The Weight Of The World

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Photo: AP
Story: New York Times

Two global tragedies within the last six months show that Bremerton has become a true crossroads of the world.

And Olympic College is the nexus.

Consider this: a story about two students at Olympic College, Yan “Leo” Qian, 20, and Li Min Jing, 19, both from the Sichuan Province in China. Thousands of miles from home, they are trying to keep their minds on classes while their friends, families and neighbors are still trying to locate people missing since the ground shook and tried to reduce their cities to rubble.

Then there is Olympic College Professor Koi Tirima, a native of Kenya, who was visiting her home when the contested elections of December brought tribal violence and a breakdown of democratic institutions. While her friends, family and neighbors were hiding from mobs or trying to get their democracy back on the tracks, Tirima was trying to keep her mind on teaching English to Kitsap County residents.

I guess it’s true, there are people in Bremerton who have the weight of the world on their shoulders.

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