges, victories and shifting identities of Asian cultures and people in a global world. With a strong emphasis on media, and strengths in international affairs and the social sciences iga explores the fields of the arts, business, culture, education and policy to provide insights, idea innovation, and promote collaboration to address the challenges of daily life in a global world.iga was founded in the fall of 2006 by Ahmet Sibdial Sau, Anushay Anjum, Chris Eberhardt, and Sri Peddu while studying at The New School in New York.

iga 是一家面向亚洲的教育推广机构。主要工作是调查亚洲人及其文化在世界范围内出现的挑战,成功以及他们在文化识别等方面的转换。凭借着对媒体的强大优势以及对国际事物和社会科学各个学科的研究实力,iga擅长提出真知灼见,
提供创新思路并鼓励合作去应对世界范围内来自日常生活的挑战,所涉及领域包括艺术,商业,文化,教育和政策。 iga于2006年秋季在 Ahmet Sibdial Sau, Anushay Anjum, Chris Eberhardt, Sri Peddu几位同学的参与下正式成立,他们当时就读于纽约的THE NEW SCHOOL.