January and February are sweet times for most Chinese — they enjoy family reunions during the spring festival, which this year fell on January 23, and they celebrate Valentine’s Day, which is well-liked in China.
Gender roles in cultural norms change from country to country. What also needs to be understood is how the demographic situation of a given country influences these patterns.
Laws restricting Islamic symbols in the public sphere are fuelling political distrust and a shared sense of injustice.
One of the free response questions in the 2012 AP Human Geography test focused on increasing Muslim population in many European countries. The Muslim community has (in the view of most Europeans polled) has not adequately assimilated into European society, and with many Europeans feeling a cultural threat, have created a politically charged situation. Has Europe failed to integrate Muslims or have Muslims failed to integrate in Europe? Is this a problem? Why or why not? To see the APHG test question, click here: http://apcentral.collegeboard.com/apc/public/repository/ap_frq_human_geo_2012.pdf
Like a detective at a crime scene, chief language inspector Antons Kursitis scans the lobby of a hotel in downtown Riga. He spots a brochure that lists hotel services in Russian only, a flagrant violation of Latvia's language laws.
"Protecting the Latvian language — that is, safeguarding its supremacy over Russian — has been a priority here since the Soviet occupation ended two decades ago. Those efforts face their biggest test yet on Saturday, in a referendum on whether to make Russian the country's second official language." What historical, political and demographic factors shape this cultural issue of language? Why is language often seen as so crucial to cultural identity?
The Latvian voters have spoken: in a massive voter turn-out, they struck down the referendum that sought to make Russian an official language. "Latvia is the only place throughout the world where Latvian is spoken, so we have to protect it," said Martins Dzerve, 37, in Riga, Latvia's capital. "But Russian is everywhere." For more on the vote, see: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-17083397
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