The joy of kin: the togetherness of otherness

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The view before us was almost too beautiful to comprehend. Snaking like serpents through the mountains, the rice paddies traced surreal, winding steps on the hillsides. Their varying yellow-green hues gave way to azure sky above, brilliant sunshine radiating out from between drifting clouds. Down below, a group of ladies was working carefully in the paddies, their skirts hitched above their knees, bare legs and…