Perfect Strangers - Issue 1

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Delve into our first issue to read about Korean dramas in Panama. Or English literature in Tehran. Or how an Argentinian-Thai couple work together to create locally-inspired desserts in Shanghai. Or how about a Turkish entrepreneur’s global vision for streaming movies? Or the varied cultural meanings of the jellyfish?

Issue One —with 150+ pages of beautiful writing and images— explores how the world meets itself through a vibrant array of perspectives. It includes special inserts featuring original images from Doan Ly, Mattias Adolfsson, and Susanna Blåvarg.

Articles
- Arash Azizi reads Kazuo Ishiguro in Tehran
- Courtney Lichterman explores the Danish heritage of Solvang, California

- Elise Morton studies abroad in Thessaloniki
- Ellen Freeman compares festivals of the dead in Mexico and Japan
- Francesca Baker chats with writer Laila Sumpton in London
- Hannah Polinski fuses Chinese and Polish cooking
- Juli Berwald dives into the cultural symbolism of jellyfish
- Joobin Bekhrad tries out the music streaming platform Mideast Tunes
- Karin Chien brings indie films from China to the USA

- Lauren Matyear cooks El Pasoan classics in Kharkiv
- Lucas LaRochelle maps and archives moments of queer memory 
- Petar Petrov watches Korean and Turkish dramas in Panama City
Richard Aslan vignettes the rich textures of Berlin
Samantha Shields chats with illustrator Daphne Christoforou in Cyprus
Soraia Martins chats with co-working innovators Mariana Duarte Silva & Lucy Crook in Lisbon
- Wailana Kalama traces the multicultural history of the Swedish cabbage roll

Interviews
- Ansel Mullins & Yigal Schleifer of Culinary Backstreets
- St. Lenox, singer-songwriter
Rukky Ladoja of GREY Projects
- Efe Çakarel of MUBI
- Thomas Lauderdale of Pink Martini
Doan Ly of a.p. bio

- Esra’a Al Shafei of Mideast Tunes
- Mauro Pompili & Maya Sitti of ChikaLicious
- Awjin Ahn, web developer & Catherine Xiang, digital designer

With photography by A.C. Parsons, An Rong Xu, Alexander Semenov, Aurélien Foucault, Carlotta Cardana, David Hagerman, Doan Ly, Klara Yoon, Matilde Travassos, Niyi Okeowo, Panagiotis Mina, Polina Karpova, and Susanna Blåvarg
and illustrations by Amy Ryan Brew, Benjamin Flouw, Lisk Feng, Lucas LaRochelle, Nils-Petter Ekwall, Nini Tuan

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