Perfect Strangers – Issue 01

€13.50

Perfect Strangers is a magazine dedicated to exploring the cross-cultural. We’re fascinated by one question — how does the world meet itself? From artists and entrepreneurs to grandparents and lovers, we feature people from all walks of life who help to connect the world. Through their perspectives, we look at how cultures and languages, habits and ideas, styles and foods, intertwine and transform.

Delve into our first issue to read about Korean dramas in Panama. Or English literature in Tehran. Or how an Argentinian-Thai couple work together to create locally-inspired desserts in Shanghai. Or how about a Turkish entrepreneur’s global vision for streaming movies? Or the varied cultural meanings of the jellyfish?

Issue One — with 150+ pages of beautiful writing and images — explores how the world meets itself through a vibrant array of perspectives. It also contains special inserts with original images from Doan Ly, Mattias Adolfsson, and Susanna Blåvarg.

Articles
_Arash Azizi reads Kazuo Ishiguro in Tehran
_Courtney Lichterman explores the Danish heritage of Solvang, California
_Elise Morton studies abroad in Thessaloniki
_Ellen Freeman compares festivals of the dead in Mexico and Japan
_Francesca Baker chats with writer Laila Sumpton in London
_Hannah Polinski fuses Chinese and Polish cooking
_Juli Berwald dives into the cultural symbolism of jellyfish
_Joobin Bekhrad tries out the music streaming platform Mideast Tunes
_Karin Chien brings indie films from China to the USA
_Lauren Matyear cooks El Pasoan classics in Kharkiv
_Lucas LaRochelle maps and archives moments of queer memory
_Petar Petrov watches Korean and Turkish dramas in Panama City
_Richard Aslan vignettes the rich textures of Berlin
_Samantha Shields chats with illustrator Daphne Christoforou in Cyprus
_Soraia Martins chats with co-working innovators Mariana Duarte Silva & Lucy Crook in Lisbon
_Wailana Kalama traces the multicultural history of the Swedish cabbage roll

Interviews
_Ansel Mullins & Yigal Schleifer of Culinary Backstreets
_St. Lenox, singer-songwriter
_Rukky Ladoja of GREY Projects
_Efe Çakarel of MUBI
_Thomas Lauderdale of Pink Martini
_Doan Ly of a.p. bio
_Esra’a Al Shafei of Mideast Tunes
_Mauro Pompili & Maya Sitti of ChikaLicious
_Awjin Ahn, web developer & Catherine Xiang, digital designer

With photography by A.C. Parsons, An Rong Xu, Alexander Semenov, Aurélien Foucault, Carlotta Cardana, David Hagerman, Doan Ly, Klara Yoon, Matilde Travassos, Niyi Okeowo, Panagiotis Mina, Polina Karpova, and Susanna Blåvarg
and illustrations by Amy Ryan Brew, Benjamin Flouw, Lisk Feng, Lucas LaRochelle, Nils-Petter Ekwall, Nini Tuan

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