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The white tourist’s burden

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"Growing Western demand for altruistic vacations is feeding the white-savior industrial complex.  Volunteerism presents an escape, a rare encounter with an authenticity sorely missed, hardship palpably and physically felt – for a small price."


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Seth Dixon's curator insight, April 23, 2014 6:02 PM

As stated in this article, "Under this program, well-to-do tourists sign up to build schools, clean and restore riverbanks, ring birds and act as caregivers to AIDS orphans for a few weeks. This led to the creation of a profitable industry catering to volunteer tourists. The orphans’ conditions are effectively transformed into a boutique package in which 'saving' them yields profits from tourists. The foreigners’ ability to pay for the privilege of volunteering crowds out local workers."  For a satirical look at this type of tourism, the Onion absolutely delivers.  

Albert Jordan's curator insight, April 29, 2014 2:22 PM

Why not take advantage of "I feel guilty because Im doing exponentially better than them?" or the less politically correct term - "white guilt." Arguably this can be seen as the "those that have" feeling guilty and thinking that by volunteering for a few weeks will make them feel better about their rampant consumerism. As the article points out though, this is not a problem solver. You can build homes for people but without giving them a foundation(and education) in how to take "proper" care of themselves, as well as the proper infrastructure to support them, they will continue to beg, or be unable to find work(if there is any) that will give them the security they need to support the house given to them, or take care of any well water that has been established, etc, etc. Unfortunately, many of the volunteers who pay to volunteer do not want to fix the bigger picture but instead want to get a small taste of it so that they can talk about it over cocktails or use their Kodak moment for a new Facebook default.

Tracey M Benson's curator insight, May 5, 2014 5:59 PM
I have heard from people working long term with schools and orphanages the short term volunteer culture causes more harm than good.Seth Dixon sums this article up:

As stated in this article, "Under this program, well-to-do tourists sign up to build schools, clean and restore riverbanks, ring birds and act as caregivers to AIDS orphans for a few weeks. This led to the creation of a profitable industry catering to volunteer tourists. The orphans’ conditions are effectively transformed into a boutique package in which 'saving' them yields profits from tourists. The foreigners’ ability to pay for the privilege of volunteering crowds out local workers."  For a satirical look at this type of tourism, the Onion absolutely delivers.  

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Map - The 47% of the US where nobody lives

Map - The 47% of the US where nobody lives | AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY DIGITAL  STUDY: MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it

A Block is the smallest area unit used by the U.S. Census Bureau for tabulating statistics. As of the 2010 census, the United States consists of 11,078,300 Census Blocks. Of them, 4,871,270 blocks totaling 4.61 million square kilometers were reported to have no population living inside them. Despite having a population of more than 310 million people, 47 percent of the USA remains unoccupied.

 

Green shading indicates unoccupied Census Blocks. A single inhabitant is enough to omit a block from shading


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What was Rumi talking about?

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"Sufi poetry has been largely misunderstood by modern pop culture. The misuse of Sufi poetry is symptomatic of modern culture's combination of materialism with self-spirituality. The theme that runs through the New Age movement is about experiencing the 'Self' because it is the way to experience the 'God' or 'Goddess' within. As noted by Peter Pels in his 1998 article 'Religion, Consumerism and the Modernity of the New Age', the New Age emphasis on self-spirituality is rooted in late nineteenth- or early twentieth-century occultism."


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Tracey M Benson's curator insight, April 20, 2014 7:42 PM

Very interesting article about interpreting Sufi poetry

Courtney Barrowman's curator insight, April 28, 2014 10:42 AM

unit 3

Albert Jordan's curator insight, April 29, 2014 4:04 PM

As one cultural element crosses over into a new area and meshes with that native culture, especially in places where the people may not have anything better to do than take what they like about a certain thing and ignore the rest - at times ignoring what it is about completely, the original mutates into something similar but different. This can be seen in many Eastern philosophies as they integrate into American culture.

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The Next America

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Demographic transformations are dramas in slow motion. America is in the midst of two right now. Our population is becoming majority non-white at the same time a record share is going gray.

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"The demographic shifts in the United States are transforming the cultural fabric of the country and this interactive feature from the Pew Research Center explores some of these changes.  Interracial marriage, declining fertility rates, migration, economic opportunities and politics are just some of the issues that can be seen in these excellent populations pyramids, charts, videos and graphs." - Seth Dixon 

Amanda Morgan's comment, September 18, 2014 10:46 AM
The demographic shifts will most definitely have an impact on politics and economic opportunities. With as many 85 year olds as 5 year olds, we will see an increase in the need for health care and general overall care for the elderly. There will be more need for social security and retirement plans. While it is a good thing overall that life expectancy is increasing, it may create other issues.
Amanda Morgan's curator insight, September 18, 2014 10:48 AM

The demographic shifts will most definitely have an impact on politics and economic opportunities. With as many 85 year olds as 5 year olds, we will see an increase in the need for health care and general overall care for the elderly. There will be more need for social security and retirement plans. While it is a good thing overall that life expectancy is increasing, it may create other issues.

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10 Corporations Control Almost Everything You Buy

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Nancy Watson's curator insight, April 20, 2014 9:00 AM

Great example of vertical and horizontal integration. Some surprises here, although not all are actually owned by the indicated parent company, but do have connections

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Maps That Will Blow Your Mind

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Mapping the world's economic centre of gravity... http://t.co/OFQIP9lyim
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A County-by-County Map of America's Ethnic Roots

A County-by-County Map of America's Ethnic Roots | AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY DIGITAL  STUDY: MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it
The Washington Post has come out with a map that shows the dominant racial ancestry in the United States' 3144 counties. Some results are not surprising: Did you know that there are a lot of Irish people in Boston? It's not a surprise to see African Americans dominate the South and Mexicans dominate the border counties.

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Nancy Watson's curator insight, April 18, 2014 8:11 PM

Ethnic roots in the US. 

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Yasiel Puig's dangerous defection: Was he smuggled by drug cartel?

Yasiel Puig's dangerous defection: Was he smuggled by drug cartel? | AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY DIGITAL  STUDY: MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it
Yasiel Puig is one of the most-talked about young players in Major League Baseball. Puig made his way from Cuba and wound up playing for the Los Angeles Dodgers. Ben Tracy reports on new revelations about how Puig got to the U.S.
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Monsanto and Big Food Losing the GMO and 'Natural' Food Fight

By Ronnie Cummins 
Organic Consumers Association, April 16, 2014 

For related articles and more information, please visit OCA's Politics and Democracy page, our Millions Against Monsanto page and our Genetic Engineering page.

After 20 years of battling Monsanto and corporate agribusiness, food and farm activists in Vermont, backed by a growing Movement across the country, are on the verge of a monumental victory—mandatory labels on genetically engineered foods and a ban on the routine industry practice of labeling GMO-tainted foods as “natural.” 

On April 16, 2014, the Vermont Senate passed H.112 by a vote of 28-2, following up on the passage of a similar bill in the Vermont House last year. The legislation, which requires all GMO foods sold in Vermont to be labeled by July 1, 2016, will now pass through a House/Senate conference committee before landing on Governor Peter Shumlin’s desk, for final approval. Read more athttp://www.organicconsumers.org/articles/article_29781.cfm ;
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The eastern United States: A lonely cold pocket on a feverish planet

The eastern United States: A lonely cold pocket on a feverish planet | AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY DIGITAL  STUDY: MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it
The wave after wave of bitter cold that has walloped the eastern U.S. since January has truly been an anomaly set against the temperature pattern around the globe.
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The 10 Poorest Countries in the World - Top Ten

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Europe's African Refugee Crisis: Is the Boat Really Full?

Europe's African Refugee Crisis: Is the Boat Really Full? | AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY DIGITAL  STUDY: MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it

“ Since Italy began rescuing Africans from the Mediterranean after the last major tragedy in October, the number of refugees coming to Europe has risen dramatically. Fears of economic immigrants could become a top issue in Europe's spring election.”


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South Korea boycott of Japanese goods over island dispute

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South Korean shop owners are launching a nationwide boycott of Japanese products over a territorial dispute between the two countries.

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Nancy Watson's curator insight, April 23, 2014 7:25 PM

Territorial dispute over the island of Dokdo/Takeshima in the East Sea/Sea of Japan

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The Geography of Small Talk

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Surprising alternatives to "so what do you do?"—from New Orleans to New York.
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Four Excellent Resources For Learning About Cultures Around The World

Four Excellent Resources For Learning About Cultures Around The World | AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY DIGITAL  STUDY: MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it

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Kingdom Tower in Saudi Arabia Will Soon Be the World's Tallest Building

Kingdom Tower in Saudi Arabia Will Soon Be the World's Tallest Building | AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY DIGITAL  STUDY: MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it
Big things are coming to Saudi Arabia.
The Middle Eastern country is set to begin visible construction next week on what is expected to be the world's tallest building at 3,280 feet, according to Construction Weekly.

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10 Corporations Control Almost Everything You Buy

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Palestinian university students’ trip to Auschwitz causes uproar

Palestinian university students’ trip to Auschwitz causes uproar | AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY DIGITAL  STUDY: MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it
A Palestinian professor took his students to Auschwitz to teach empathy and tolerance.

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Rescue of Ancient Ruin of Pompeii Follows New Plan - National Geographic

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Rescue of Ancient Ruin of Pompeii Follows New Plan
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Mount Vesuvius looms over the ruins of Pompeii, destroyed by a volcanic eruption in A.D. 79. PHOTOGRAPH BY CIRO DE LUCA, REUTERS.
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Dodgers' Yasiel Puig's reputed escape from Cuba detailed in report

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LA Magazine reporter says Puig's journey to America is an example of human trafficking and that the MLB, Dodgers, and feds don't want to hear about how he arrived in U.S.
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16 Children And Their Bedrooms From Across The World.

16 Children And Their Bedrooms From Across The World. | AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY DIGITAL  STUDY: MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it

Where they sleep says a lot about the world they live in.


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Allison Anthony's curator insight, April 17, 2014 1:05 PM
What might you be taking for granted?
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Why Google Maps gets Africa wrong

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“ From colonial cartographers to digital depictions, the continent is being sold short, says Think Africa Press”


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Explore the Galapagos Islands with Google Maps - YouTube


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