Archive - October 2, 2021

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Famous RPCV Journalists: The China Gang
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Review — A CROW’S WISP by Joseph Monninger (Burkina Faso)

Famous RPCV Journalists: The China Gang

This is a blog item I published in 2016. As we talk about China recently on our site I thought I would repost this blog item. After reading The Inside Story of the Peace Corps in China, I thought we should remember the first group of PCV who went from China into international careers in journalism. — JC Although the Peace Corps has given a start to many well-known writers — Paul Theroux, Maria Thomas, Philip Margolin, Mary-Ann Tirone Smith, among them — it has fostered relatively few journalists and editors. One of the first journalists was Al Kamen, a Volunteer in the Dominican Republic during the early 1960s. Recently retired after 35 years at the Washington Post, Kamen wrote a column, “In the Loop,” and also covered the State Department and local and federal courts. He assisted his Post colleague Bob Woodward with reporting for The Final Days and The Brethren. Other Peace Corps . . .

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Review — A CROW’S WISP by Joseph Monninger (Burkina Faso)

  A Crow’s Wisp by Joseph Monninger (Burkina Faso 1975-77) Wood Heat Publishing 321 pages January 2021 $4.99 (Kindle); $10.99 (Paperback)   Reviewed by Steve Foehr (Ethiopia 1965-67) • The crow has been a constant in eons of history, and a continuous thread through worldwide mythologies. In the Bible, the crow symbolizes divine providence. In China and Japan, crows are divine messengers, who show love and gratitude. For the ancient Celts, Romans, and Greeks, the crow could foretell the future. In the many Native American Crow Clans– Chippewa, Hopi, Absaroka, Tlingit, Pueblo, and many more tribes—the crow culture connects the past with the present and the future. Crows have the reputation for being gossipy, disobedient, curious, cautious, a bit stubborn, and want the world the way they want it. They are a trickster, a smart aleck, feared as the souls of people who had committed suicide, and harbingers of luck, . . .

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