Category Archives: Kaia

The things you don’t notice

I’d like to say that I’ve been perceptive during my time in South Africa. I’d like to say that I’ve been aware of my surroundings; that I’ve picked up on how I’m treated differently because I’m a American; that I’ve … Continue reading

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Europe in Africa

“This kind of feels like Europe.” During my time in Cape Town I have vocalized this statement at least once and have thought it more often. When I have said or thought it I have been instantly aware of its … Continue reading

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Friendly Greetings?

A group of us are walking down to the waterfront on a sunny Saturday. We walk towards a man yelling “Sea Point, Sea Point, Sea Point,” trying to recruit passengers for a taxi (which is really a van that functions … Continue reading

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34

Have you ever thought about how many people it takes to make a jacket? I had never thought about it either, but I learned the answer this week: 34. Not 34 people in the whole production process, but just 34 … Continue reading

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“Hug your neighbor”

Cape Town is starting to feel more and more like home. I am beginning to learn its rhythms, recognize familiar faces, and move through the city with confidence. However, it is much more than just being comfortable here. This week … Continue reading

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On Being American

By Kaia and Anna We work at the South African Clothing and Textiles Workers Union (SACTWU) with a diverse group of people. Its office is removed from the hustle of downtown life in a part of Cape Town called Woodstock. … Continue reading

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Juxtaposition

This first week in Johannesburg has been a study in contrast and juxtaposition. Each day here I have found myself moving between distinct spaces, hearing conflicting narratives, and interacting with people who occupy very different worlds. The first day began … Continue reading

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