Tattooing is the most misunderstood art form in Japan today. Looked down upon for centuries and rarely discussed in social circles, people with tattoos are outcasts in this country, banned from most public spaces such as beaches, bathhouses, and even gyms. Tattoos have an extensive history in Japan, and to truly understand the stigma behind them it is essential to be aware of their significance. The first records of tattoos...Read More
Hi Effie, can you tell us a bit about yourself?
I was born in China during the one-child policy and adopted into a Finnish-English family. I spent a lot of my childhood traveling between South America and Europe before settling in Finland to complete my primary education. I have a particular interest in literature and studying cultures. However, nothing beats a good time with a few good friends having a long conversation about any random topic of the day.
What have been the highlights of your TGS experience, both academically and non-academically?
As cliche as it sounds, the people are the highlight of my TGS experience. Without them, my experience would have been entirely different. Both staff and students have been there for me, watched me succeed, fail, and everything in between. All these bonds and friendships I have formed in the last three years will not just disappear. I will always somehow be connected to the TGS family.
Do you have a favorite teacher-led module or personal project that you’ve worked on?
All the projects and modules I have worked on have been meaningful and insightful. Each project has challenged me and brought a new aspect of who I am, allowing me to grow from the experience. However, if I were to pick a favorite module, it would have to be either Activism and Social Justice in Australia or Biocache in Mexico. Both provided me with unforgettable experiences.
Do you have anything that you’d like to share with prospective students?
The only advice that I would share is to stay curious and honest with yourself. There is no textbook manual you can follow throughout your time at TGS, so have fun, explore and ask questions. You will meet the most amazing people and form friendships that will transcend borders.