All the way from New Zealand, land of the hobbits, comes this year’s Political Analyst, Josiah Teh. Being with TPS for six years, Josiah knows the halls of GP6 and StudyPlace very well. He is originally from Singapore, but his family moved to New Zealand four years ago. Josiah is the middle child, sandwiched between his older and younger sisters. He follows in the steps of his older sister as she formerly wrote the International Correspondent column for what was then The Cracked Pot. Entering into his senior year, Josiah will take AP Comparative Government and Politics, Electronics, AP Calculus BC, Bible Survey, and English 4/5/6 Western Literature and Composition. He anticipates to face unexpected challenges and will take them head on. After graduation, Josiah plans to take a gap year, followed by two years of service in the army. After that he plans to attend college.
Covering what is sure to be a thrilling political analysis column, Josiah feels like he has a great grip on it as he has thoroughly enjoyed getting involved with politics over the past few years. The initial spark came from the 2016 U.S. presidential election along with the government class he took that year. It comes with no surprise then, that one of the classes he looks forward to the most is AP Comparative Government. When he is not following politics, Josiah enjoys reading, drawing, working out, as well as staying classy with Legos. His favorite book series is the Lord of the Rings. He enjoys the series so much that he visited the Hobbiton set in New Zealand back in 2013. As for films, Josiah’s favorite movies include the Star Wars and Marvel series, particularly Endgame, Infinity War, Winter Soldier, and Rogue One. His favorite music includes contemporary Christian, classical, and movie soundtracks.
On the Myers-Briggs personality test, Josiah is an INFJ, also known as the advocate. He joins Aragorn and Galadriel from Lord of the Rings in that personality type, along with notable political figures Martin Luther King Jr and Nelson Mandela. His favorite Bible verses are Isaiah 40:31 and Jeremiah 29:11. A quote he really likes, written by Mark Twain and popularized by Captain America, is “When the mob and the press and the whole world tell you to move. Your job is to plant yourself like a tree beside the river of truth and tell the whole world: ‘No, you move.'” I asked Josiah to pick three people from history to have lunch with. His choices included, “Jesus (obviously), Zhuge Liang (historical Chinese military strategist), and Dan Crenshaw.” That would definitely be one intelligent conversation. Finally, (on the other end of the hypothetical spectrum), I asked about Josiah’s strategy if ocean life waged war on humans and he was chosen to lead humanity into battle. “This makes me really sad because I love ocean life, but plastic bags would likely be a helpful asset against the enemy. Us humans would stay further away from the ocean and use long-ranged weapons as much of the ocean life would presumably not be able to leave water. No prisoners, only seafood. :-)” He would make a resourceful leader as well as a considerate one. As last year’s political analyst, I feel confident Josiah will continue the column with a fascinating perspective, especially from the eyes of a non-US citizen. Overall, he brings many interesting qualities that will benefit both clay and its readers alike.