For years to come, the estate would serve as the headquarters of Georgia’s anti-Soviet emigre community in Europe, becoming a symbol not only of many Georgians’ hopes for an independent, democratic future but also of the immense obstacles that stood in the country’s historic path and, to a certain extent, still do.
After graduating from Columbia University in 2020, the North Korean defector Yeonmi Park returned to the spotlight with a different kind of defection story. The liberal establishment, she claimed, was morally debased, an indoctrination machine that threatened to transform America into a North Korea-style nightmare.
Immigrants from France’s colonial empire, especially from Algeria, arrived in great numbers during the period following World War II when France needed cheap labor. But in the minds of both the immigrants themselves and the French government, they were never supposed to stay this long.
Young, educated Chinese women who want to escape a traditional family life as the government promotes the “three-child policy” have been emigrating to build a career overseas. They call themselves “pao lu” or “running deer,” a term that allows them to avoid censorship on social media.
The Ukrainian gaming community says that since the Russian invasion began, role-playing games have transcended mere recreation to help heal trauma, build resilience, form communities and even express Ukraine’s distinct culture. They are not “just games” — they are a lifeline to normalcy and a reminder and promise of better days.