India’s Nalanda University once attracted students and researchers from all of Asia until it was destroyed by invaders in 1193. A once thriving center of education for hundreds of years is planning to once again establish its place in the scholarly world, focusing on the humanities, economics and management, Asian integration, sustainable development and “oriental” languages.
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The writer George Orwell was also born in Bihar, northern India
You are Hazara. Your name actually means “thousand,” and you are reliving your own founding myth. You look Asian because your ancestors in Afghanistan were Buddhist pilgrims, or because you descended from Genghis Khan, or both — this is a contested historical point.
You are Muslim, but you are Shia. What this means is that in Afghanistan, you believed in the right God, but the wrong way. In Iran you believed the right way, but looked wrong. In Iraq, and now in Syria, you were wrong in both ways.
You have never been too comfortable in the places you live because you’ve always looked different. And you have always been under suspicion because you believe differently. Those of you with features mild enough to pass as other ethnicities often try to…
Fernando Kuroda didn’t like eating chankonabe at first, because he was forced to eat so much of the thick stew that he would get sick and could barely walk.
"They would just fill me up and fill me up with food, or I wasn’t allowed to leave the table."
But that was the life of a (relatively) small 15-year-old who had moved into sumo wrestler training quarters in Tokyo to study with a master.
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