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December 4, 2012

MSU, a Global and Diverse Community

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For the Fall 2012 semester, there were 6,599 international students (including undergraduate, graduate, and non-degree students) from 130 countries enrolled at Michigan State University (MSU). In response to this surge of foreign students, I made a map (using MapBox) to reflect the demographic composition of the MSU’s international student population.


Of the 6,599 international students, 3712 students are from China. This created a problem when I tried to use the “Conditional Style” feature of TileMill to change the marker width of the points because there is only 1 student from many countries and it is impossible to accurately record the proportion of the total number of Chinese students and that of some other countries.











I was able to use ToolTips to make the map interactive. When users move the mouse over the points, the total number of MSU students from each country will be revealed. For instance, you can Read More



November 8, 2012

@philosophysnack–at home in East Lansing

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My name is Yuanfang Dai and I am a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Philosophy at Michigan State University. One of my specialties is the theoretical research and practical implication of transcultural dialogues.

One of my professional and scholarship goals is to combine the theoretical research and the practical application of transcultural dialogues for the purpose of seeking an effective way to communicate transculturally. In my philosophical research, I propose a transcultural perspective as a better alternative to the multicultural approach for understanding cultural differences because a transcultural perspective implies interference and interaction rather than simply recognizing differences. That is to say, if we merely acknowledge cultural difference and are content with “cultural tolerance,” it will not contribute to genuine understandings of cultural differences because we tend to avoid cultural frictions and conflicts therefore miss meaningful and fruitful cultural dialogues. However, if we are motivated to step Read More