"Working as an architect in China wasn't just a job for me.
I have always tried to work looking for a common thread
that can connect different experiences and ancient cultures,
keeping in mind a world in constant evolution."

 Interview with Italian Architect,     Renato Russi, on Chinese Architecture               


  Arts & Culture                                              

Human Mind


"The artworks that I make started as a way to face my fear of being distant from family, customs, culture, and the Japanese language (日本語, Nihongo)."Alina Kawai


A Conversation Between Orchids (2021) 

Acrylic on canvas

72 x 72 in.

@alina.kawai, MFA candidate 2021, UCSB



 The only true voyage, the only bath in the Fountain of Youth, would be not to visit strange lands but to possess other eyes, to see the universe through the eyes of another, of a hundred others, to see the hundred universes that each of them sees, that each of them is; and this we do, with great artists; with artists like these we do really fly from star to star. 

- Marcel Proust, La Prisonnière (1923)

Social Media and Migration

Women musicians

Music and Migration


“Migration is in fact an experience that greatly affects the person who moves from one place to another, leaving indelible marks on their life.
These strong experiences with the passage of time have started to turn into books, poems, and even many songs.”



Quote: Giorgia Colomba and Photo: Veronica Doubleday



Human Mind and Migration (HMM) is an interdisciplinary internship program initiated and led by Paksy Plackis-Cheng (impactmania) for the students from UC Santa Barbara and Messaggero Veneto Scuola in Italy (2019-2021). Thank you to the students, interviewees, public who participated in the HMM survey, guest lecturers: Emmy award-winning investigative journalist, Carla de Landri, Chair of the Department of Religious Studies, Fabio Rambelli, Chair of the Art Department, Prof. Kim Yasuda, and Michela Gilli. AD&A Museum and Eric Copsey, Paola Ferrari, Gabriella Scrufari, Annalisa Chirico, Martina Chirico, Francesca Milocco, UCSB Trustee, Prof. Emeritus Duncan Mellichamp, and UCSB Trustee, Eva Haller.