During a 2014 speech to the United Nations (UN) general assembly, India’s Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, declared that yoga was an “invaluable gift” of India’s ancient traditions. Soon after, the UN, with the support of 177 member countries, passed a resolution to make June 21st the International Day of Yoga (IDY), a day to celebrate the health and wellness benefits of yoga practice. Each year’s theme (environmental protection, international peace etc.) highlights one further potential for yoga to benefit the world. Though it is a UN observance, IDY is one of the most unified and widespread of India’s international cultural engagements.
Last May, I retired after 44 years as a member of the Kent State University faculty. I still felt energetic and committed to my discipline and university, and I continued to find fulfillment in my research, writing, and interaction with students. I was left with a question faced by most of us when we reach our 70s: what do I do now? My answer is that there is life after retirement.
Earlier this year, journalist Wayne Ma published an article in the Wall Street Journal titled “Marriott Employee Roy Jones Hit ‘Like.’ Then China Got Mad.” This title is important because it could be an equation for any number of articles on Chinese geopolitics in the digital era.