Nora Burkey is an emerging writer featured in TNB Books’ new collection, The Beautiful Anthology. She currently teaches English in Korea. Burkey, who wrote a politically charged, feminist essay about the beauty of the poor students in Cambodia, answers a few questions:
What is the most beautiful meal (or food)?
A Burmese tea leaf salad from Irawaddi Restaurant on Wat Bo Road in Siem Reap, Cambodia.
What is not beautiful to you?
Beautifully groomed white collar criminals, especially those who aren’t even technically breaking the law.
What is wrong with what society currently considers beautiful?
Society creates what is ugly to sell beauty products. If beauty reps want to sell armpit-fat creams, suddenly everyone thinks their armpits are fat in a way they’ve never noticed before.