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Coping with a bipolar father living in rural Bhutan

In February, I received a call from my second brother in Nichula, Bhutan, telling me that my father was experiencing another manic episode - a condition he has suffered from for more than 23 years without receiving any medical attention. This time was different. My brother said my father had...

Vaccinating the Bhutanese global community

We are now engaged in the latest phase of the global fight against COVID-19, that of widespread vaccination. Where do we stand with the global Bhutanese community? Let us reflect on this together, and propose strategies to move forward. As a public health expert working with resettled Bhutanese, I believe...

Our patriarchal society puts women in a psychological prison

March 8 is International Women's Day and we should all ask ourselves whether we are making any progress. Words like “education”, “progress”, and “liberal” are often used in our Bhutanese patriarchal society. They are used as signs of progress towards gender equality in our male-dominated society while the women are...

Good mental health can help us through the COVID-19 crisis 

The COVID-19 virus has now claimed the lives of more than two million people worldwide with deaths in the USA alone passing 500,000. Alongside this tragedy we also know that most of those infected do recover after hospitalization. But the statistics mask another devastating effect of the pandemic, one not...

Restoring the “tired, poor and huddled masses”

The recent election confirmed that America is a country divided to its core. The pressure facing the new administration is to bring all sides together without caving in to any. But in trying to unite the country, the new government needs to have the courage to tackle the issues that...

बालमनोविज्ञानलाई ध्यानमा राखेर बनाइएको एउटा उदाहरणीय नेपाली पाठ्यक्रम 

पाठ्यक्रम भन्नाले बालबालिकालाई कसरी पढाउने भन्ने कुरामा सहायता प्रदान गर्ने सामग्री हो । अर्थात् निर्देशिका हो । हामी यहाँनेर भाषा शिक्षणबारे कुरा गर्न लाग्दैछौं । शिक्षणको प्रसंग उक्काउँदै गर्दा सबैभन्दा पहिले शिक्षक, शिक्षार्थी र पाठ्यक्रम-यी तीन तत्वको उपस्थिति हुन्छ । त्यसपछि शिक्षार्थीको उमेर तथा भाषाज्ञानको स्तरको कुरा पनि शिक्षणको...

It’s about damn time, America!

The appointment of Kamala Harris as the first female, first Black, and first South Asian Vice President of the United States of America was a proud moment for me, not just as a woman but as a woman of color.  The U.S. considers itself to be the most developed country...

President Joe Biden’s inauguration speech – full transcript

Chief Justice Roberts, Vice President Harris, Speaker Pelosi, Leader Schumer, Leader McConnell, Vice President Pence, distinguished guests, and my fellow Americans. This is America’s day. This is democracy’s day. A day of history and hope. Of renewal and resolve. Through a crucible for the ages America has been tested anew and America has risen...

This is why I’ll take the COVID-19 vaccine

When it is my turn I'll take the COVID-19 vaccine with full confidence because I am convinced that it has been developed following thorough research and clinical trials. Pfizer and Moderna, the companies behind one of the vaccines, report about 95% efficacy for its product while AstraZenca, another producer, says...

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