On Jan. 10, 2010, a 7.0 magnitude earthquake struck the heart of Haiti, displacing millions of people, destroying much of the country’s infrastructure and ultimately creating nearly inhabitable conditions — a common recipe for a disease outbreak to take hold. It was not unexpected when Haiti then experienced the worst cholera outbreak in modern history.
Students walking between Collegetown and the Engineering Quad in recent weeks have seen the pro-Hong Kong slogans on the footbridge over Cascadilla Gorge. The Sun has featured several articles this semester about the protests rocking the semi-autonomous region, including a recent story on vandalism of the bridge stickers and other pro-Hong Kong posters on campus. Not a single article, however, mentions the deadly anti-government protests less than 700 miles from Miami that have thrown impoverished Haiti to a political standstill for most of 2019. But The Sun is not alone: The corporate media in the Global North have tacitly concluded that Haiti, unlike Hong Kong, is undeserving of our attention and sympathies. It is natural then to ask why Hong Kong gets so much attention from American politicians across the spectrum and every major news outlet despite much less violence against protestors.
Perhaps best known for his appearances on cooking competition shows Top Chef and Beat Bobby Flay, celebrity chef Ron Duprat shared his personal journey from young immigrant to culinary icon in a School of Hotel Administration talk on Monday.
Hosted by the 2018 Class Council, Guac-Off for Haiti Relief invited students to taste and judge over 45 different guacamole made by fellow Cornellians. Proceeds from the event were donated to Edeyo Foundation, an organization that provides free educational, nutritional, and social support to disadvantaged children in Bel Air, Haiti.