Quebec language watchdog investigating yogurt spoons Toronto Star CJAD also reported the recent “Pastagate” incident that embarrassed the language watchdog, as it made international headlines and led to the departure of the organization's head.
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This is an excellent article that can be used in a thematic class for analyzing religion, the human landscape, the urban environment and cultural iconography. For a regional geography class, this show great images from Indonesia, Spain, Egypt, Syria and Israel/Palestine.
"It may seem surprising, but in this age where geographic mobility and instant communication have increased our exposure to people outside of our neighborhoods or towns, American regional dialects are pulling further apart from each other, rather than moving closer together. And renowned linguist William Labov thinks there’s a connection between political and linguistic segregation.
"Labov suggests that it’s these deep-seated political disagreements that create an invisible borderline barring the encroachment of Northern Cities Vowels. When he looked at the relationship between voting patterns by county over the last three Presidential elections and the degree to which speakers in these counties shifted their vowels, he found a tight correlation between the two. And the states that have participated in the vowel shift have also tended to resist implementing the death penalty.
"Social identities are complex, and can be defined along a number of different dimensions like class, race, or ethnicity. Not everyone feels that politics are a part of their core identity. But I suspect that political ideology may become an anchor for accents to the extent that large social groups collectively identify themselves by their political beliefs. According to Bill Bishop, author of The Big Sort, this is happening more and more as Americans voluntarily cluster themselves into homogenous, politically like-minded communities."
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.
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
Hint: India is last among the G20 and the United States didn't crack the top five in the latest survey to reflect poorly on the situation of American women.
A poll of 370 gender experts yielded some interesting results that reflect the local cultural, economic, political and developmental geographies. Beyond using the lists of best and worst countries (since the rankings are still based on rather subjective criteria), students can come up with their most important factors in evaluating gender equity and evaluate the countries based on their own evaluations.
Despite the country’s claims to be a sleek 21st-century meritocracy, the habits of centuries of discrimination and social exclusion are not so easily shaken.
India is modernizing at a rapid pace, but some old class problems rooted in the caste system are still visible. This is part of a large series called "Breaking Caste" with some excellent videos, articles and personal vignettes to humanize the struggles of those at the bottom of the social hierarchy.
Latin America And The English LanguageHuffington Post (blog)More importantly, Latino parents know that language is a key to cultural identity and losing it would reduce the chances to preserve their native culture.
Ancient Hellenes religion makes comeback in Greece Public Radio International PRI The summer solstice, June 21, is one of the most important dates in the calendar for many followers of ancient religions, and it's a special time for people in Greece...
This site houses several good maps, especially this one of the 'core' and 'periphery' of Europe. This map corresponds with maps that show the first places to be industrialized. The map on the formal culture regions is also useful for understanding cultural barriers to diffusion. What's the connection between the branches of Christianity and Indo-European language families?
The Atlantic CitiesThe Real Boundaries of the Bible BeltThe Atlantic CitiesReligion in America has an unmistakable geographic dimension.
We often hear people in the deep South describe there state as the buckle in the Bible Belt. This map of religiosity in the United States shows a clear Bible Belt with other interesting patterns (with some pertinent political ramifications in an election year).
This chilling documentary outlines the historical genocide of Tutsi people predominantly by Hutu's in Rwanda during 1994. So often, students who have always lived within a society with effective political institutions are unable to see how such atrocities could even happen. This video lays the groundwork for understanding the disintegration of political institution within Rwanda, reasons the international community underestimated the threat, why the UN in 1994 (after Somalia) was not prepared to use forceful action and why westerners fled. In this state of lawlessness, the cultural tensions and colonial legacy lead to horrific killings. This genocide has no one reason, but a complex set of geographic contexts. This would be a powerful video to show students. WARNING: considering the content, there are necessarily depictions of death. To learn more about the documentary, see: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/shows/ghosts/
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
Many items are marketed specifically for boys or girls. Boys are given rugged survival skills, while the girl's guide suggests tips of social interactions. How is this a result of cultural patterns and processes? How does this form of gendered marketing produce cultural patterns and processed?
Meet the "hairy Ainu" of Japan, Taiwan's Saaroa, the Kusunda of Nepal, the last Manchus and the Jarawa of India's Andaman Islands.
The rapid spread of Mandarin, English, Spanish, Hindi-Urdu and Arabic as the 5 largest languages (most native speakers) is connected to the spread of globalization and the cultural aspects of that phenomenon. These 5 declining languages represent the flip side of those cultural patterns.
Rather than focusing on how to make cities safe at any hour for citizens of both genders, the official response has been to curtail women's access to public areas deemed sensitive by authorities.
This is an interesting topic to use to debate urban policies and planning issues. What leads to a safer city for women? How does the creation of zones not safe for women impact the city long-term? Think about scale: Is what is best for the city policy what is best for the individual?
Do you know who Ema Geron was? If you don’t, you are remiss. Ema Geron was the first president of the Fédération Européene de Psychologie des Sport et des Activitées Corporelles (FEPSAC) and her work...