The Greenman Review started out when a photojournalist from California and an Estonian cultures professor met in the Global Gaming Expo in Macau and they both reveled in their shared love for Japanese anime. This chance meeting almost a decade ago became the basis for this online publication’s mindset: bringing people from vastly different cultures together so that they can read, learn, and be excited about their shared love for people, practices, food, wine, dances, music, and other cultural aspects outside of their own.
We call ourselves “Greenman” because that’s how we see ourselves: ‘green’ to the world, fresh and ready to experience all that life has to offer. But far from just experiencing it for ourselves for the sake of it, we want to tell you, our readers, about what we’ve seen, heard, tasted, and tried, because we believe that life is to be shared by all, regardless of where you’re from and what your background is. Whether it’s arts, culture, music, food, destinations, and everything else in between, The Greenman Review wants our readers to learn more about what’s outside their box. There is a whole world outside of our desks and windows, an expanse beyond our cities borders, but despite the differences between east and west, Africa and Asia, Europe and America, if you look closely enough, you will see extremely intricate and intimate connections that bind us all.
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Maksim Kask received his Ph.D in Intercultural Studies from Vilnius University and has spent the last decade as a visiting lecturer in several schools in America, including NYU, Columbia, Fordham, and Stanford, to name a few. He is also a certified sommelier, receiving his training in the prestigious Le Cordon Bleu in Paris, France.
As the editor-in-chief of The Greenman Review, Maksim envisions an online magazine that can bridge the gap between the low-brow and the high-brow, as he believes that ‘haute couture’ belongs to all people. On his off, him and his life partner Ivor travel around the United States seeking out exciting –and sometimes off-beat –cultural destinations.
Jafari Willis is a photojournalist who has worked with AFP, Reuters, the American Press Institute, Time, and National Geographic, to name a few. He is dedicated to exploring the world one culture at a time to shed light on the intricate similarities that bind people together. Born to Somali refugees in the ethnically diverse city of Stockton, Jafari was exposed early on to people from all over the world, cultivating an early love for ethnic practices, cuisines, music, dance, and soap operas. When he’s not traveling the world, Jafari channels his inner geek and builds PC’s for his friends and elderly people in his neighborhood.