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Russians dance to Irish beat

St. Patrick never made it to Russia, but don't tell that to the Russians -- especially to members of the Moscow-based Irish Dance School.Igor Denisov started the school two years ago after he saw...


JG: This article from CNN may be 10 years old, but it is a perfect example of how cultures continue to collide. Thanks to the television, Igor Denisov, a Russian dancer was exposed to Irish dancing and he helped spark the interest in Irish dancing among other Russian dancers. I just found the idea of one culture being influenced by a country of opposite culture very communal.

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Swiss deny citizenship to Muslim girls who balked at swimming with boys

Swiss deny citizenship to Muslim girls who balked at swimming with boys | Cultural Geography | Scoop.it

"In the latest move to deny citizenship to those who balk at Swiss culture, authorities rejected the naturalization application of two Muslim girls who refused to take school swimming lessons because boys were present.  In Switzerland, unlike in the United States and many other countries, integration into society is more important for naturalization than knowledge of national history or politics. Candidates for citizenship must prove that they are well assimilated in their communities and respect local customs and traditions."

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Norwegian gives Lutheran hymns an Afghan twist

With its roots in gospel music, jazz has always had a spiritual side. Now a Norwegian jazz pianist is taking the Lutheran hymns of his youth to a wholly new and unexpected level.

Tord Gustavsen wanted to explore and reinterpret those Norwegian Lutheran songs of his youth. Then one day he heard a German-Afghan vocalist, Simin Tander. He loved her phrasing and intonation in the Pashto language.

What would happen, he wondered, if the hymns of his youth were sung in Pashto, a language spoken in Afghanistan and parts of Pakistan?

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Eating Somali food? Don't forget the banana, or you might get humiliated online

Eating Somali food? Don't forget the banana, or you might get humiliated online | Cultural Geography | Scoop.it
What I learned about identity and the Somali diaspora after I went viral for not making proper use of a banana while eating a Somali meal.

 

Somali millennials around the world were laughing at me (definitely not with me) for failing Somali Cuisine 101. I received a steady stream of replies about the banana for the next couple of days. Humbling as it was, it taught me about how food — and the Internet — bring people in the Somali diaspora together.

The people in my mentions were from Minnesota, Canada, Great Britain and beyond. And here they were, together, talking about the idiot who didn't know what to do with the banana. 

Their families were among the hundreds of thousands of people displaced by Somalia's civil war. As is the case for many first- and second-generation immigrants, the idea of home can be complicated. And if you're not Somali, now you know: You eat the banana with the rice.

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Barcelona Win Appeal Over Copa del Rey Flag Ban

Barcelona fans will be allowed to display Catalan flags at the Copa del Rey final after their appeal against a banning order was upheld.
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#MoreThanMean - Women in Sports 'Face' Harassment

"Watch REAL guys read REAL comments made about sports reporters Sarah Spain and Julie DiCaro – to their face. These fans learn some tweets are #MoreThanMean – they’re harassment. Share this w/ hashtag #MoreThanMean to increase awareness about harassment of women in sports."

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The sports internet can to some men be an extension of the locker room--and a place that is highly gendered.  This video highlights the viciousness of online misogyny.  Let's make the internet and the myriad of sub-cultures therein, better.  This is uncomfortable to watch...but that's the point. 

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The Feminist Guide to Being a Foodie Without Being Culturally Appropriative

The Feminist Guide to Being a Foodie Without Being Culturally Appropriative | Cultural Geography | Scoop.it
You don't have to give up delicious foods from other cultures to avoid appropriation. But here's how you can get that deliciousness without ordering up a side of oppression.
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The fact that this article is written is indicative of the cultural tensions, landmines, and pitfalls that exist today.  People want to experience other cultures, but are afraid that their very participation could be perceived as offensive or inappropriate. 

 

Questions to Ponder: What makes a using/participating in a cultural activity that is NOT from your culture, offensive or inappropriate? 

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'Inshallah' — it's more than just a phrase that gets you booted off a plane

'Inshallah' — it's more than just a phrase that gets you booted off a plane | Cultural Geography | Scoop.it
Southwest Airlines now says the college student it removed from a flight was ejected because another passenger believed he had made "threatening comments," including using the term "inshallah" — Arabic for "God willing."
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Dustin Fowler's curator insight, April 20, 10:54 AM
I heard an interview on Public Radio International last night regarding this issue.  The man in the interview stated that, despite his pride in his identity, that he must consider what he can say, depending on where he is.  Should he refrain from Arabic phrases while in an Airport?  How does this pertain to more domestic debates about race and discrimination? 
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As A Japanese Mountain Village Shrinks, So Do Its Prospects For Kabuki

As A Japanese Mountain Village Shrinks, So Do Its Prospects For Kabuki | Cultural Geography | Scoop.it
For more than 300 years, children have performed kabuki, Japan's classical theater, in the village of Damine. But as residents age or leave for cities, Damine is running out of young performers.
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10 Signs You Grew Up In Between L.A. and O.C.

10 Signs You Grew Up In Between L.A. and O.C. | Cultural Geography | Scoop.it
Living in the middle ground of Los Angeles County and Orange County has it's perks and cons.
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Preserving Arapesh: UVA Linguist’s Tie With Villager Enlightens Students

Preserving Arapesh: UVA Linguist’s Tie With Villager Enlightens Students | Cultural Geography | Scoop.it
Fewer than 100 people still speak Cemaun Arapesh, one of more than 800 languages spoken in Papua New Guinea. Last winter, UVA linguist Lise Dobrin invited a native speaker to Grounds to assist her efforts to preserve the language.
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My Application for the LA Times Middle East Correspondent Job

My Application for the LA Times Middle East Correspondent Job | Cultural Geography | Scoop.it
The LA Times has been the butt of jokes on social media this week thanks to a poorly-worded job listing for a Middle East Correspondent.
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Yoga class cancelled at University of Ottawa over 'cultural issues'

Yoga class cancelled at University of Ottawa over 'cultural issues' | Cultural Geography | Scoop.it
A yoga instructor who says her free class at the University of Ottawa was cancelled because of concerns over cultural appropriation believes the student union's issues are misplaced.
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New Zealand Maori anger at 'offensive' shower curtains

New Zealand Maori anger at 'offensive' shower curtains | Cultural Geography | Scoop.it
American retail website removes items featuring Maori chiefs and leaders.
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Here is another example of cultural commodification and cultural appropriation.  As stated in the article, there is nothing illegal in this, but most companies stay away because the negative publicity for being sleazy is a enough of a cultural and economic deterrent to conform to the more accepted norms of society. 

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Western manners: The latest Chinese status symbol

Western manners: The latest Chinese status symbol | Cultural Geography | Scoop.it

What can seem to an outsider as impolite today — such as pushing, queue barging, speaking loudly or picking your nose in public — is common behaviour for the majority of Chinese. But as China opens up and engages with the world awareness is growing among the population on how they are being perceived overseas.

 

To disassociate themselves from this reputation, many of the new elite are seeking refinement at etiquette schools. At the same time, they are looking to good manners as a new form of status symbol.  “It’s mostly learning about how to behave in an international environment."

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THE LAND OF PUNT

THE LAND OF PUNT | Cultural Geography | Scoop.it

Believed to be a mythical land for centuries, excavations reveal that the Land of Punt was a real land known for

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There Are Almost No Black People Brewing Craft Beer. Here's Why.

There Are Almost No Black People Brewing Craft Beer. Here's Why. | Cultural Geography | Scoop.it

"Craft beer is white. Whiter than a ski lodge. Whiter than a Whole Foods in the suburbs. Craft beer is so white, in fact, that there’s an entry for 'microbreweries' in Stuff White People Like, a book based on a blog written by a white person making fun of white people for being white. The passage concludes with this sentence: '[M]ost white people want to open a microbrewery at some point.'  So, in the absence of statistics, I set out to answer a simple question: where the hell are all the black craft brewers, bar owners, bloggers, aficionados, and nerds? Why is craft beer -- the consumer side, and especially the business side -- so white?"

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Cultural appropriation gone wrong

Occurred at San Francisco State University on 3/28/2016. /u/nicholas-silvera
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This is probably the clearest example (that went viral) of anger about cultural appropriation gone wrong.  This is a hot-button topic, and this video is food for thought (or fanning the flames).  Cultural appropriation might be seen as offensive, but it cetainly isn't illegal.     

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The world's first ghetto, 500 years later

The world's first ghetto, 500 years later | Cultural Geography | Scoop.it
The word "ghetto" is derived from a community in Venice, Italy, where Jewish people were forced to live five centuries ago.  


In preparation for the 500th anniversary of Italy's Venetian Ghetto, Ziyah Gafic scoured the 7-acre-wide part of the Cannaregio district where, for centuries, Jews were forced to live.  But all he found was an overwhelming silence -- an element that became central to the photographs he made there.

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Treathyl Fox's curator insight, February 29, 3:44 PM

No additional insight to add. except  ... Wondering that if such a community had never been established perhaps the world "ghetto" would not be in our vocabulary.

Brandon Whitley's curator insight, March 10, 9:58 AM
my opinion on this cultural event is that people have there traditions and they do what they have to do to keep them alive and to keep there gods happy.  





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End of the circumflex? Changes in French spelling cause uproar

End of the circumflex? Changes in French spelling cause uproar | Cultural Geography | Scoop.it
Controversy has emerged in France over new spellings for more than 2,000 French words.
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The Feminist History of Prohibition

The Feminist History of Prohibition | Cultural Geography | Scoop.it
A look at the feminist roots of the temperance movement.

 

In pursuit of temperance, too, women came to invade even that most sacred of male spaces: the saloon. One could argue, too, that the results of Prohibition—opposite-sexes mixing in speakeasies—perhaps did more to end the male-only drinking culture of the 'saloon' than the temperance movement ever did.

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Gender and pop culture: "Vocal fry"

You sound like a Kardashian? Speech therapists "vocal fry" the call is low, throaty-up of young women are gaining importance. "Sunday Morning" Faith Salie co...
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Popular culture changes our linguistics patterns (with some strong gendered implications).  Here is one current manifestation of the cultural patterns and processes that make human interactions so dynamic.

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The Failure of Multiculturalism

Multicultural policies accept that societies are diverse, yet they implicitly assume that such diversity ends at the edges of minority communities. By forcing people into ethnic and cultural boxes, they help create the very divisions they were meant to manage.
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This is an interesting op-ed on European multiculturalism and political/cultural problems. 

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NADINE BURCHI SCORP's comment, July 26, 7:36 AM
And the no - integration of immigrants in US , the genocide of Native Americans , i appreciate a comparaison with EU and US
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In the first majority-Muslim U.S. city, residents tense about its future

In the first majority-Muslim U.S. city, residents tense about its future | Cultural Geography | Scoop.it
The same city has elected a majority-Muslim city council.
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