My cousin Ton-Ton, in the middle, who passed his board exams for nursing in the Philippines earlier this year. I have a feeling for why I’m posting this, but the feeling is mostly preverbal right now. Also, I love the color in the photo. (Source: Ton-Ton’s mom (my mom’s sister) in my Facebook feed. Original photographer unknown, but kuddos to everyone bradz.)
The lockstep choreography and movement in things like this always get me. It reminds me of how I found the National Theatre of Scotland’s Black Watch (a play staged like a fashion show with loud music and movement pieces) so profound I had to see it twice when it came to Seattle.
"People are arriving in this whole new alien place in which they had to adjust in all sorts of ways. They’re coming here specifically to make money. So it takes a particularly kind of individual to do that. It takes somebody who is already self-selecting. So you’re looking at a population that has, you know, the tools: the sort of entrepreneurial, adventurous, pioneering spirit, personality, mentality. And so that already prepares them to undertake this incredibly risky process—investment if you will. I must hasten to add, by the way, that not everybody succeeded."