Panorama Issue 9 Cover

Image: Atlantic Forest, Brazil © Thomas Berg

Welcome to Panorama: The Journal of Travel, Place, and Nature’s BORDERS issue. In this issue we have work from India, Nigeria, Philippines, Israel, Netherlands, UK (England & Scotland), USA, Brazil, South Korea, Thailand, Germany, Italy, New Zealand, Japan, with references and stories from many more. In many ways, this is Panorama’s most diverse publication to date and completes a year in which we’ve published as many essays as the previous six years combined.

As always, I’m delighted to share writing from leading names such as Leslie Carol Roberts with her piece “Night Farmers” alongside other established authors as well as those making their first forays into publishing. Whilst we see many physical borders in the world—and the barriers that follow—we’re committed to at least making Panorama a space in which people feel welcome.

Eaten—our section which combines food with travel writing—returns with many thanks to Senior Editors Paula Lee and Leslie Hsu Oh. Here, Sarah Pazur’s “Bloody Mary” takes us on a journey of drinks, airport bars, and chance encounters. Anna Nguyen goes in search of elusive bánh mì. Streetview—a section that focuses on stories close to home—is also back with Ryder Blair’s “A Rose Hill Bench” and “Sauntering Through The Holy Land” by Jason Irwin, with thanks to Anis Ibrahim for reading submissions. Introduced too is a new Education section which focuses on learning moments with an essay from Meera B that recounts a class on Jhumpa Lahiri’s “The Boundary.”

 

Previously, our Ecology & Conservation Editor, Dr Julia Knights, delved into the plight of the Amazon rainforest in Brazil in an interview with botanist, Ghillean Prance. In this issue, Knights interviews Brazilian evolutionary biologist, Alexandre Antonelli, Director of Science at the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew, to discuss a biome more threatened than the Amazon—that of the tropical Atlantic rainforest, his childhood home of which just 8% remains and about his own personal journey to try to save it.

Our focus on Filipino authors continues with The Snake—from Danton Remoto’s latest collection “The Heart of Summer”—a short story about neighbours in a multicultural neighbourhood in Singapore. Och Gonzalez returns with “Hail Mary.” Ferdinand Pisigan’s “Six Saturdays of Beyblade” follows a family’s eviction, separation, and the borders of the village and city. Rachel Meller’s poignant story also see families uprooted as she traces her aunt’s escape from Vienna to Shanghai in the heat of WWII.  In Katya Bogdanovich’s “World on Fire” we feel the helplessness when one’s home country is laid siege and being away means not knowing if your family is alive or dead, missing, or safe.

A conversation on borders would not be complete without a discussion about the ability or not to cross borders. Whilst DJ Nono muses on her freedom to cross borders seamlessly on a slow journey from Germany to Morocco—with an accompanying playlist—we also hear from Matteo Moretti on the plight of refugees and how his project Design for Migration shares a number of practical ways designers are trying to build awareness around refugees stories, and create products that make their journeys less hazardous such as a coat that also turns into a sleeping bag.

Feted filmmaker Thida Nathalie also contributes two short documentaries for this issue. In “Tribe” we meet the Konyaks, whose warrior headhunting past is now ceding to a more contemporary life, receiving tourists, and taking the grandchildren to school. We also hear how “Mr Tashi” charted a new life as a tourist guide for this one-time refugee.

With much appreciation to all contributors and the entire Panorama team, not least the Editors—Faith Adiele, Nicolas Sampson, Kevan Manwaring, Vimi Bajaj, Marie Baleo, Aswin Prasanth, Sarge Lacuesta, David Ishaya Osu, Kerry Neville, Joelle Renstrom, Tanya Goodman, and those already mentioned above—as well as the wider masthead who contribute each issue. I give you BORDERS.

— Matthew Webb, Director, Panorama

Borders Painting on Printed Matter 20 see you later 2009 Steve Russell

ECOLOGY & CONSERVATION

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The Hidden Universe: Adventures in Biodiversity

In conversation with Alexandre Antonelli.

Julia Knights

UK

The tropical Atlantic Forest of South America is one of the most biodiverse biomes on Earth, encompassing mangrove forests, tropical and subtropical shrublands, grasslands, seasonal moist and dry broad-leaf tropical forests. Extending along the Atlantic Coast of parts of eastern Brazil, eastern Paraguay and north-eastern Argentina, it is home to many endemic species found nowhere else on earth. And yet just 8% remains.

BOOKS

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A Heart of Summer

Danton Remoto

Philippines

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Six Saturdays of Beyblade

Ferdinand Pisigan Jarin

Philippines

Borders The Man who could move Clouds

Book Review of The Man Who Could Move Clouds

Tyler Fisher, Aimee Rhodes

Philippines/USA

The Box with the Sunflower Clasp

Rachel Meller

UK

To my great sadness, I have no memory at all of my mother’s voice. By the time I was three months old, Ilse had taken her own life. At some level, my mother’s death is always with me. Knowing so little about her means the least expected of triggers can conjure up tears. Like the moment a character in a soap opera heard a message that his dead mother recorded years earlier.

Borders The Box with the Sunflower Clasp Rachel Meller Lisbeth and Ilse 1925 ish scaled

DOCUMENTARY FILM

Mr Tashi

Thida Nathalie

UK/Thailand

Tribe

Thida Nathalie

UK/Thailand

NONFICTION

Borders Redefining Icarus Jason Tsichlis 011
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Hail Mary

Och Gonzalez

Philippines

Zeno’s Paradox on Dig Dug

Emily Allison

USA

Redefining Icarus

Jason Tsichlis

USA

Three Steps Away

Priya Dileep

India

The Language of Belonging

Kimberly Hoff

USA

EATEN

Bloody Mary

Sarah Pazur

USA

EDUCATION

The Boundary

Meera B

India

MEMOIR

Subtle Entanglements

Gabriela Denise Frank

USA

The Road from Dajabón

William Crossman Fleeson

USA

A Blade of Grass, A Piece of Camel, A Grain of Sand

Marianne Abel-Lipschutz

USA/Guatemala

DECOLONISING TRAVEL

Decolonising the Border

Faith Adiele

USA

Cruise Line Chronicles

Tamarzee Love-Shooter

Israel

Breaching the Invisible Border

Cecile Baltasar

Philippines

Night Farmers

Leslie Carol Roberts

USA

Flight Free Fès

Nono Gigsta

Germany

Per Castra Ad Astra

David John Baer McNicholas

USA

Borders World on Fire Arina Kole Page 09
Borders World on Fire Arina Kole Page 10
Borders World on Fire Arina Kole Page 12
Borders World on Fire Arina Kole Page 18
Borders World on Fire Arina Kole Page 22

World on Fire

Katya Bogdanovich

USA

FICTION

The Bookshop (Once in Pisa)

Carlo Rey Lacsamana

Italy

The Confluence

N.M. Campbell

Netherlands

VISUAL ARTS

Borders Design for Migration In Conversation with Matteo Moretti Safe Passages bag

Things that went with the water

Sadiq Mustapha

Nigeria

Design for Migration

In Conversation with Matteo Moretti

Matthew Webb

UK

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Maps of the Mind

Makoto Morimura 森村誠

Japan

FLASH

The Jokester

Donna Faulkner née Miller

New Zealand

Breaking In

Natalia Singer

USA

Between Red and Green

Jhilam Chattaraj

India

What Did You Expect

M. Lin

Netherlands

Soldiers of the Rain

Sara Shah

USA

Sunsets in Canggu

Sara Shah

USA

POETRY

Years after Rilke’s Death

Lois P. Jones

USA

Primal Sound

Lois P. Jones

USA

That There is Life after this Body/Border

Pacella Chukwuma Eke

Nigeria

Crossing the Hinterlands

Prosper Ifeanyi

Nigeria

Cyborgs on the Seme Border

Prosper Ifeanyi

Nigeria

Letter to East Lothian

Sarah Nathan

Scotland

In Praise of Birds

Sarah Nathan

Scotland

Boundaries

Paul Jaskunas

USA

Airspace in Wartime

Paul Jaskunas

USA

Great Grandmother

Danelle Lejeune

USA

Prague Spring

Danelle Lejeune

USA

In Guatemala

Martha Highers

USA

NEW NATURE WRITING

Trail Lesson

Sarah Jeanne Peters

USA

An Acquaintance with Geumjeong Mountain

Daniel Speechly

South Korea

The Sound of Chattering Greek Ladies

Inge Wallage

Netherlands

Osprey

Sara Jacobson

USA

STREETVIEW

A Rose Hill Bench

Ryder Blair

USA

PSYCHOGEOGRAPHY

The Neapolitan Atavism

Nicolas D. Sampson

UK

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