We kicked off the fall issue of World Policy Journal, “Constructing Family,” by posing a question to our international contributors: What values from your parents’ generation would you preserve in a changing world? In the print feature, we hear from Mexican-American authors Sandra Cisneros and Erika L. Sanchez, Afghan nonprofit leader Sakena Yacoobi, Uzbek novelist Shahzoda Nazarova, and Indian writer Devdutt Pattanaik. We then continued the conversation online, with contributors weighing in on intergenerational ties, social justice, and more:
In an essay written over the summer, Giannina Braschi explains how ambition and drive are key to Puerto Rico’s efforts to find a path independent of the United States.
Respect, diversity, and acceptance may not always be “traditional” family values, writes Williams Rashidi, but they are universal values that should be upheld in the fight for LGBTQ rights.
Amid the country’s modernization, Xiaoling Shu contends that Chinese families continue to emphasize education and interdependence.
Arya Rajam describes the importance of respecting elders and cherishing relatives, even as Indian families become separated across continents.
World Policy Events
Join World Policy Journal on Oct. 26 from 6 to 8 p.m. to celebrate the launch of our fall “Constructing Family” issue.
Those who bemoan the decline of “family values” often portray domestic relations as immutable, removed from the affairs of the state. Yet in the pages of this issue, we challenge that narrative by exploring the links between right-wing notions of family and economic reforms, the difficulties of parenting in increasingly fragile societies, and the ways in which the concept of family is being redefined around the world. Read about it and subscribe.
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World Policy On Air
This week on World Policy On Air, we speak with journalist Lisa De Bode about how one woman, Saliha Ben Ali, is sharing the story of her son’s flight from Belgium to the Syrian battlefield in an effort to help fellow mothers recognize signs of radicalization in their children.
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