I find it interesting to see where certain languages become dominant for business use. This infographic is very interesting and useful in determining different trends in both the spread of language and the historical factors that spread these languages in this region.
This article and picture points out just how hard it is to “solve” the problems in Israel. The constant overlapping of buildings on holy sites complicates the issues more than anything political ever could. Belief is one of the biggest driving forces for conflict in the world and this illustration reminds us of that.
This is great! It is a cute animated trailer to the cartoon series the Burka Avenger! She wears a burka to hide her identity which it certainly does, and then she kicks the bad guy’s butts! A great gender reversal in this area, showing women can be a hero and stand up to men. And she cleverly uses the restrictive clothing to keep her identity concealed.
This article is interesting as it shows a cultural difference that leads the people of Bolivia to choose traditional food and food vendors over the corporate model like McDonald’s. This shows that people in small countries can fight against globalization if the majority of the people choose not to spend money in globalized businesses. It also shows the strength of the Bolivia people’s commitment to their cultural ways.
For the most part in American culture, intellectual struggle in school children is seen as an indicator of weakness, while in Eastern cultures it is not only tolerated, it is often used to measure emotional strength.
This article has a message about the view of struggling in eastern and western cultures, and how this affects learning. As an aspiring teacher, I found this very instructive. The examples used were good and I really find myself wanting to read more on this topic.
At the dacha, the soul of Russia--and its cultural divide--is on display. In vacation cottages the women are in housedresses. The men, Speedos and rubber boots. They brood, plant, party, and restore their souls.
The dacha (a seasonal second home or a vacation spot) is incredibly important in Russia. It is is estimated that over 50% of city residences in Russia own a dacha as a way to culturally connect with the countryside. This is a nice glimpse into that life.
This article talks about the almost mythical feelings of a Russian summer spent in a dacha. The brief summer is enjoyed and experienced from a home in the country that is a representation of freedom to the Russian people. The oppressive Soviet sate was hard to escape but for a few months out of the year, people who owned dachas could get away and enjoy life. It gave city dwellers a place to garden and to relax from the city. The dacha is still an integral part of the Russian soul.
McDonald's plans to open the first in a series of all-vegetarian restaurants in India next year. But rest assured, in most locations around the world, meat will stay on the menu.
Many of the most successful global companies or brands use highly regional variations that are attuned to local cultural norms and customs. The McAloo Tikki burger— which uses a spicy, fried potato-based patty — is the Indian McDonald's top seller.
Questions to ponder: What are the forces that lead towards an accelaration of human connectivity around the globe? What are the postive impacts of this increased connectivity? What are some negative impacts? Are these impacts the same in all places? Explain.
Tags: Globalization, food, culture, unit 3 culture and SouthAsia.
McDonald’s is a company that is good at adjusting their brand to fit into the markets they are trying to enter. This shows a positive side to globalization, in my opinion, because it shows that a large company is sensitive to the needs and wants of the place they are going into and is willing to find ways to adapt to the culture they are entering.
This article was interesting as it shows that the problems faced in the United States due to immigration are not unique. The friction between old and new immigration seems to be universal. How different counties handle and adapt to the changing demographics of their people is challenging and shows the character of the population. I was unaware of the makeup of Belize’s population or that they were an English speaking country. This article told me a lot about the people of this country.
"Afghan youth have very limited options for sports and recreation. An Australian man is trying to change that." Issues of ethnicity, class and gender are right on the surface. Globalization, cultural values and shifting norms make this a good discussion piece.
This video is great it shows how one person can make a difference. The guy was able to bring skateboarding to Afghanistan and help children have an outlet for recreation that they previously did not have.
At a new restaurant, expats find a taste of home and locals try foreign treats like fortune cookies.
Imagine living in China and missing Chinese food. It happens. American expatriates who grew up with popular takeout dishes like General Tso's chicken can't find it in China because it essentially doesn't exist here. Much of the Chinese food we grew up with isn't really Chinese. It's an American version of Chinese food. Chinese immigrants created it over time, adapting recipes with U.S. ingredients to appeal to American palates. Now, Americans living in Shanghai can get a fix of their beloved Chinatown cuisine at a new restaurant.
I liked this story because it is about how food changes. The original Chinese immigrants to America changed their food over time to adapt to American ingredients and tastes, now the owner of this restaurant who was a third generation Chinese-American has brought the cuisine back to China. Where it is so different, there to the food that they are used to that it is something new. I liked this article I felt it showed how things can change.
The video showed an interesting report on bootlegging in Pakistan. The comment at the end was the most interesting to me. A person interviewed said that the society used to be more open and free but now they are not. The rich can do as they like but the people cannot. The dangers of bootlegging is such that if the police catch you then you will be arrested or have to pay a bribe but if the Taliban catch you then you will be killed.
Iranian-American comedian Maz Jobrani takes to the TEDxSummit stage in Doha, Qatar to take on serious issues in the Middle East -- like how many kisses to give when saying “Hi,” and what not to say on an American airplane.
"China's one-child only policy and historic preference for boys has led to a surplus of marriageable Chinese men. Young women are holding out for better apartments, cars and the like from potential spouses...30 to 48 percent of the real estate appreciation in 35 major Chinese cities is directly linked to a man's need to acquire wealth — in the form of property — to attract a wife."
Tags: gender, folk culture, China, podcast, culture, population.
With the new gender imbalance, it is interesting that Chinese families now see boys as the gender that will cost them more money in the long run, it used to be the girl that was a finical burden. This is a big change in thinking from just a generation ago, it will be interesting to see how this plays out in china over time.
The rapid modernization of India along with the rural attitudes and male centric society makes it difficult for women who are raped to get justice. Mostly because to come forward as a rape victim will take their honor away. If they have to admit it happened then their lives will be ruined. Even when their family stands behind them, the women are in fear and one almost killed herself because she felt pressured to testify. The men who rape these women are from the small villages around the area and feel free to do as they please because they do not fear that their victims will report the abuse. Things will not change until attitudes towards women and rape change in this area.
Papua New Guinea, once home to cannibals, still has an exotic aura. The local tourist economy caters to those notions, and visitors may see a hybrid of the traditional and the modern.
This story is an intriguing blend--we see traditional cultures engaging in the global economy. They have created two villages: a traditional one designed for tourism filled with emblems of their folk cultures, and another one where people work, live eat and play with various markers of outside cultural and technological influence.
"Tourists are taking pictures. They don't want to take pictures of those who are in Western clothes. People who are in Western clothes are not allowed to get close to people who are dressed up in the local dressings."
Questions to Ponder: Which village do you see as the more "authentic" one? How can culture also be a commodity?
Tags: folk culture, tourism, indigenous, culture, economic, rural, historical, unit 3 culture, Oceania.
This pod cast shows the dichotomy of old and new. The villagers earn a living being a living museum of their past culture. But to do that they need to keep all modern influences away from the tourist village which leads to them living in a separate village nearby.
Below street level in Mexico City, archaeologists have found a jumble of bones dating to the 1480s.
In the 1970s, construction workers unearthed numerous archaeological finds as the subway was being constructed. The Mexican government decided to clear the several block of old colonial buildings to reveal the Templo Mayor, the ancient Aztec religious center. Not coincidentally, the Spaniards built their religious center in the same place. During the colonial era, the indigenous residents who spoke Spanish in Mexico City still referred to this portion of the city as la pirámide. Today more finds such as this one are continuing to help us piece together the past of this immensely rich, multi-layered place filled with symbolic value.
Tags: Mexico, LatinAmerica, historical, images, National Geographic, colonialism, place and culture.
This article talks about not only the recent archeological find but the relevance of it. Also included in this article are links to other relevant articles and a cool picture of the past superimposed over the modern day site.
ONEONTA, Ala. -- Potato farmer Keith Smith saw most of his immigrant workers leave after Alabama's tough immigration law took effect, so he hired Americans.
Geography is all about the interconnected of themes and places. This issue in Alabama is displaying these interconnections quite vividly. Economics, immigration, culture, politics and agriculture are intensely intertwined in this issue.
This is another article that highlights the skill deficit in this country. People seem to be afraid of doing hard work and would rather do nothing then work hard to learn this skill. If it were a choice between no job and this type of job people would take the jobs but the third choice of unemployment payments makes people who might do these jobs decide not to. As long as they are paid more to not work then work, they will not do the jobs that need workers. The farmer made a good point that a skilled picker can make $200-$300 a day but an unskilled worker doing the job makes only $24 a day. The work ethic of this country needs to be changed, young people today do not want to work hard or put in the effort. When farmers can no longer get workers how long will it be before there is a food problem as well as a worker problem in this country. It is possible to make a good living doing these types of jobs but not as long as people feel the work is beneath them or they are unwilling to do the hard manual labor required to do the job well.
New York has long been a city of immigrants, but linguists now consider it a laboratory for studying and preserving languages in rapid decline elsewhere in the world.
This is an excellent video for showing the diffusion of languages in the era of migration to major urban centers. It also shows the factors that lead to the decline of indigenous languages that are on the fringe of the global economy and the importance of language to cultural traditions. Here is the article related to the video available.
This article and video were very interesting. They point out how a city full of immigrants can help preserver a dying language. The work being done to learn about and preserve these obscure languages is great. The fact that in New York you will hear language spoken more there than in their home country is astounding to me and very interesting. This fact is key to preserving these language as they are from areas of the world were the technology level is much lower and less likely to be preserved. It is also interesting as it shows where people are coming from to live in NY. The city draws immigrants like a sponge draws in water and this adds to the cultural mosaic that is NY city.
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