How cultural immersion challenges our understanding of family and love
Every year, Canada receives hundreds of thousands of international students. To make the most of their experience, many opt to live with a host family. Homestay is one family’s story and a look at how complete immersion in another culture can change our understanding of family and love.
The folded paper-craft world represents the garden that narrator Paisley Smith visited while grieving for the loss of a friend and “family member,” and signifies the failure of cultural symbols to fully represent people in all their complexity.