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Delhi braces for return of some serious monkey business

Delhi braces for return of some serious monkey business | Cultural Geography | Scoop.it
The Indian capital had eased its rhesus monkey problems with the help of bigger langur monkeys. Now an animal rights activist argues the solution is illegal.
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Historical, Cultural and Social Issues of place and space
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Teenager’s Prom Dress Stirs Furor in U.S. — but Not in China

Teenager’s Prom Dress Stirs Furor in U.S. — but Not in China | Cultural Geography | Scoop.it
After a Utah high school student wore a Chinese-style cheongsam, Asian-Americans’ reactions were blistering. But that perplexed many on the other side of the world.
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The issue of cultural appropriation comes up again...and I'll share a link for the New York Times as well as Fox News on the same topic. 

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Esri Story Map Treasure Hunt

Esri Story Map Treasure Hunt | Cultural Geography | Scoop.it

Although these were designed specifically for GIS day during Geography Awareness Week, these 2 excellent map-based treasure hunts from ESRI are great any time of year.  The answer to the question will only pop up in you are zoomed in the the right region (SHIFT + Make a box = Zoom to area).  These links will take you to the World Cities quiz and also to the Mountains quiz.

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I love this geography, map-based quiz that let's people explore the world as they learn about some interesting places.  

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Mark Hathaway's curator insight, September 9, 2015 2:52 PM

I enjoyed this exercise, it was fun and creative.

Douglas Vance's curator insight, January 18, 7:00 PM

This is a brand new and to me, a unique way of exploring global geography by using trivia questions as a means to explore the world.

Kami Romeike's curator insight, April 8, 5:29 PM

I love this geography, map-based quiz that let's people explore the world as they learn about some interesting places.  

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He loved ‘The Simpsons.’ But Hari Kondabolu has a problem with Apu.

He loved ‘The Simpsons.’ But Hari Kondabolu has a problem with Apu. | Cultural Geography | Scoop.it

Comedian Hari Kondabolu loves “The Simpsons” but hates the character Apu, a caricature made entirely of South Asian stereotypes. He even made a documentary about it.

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For Some Chinese Uighurs, Modeling Is A Path To Success

For Some Chinese Uighurs, Modeling Is A Path To Success | Cultural Geography | Scoop.it
China's Muslim-minority Uighurs often face persecution and suspicion. But their popularity has grown in recent years as models. "Not to brag, but we are very good-looking," says one Uighur model.
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Curse of the "Lost City of the Monkey God"?

Curse of the "Lost City of the Monkey God"? | Cultural Geography | Scoop.it
An expedition in the jungles of Central America uses advanced technology to search for the remains of an ancient civilization
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Matt Manish's curator insight, March 17, 10:18 PM
I found that this article really captured my attention while reading it. Not only because of the mysterious lost city that was being searched for, but also because the archaeologists looking for it used the laser mapping system called LIDAR to look for the lost city. I have read about this laser system that has come out recently, and how it is making it easier than ever to locate cities that have been lost for centuries due to dense jungles. This laser system scans an area of jungle from a plane and then is able to detect structures such as lost cities that are covered by the jungle below. This is what helped the archaeologists mentioned in this article recently find this lost city. The LIDAR system seems like such an incredibly useful tool to help find ancient structures that are lost in South American jungles. I look forward to future discoveries that will come from this tool, and I wonder what ancient cities we will soon find that have been hidden away from the world for centuries.
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Kashmir tension: Pakistan cinemas ban Indian films

Kashmir tension: Pakistan cinemas ban Indian films | Cultural Geography | Scoop.it
Major cinemas in Pakistan ban Indian films in what they call an act of solidarity with the armed forces as tension mounts over the Kashmir dispute.
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When the cultural economy gets political.

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After 9/11, Public Spaces No Longer Represent Freedom

After 9/11, Public Spaces No Longer Represent Freedom | Cultural Geography | Scoop.it
While seeking to protect them, we have not preserved their greatest importance
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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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How Americans pretend to love ‘ethnic food’

How Americans pretend to love ‘ethnic food’ | Cultural Geography | Scoop.it
The lie Americans like to tell themselves about "ethnic food."
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Outraged by the Attacks on Yazidis? It Is Time to Help

Outraged by the Attacks on Yazidis? It Is Time to Help | Cultural Geography | Scoop.it
Empathy is not enough for me and other women brutalized by the Islamic State. We need the chance to revive our homeland.
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Swiss town denies passport to Dutch vegan because she is ‘too annoying’

Swiss town denies passport to Dutch vegan because she is ‘too annoying’ | Cultural Geography | Scoop.it

"A Dutch vegan who applied for a Swiss passport has had her application rejected because the locals found her too annoying.
Nancy Holten, 42, moved to Switzerland from the Netherlands when she was eight years old and now has children who are Swiss nationals. However, when she tried to get a Swiss passport for herself, residents of Gipf-Oberfrick in the canton of Aargau rejected her application. Ms Holten, a vegan and animal rights activist, has campaigned against the use of cowbells in the village and her actions have annoyed the locals. The resident’s committee argued that if she does not accept Swiss traditions and the Swiss way of life, she should not be able to become an official national."

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Fighting against local customs and place-based traditions can have some political repercussions

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Matt Manish's curator insight, March 16, 2:51 PM
What a unique situation! On one hand it does seem to be a bit ridiculous to deny someone of a passport just because they are "annoying". Also, Nancy Holten who is mentioned in the article does make a good point about the cow bells are hurting the cows in the town she is applying for citizenship in. But as I read further into this article and learned how she is trying to change many of the town's cultural traditions, it began to make more sense why the citizens of the town do not want to grant her citizenship. I find it interesting Holten still wants to move to this Swiss town after they rejected her passport twice already, since most people look for places to live with good neighbors, not a whole town that thinks you're annoying. Ultimately, now that this case has escalated further into an upper level of the Swiss government, it will be compelling to see if Holten is granted Swiss citizenship after all.
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Once a Year, Thousands of Sheep Take Over Madrid

Once a Year, Thousands of Sheep Take Over Madrid | Cultural Geography | Scoop.it
This festival celebrates the centuries-old tradition of seasonal livestock migration.
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Matt Manish's curator insight, March 16, 12:59 PM
I found this to be a very interesting tradition for such a major city in Spain like Madrid. I could definitely see this happening in smaller towns that want to honor their culture and their ancestors, but this seems like it would be the equivalent of seeing parts of New York city closed down for herds of animals to pass through for an old tradition. I find it very unusual that a major city would do this, but also very cool that the citizens of Madrid pay homage to their culture in such a way. Especially with the whole city getting behind it and looking forward to the event. It must be a real sight to see so many sheep passing through this big city as well.
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Norway's Slow TV: Fascinating viewers for hours or days at a time

Norway's Slow TV: Fascinating viewers for hours or days at a time | Cultural Geography | Scoop.it
A surprise hit: Very long television broadcasts of train rides, cruises, burning firewood and knitting
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The Congo Dandies: living in poverty and spending a fortune to look like a million dollars

“La Sape” is a unique movement based in Congo that unites fashion-conscious men who are ready to splurge money they don’t really have on designer clothes
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Outrage erupts over 'racist' detergent ad

Outrage erupts over 'racist' detergent ad | Cultural Geography | Scoop.it
A black man and a young Chinese woman are flirting, as he leans in for a kiss she thrusts a detergent capsule in his mouth and bundles him into a laundry machine.
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Matt Manish's curator insight, March 16, 6:27 PM
Before watching this video and reading the article it was from, I didn't know much about racism in China. I still don't know a whole lot about it, but I do have a little bit better of a grasp of it now after watching this. According this article by CNN, certain parts of China and other Asian countries tend to look down upon dark skin. Adding to that, some Africans in China have apparently reported that they are looked down upon by locals in some parts of China. One can only hope that the backlash on the internet from this racist ad will spark positive change in the future for the culture in China as far as race is concerned.
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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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Peyton Barnes's curator insight, February 23, 2017 7:05 PM
This article really shows how bothered we get when we see others from different cultures. In class, we talked about how easy it is to be weirded out by people from different backgrounds. This reading is absolutely crazy to me, they actually fined the students for what they believe in. Yes, it is a different country than America but I mean seriously. 
Carson Dean Williamson's curator insight, March 1, 2017 1:25 PM
This relates to our class by the insight of other cultures hardships. These people were not accepted because of their customs.
Anthony Neely's curator insight, March 13, 2017 10:15 AM
This relates to culture because it shows how certain peoples belief are not excepted in other place and can cause contoversy other the topic. I believe this is not a way to treat people based in culture or religious beliefs 
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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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Kassie Geiger's curator insight, February 24, 2017 3:13 PM
This article is related to World Cultural Geography by food taboos and culture. The author made a "huge" food taboo on social media. Taboo is a social or religious act forbidden or a gigantic mistake. Apparently, you eat a banana with most dishes in Somali. She (the author) thought the banana was an appetizer, let's just say she thought wrong. This is culture related because food is a part of culture, which means... FOOD TABOOS ARE INCLUDED. 
Heather Durden's curator insight, February 24, 2017 4:42 PM
My initial thoughts on this article that yes if you are Somali then you do put the banana in the rice and not leave it out as well. moreover, this article does show that people do have their own religion and their own way of doing way to put this in a geography way, every country is not the same, we all are different in a way because of where we came from or our traditions as well. To end this, we were all raised in a way that makes us different because its how we are in this world.
Clay Goodin's curator insight, March 7, 2017 11:47 AM
This man was eating Somalian food which was lamb and rice and a banana and he took a picture of his food and put a picture of his food on twitter. An uproar of Somalian people were not laughing with him but at him for the way he was eating the food. In Somalian culture you are supposed to slice up the banana and eat it with the rice but him not being from their culture he was not aware of this.
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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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