NEWS: Cultural Identity: Language, Religion, Ethnicity, Gender

VIDEO via Frontline: India-The Missing Girls

March 21, 2014 // 0 Comments

Frontline Roughtcut Website In 2006, when my wife and I traveled to India to live and work, the one issue that kept grabbing our attention was northern India’s deep cultural preference for sons over daughters. The desire for sons can be so great, that some families, after having a girl or two, will abort female fetuses until they bear a son. The practice is called female feticide or sex selection. In some ways this is a very old tale. Long before medical abortion became available, unwanted girls were killed after birth or not given enough food and medicine to survive. But modern technology has changed that. Ultrasound machines, which make it possible to determine the gender of a fetus, have spread from big city hospitals to small country clinics. Portable machines are taken to remote villages by motorcycle. As a consequence, infanticide has given way to feticide. Despite a law banning sex selective abortion in force for a decade, as many as half a million female fetuses are [...]

NEWS via CNN: Plugging China’s talent pool

March 20, 2014 // 0 Comments

Plugging China’s talent pool By Zarina Banu for CNN March 20, 2014 — Updated 0603 GMT (1403 HKT) Many are leaving China for reasons like education, food and wealth security and air quality. STORY HIGHLIGHTS China sees 8.5 million mainly middle-class living abroad with less than 10% moving in Paper in China calls exodus “the world’s worst brain drain” Hong Kong (CNN) — “Culture is not the main reason why most Chinese people leave. This is a romantic view. Most people leave China because of practical reasons like education, food and wealth security and air quality.” This is the view of Li Chen, who moved to Hong Kong from the mainland two years ago. A combination of pragmatism and aspiration led the 32-year-old Masters of Journalism student to leave. He said when his wife was offered the chance to relocate to Hong Kong, the timing for the couple was just right. The move allowed Li to pursue his passion for photography and will earn him [...]

NEWS via NPR: Who Had Richer Parents, Doctors Or Artists

March 18, 2014 // 0 Comments

Who Had Richer Parents, Doctors Or Artists A few weeks ago, we were sitting around the office arguing over this simple question: Who had richer parents, journalists or people working in finance? Doctors or artists? More generally: What’s the link between household income during childhood and job choice during adulthood? After some poking around, we figured out how to settle the argument. A government survey has tracked more than 12,000 people for decades. It allowed us to look at the same group of people in 1979 and 2010 — from a time when most were teenagers to the time when they were middle-aged and, for the most part, gainfully employed. We crunched the data a few ways. First, here’s a table that answers our basic question. It links peoples’ jobs as adults in 2010 to their parents’ income when they were kids in 1979. Job As Adult Household Income During Childhood Farming, Fishing, And Forestry less than $35,000 Child Care Workers, Home Care Workers, etc. [...]

NEWS via Christian Science Monitor: Why African-Americans are moving back to the South

March 16, 2014 // 0 Comments

After decades of moving north, thousands of blacks are returning to their Southern roots for economic and cultural reasons. By Carmen K. Sisson, Correspondent / March 16, 2014 Artist Kia Darceo left Milwaukee for Atlanta, which she calls ‘Black Mecca.’ This is the cover story in the Mar. 17 issue of The Christian Science MonitorWeekly. Melanie Stetson Freeman/Staff WEST POINT, MISS. When Charlie Cox told his friends he was leaving Chicago, no one tried to talk him out of it. After 35 years at General Motors, he was ready to retire. Ready to trade the cold and the crime and the frenetic pace of life for the rivers and fields of his youth. He had grown up in rural West Point, Miss., and he had moved north with his family when he was 9 years old, but somehow his heart had never quite followed. His spirit yearned for the South, and, as the years passed, the memories of his childhood burned brighter until he couldn’t stand it any longer. There was only one problem: [...]

NEWS via Saratogian: China worries it’s losing the Pop-Culture Arms Race

March 9, 2014 // 0 Comments

China worries it’s losing the pop-culture arms race By Gu Jinglu and William Wan, The Washington Post POSTED: 03/07/14, 6:14 PM EST | BEIJING — There is no shortage of problems facing China these days: a terrorist attack that recently left 29 people killed and 143 injured; corruption in government; a worrisome slowdown in economic growth. So when the country’s two highest governing bodies met in Beijing this week, what was the burning issue on the delegates’ lips? A South Korean soap opera that has taken the country by storm. To be fair, it’s hard to overstate just how popular this show is these days. After the show’s female lead mentioned “beer and fried chicken” in one episode, it became one of the most invoked phrases online. Restaurants cashed in and started selling beer and fried chicken meals. One pregnant woman from Jiangsu, a province in eastern China, almost had a miscarriage, according to some news reports, after she stayed up too many nights [...]

NEWS via NewYorkTimes: Some Who Fled Cuba Are Returning to Help

March 7, 2014 // 2 Comments

Some Who Fled Cuba Are Returning to Help By DAMIEN CAVEMARCH 4, 2014 At Atelier, foreigners and Cubans find food and service that had disappeared from Havana for decades. Credit Todd Heisler/The New York Times HAVANA — The business ideas have ranged from a bikini franchise to a peanut farm, restaurants, and design firms for software and home interiors. But even more novel than the pitches — in a country where entrepreneurship used to be illegal — is the financial muscle behind them: Cuban-Americans whose families lost their previous ventures to Cuba’s Communist government. “It’s all about people not losing hope and seeing that starting a business is a way to improve their lives,” said Eduardo Mestre, 65, a Wall Street banker who returned to Cuba last year for the first time since 1960 to see the start-up training he helps finance. “Emotionally, it’s very hard not to connect with people who have all this ambition in a place where maintaining hope is very hard to [...]

NEWS via Telegraph: The maps which explain the Ukraine crisis

March 7, 2014 // 0 Comments

The maps which explain the Ukraine crisis As Russia and Ukraine come ever closer to blows over Crimea, we explain, using maps, the issues at stake 10:35AM GMT 04 Mar 2014 Ukranian and Russian Military Balance Ukraine’s regular army has only 65,000 soldiers, compared with almost 300,000 deployed in Russia’s western and southern military districts, which border Ukraine. Russia also has an established military presence inside the Ukrainian region of Crimea, centred around the Black Sea Fleet base at the port of Sevastopol. These forces have now fanned out across Crimea and seized de facto control of the territory. EU gas dependency The three pipelines that carry gas across Ukraine to Poland and Slovakia and on to the EU. Trade sanctions are unpopular among European countries, which are heavily dependent on Russian oil and gas. Europe gets 40 per cent of its natural gas from Russia. Germany is particularly reluctant to get into a sanctions war since it imports more than a [...]

NEWS via NBCNews: First Americans May Have Been Stuck in Beringia for Millennia

March 6, 2014 // 0 Comments

First Americans May Have Been Stuck in Beringia for Millennia BY ALAN BOYLE WILLIAM MANLEY / IAAR / UNIV. OF COLO. This map shows the outlines of modern Siberia (left) and Alaska (right) with dashed lines. The broader area in a darker shade of green, which is now covered by ocean, represents the Bering land bridge as it existed about 18,000 years ago. Anthropologists say that the ancestors of Native Americans started making their way from Siberia to the Americas 25,000 years ago over a land bridge that once spanned the Bering Sea — but there are gaps in that story: Why didn’t those migrants leave behind any archaeological traces until 10,000 years later? Now scientists are homing in on an explanation: During all those millennia, the first Americans were isolated on the land bridge itself. When the land bridge vanished, so did the evidence of that Beringian culture. The “Beringian Standstill” hypothesis was first proposed by Latin American geneticists in 1997, as a [...]

MAP via Sentencing Project: How Felon Voting Policies Restrict the Black vote

March 3, 2014 // 0 Comments

Cartogram of disenfranchisement rates, 2010. (Sentencing Project) In Florida, more than one in five black adults can’t vote. Not because they lack citizenship or haven’t registered, but because they have, at some point, been convicted of a felony. More than 20 percent of black adults have lost their right to vote in Florida, Kentucky and Virginia, according to the Sentencing Project, a group that advocates for reforms to sentencing policy that reduces racial [...]

NEWS via AlaskaDispatch: How religion in the US today tracks closely with geography

February 13, 2014 // 0 Comments

How religion in the US today tracks closely with geography Brad KnickerbockerThe Christian Science Monitor February 9, 2014 Tell me where you live, and there’s a good chance I’ll know your religion.  Mississippi or Alabama? Protestant. Rhode Island or New Jersey? Roman Catholic. Mormon? That’s easy: Utah, although a substantial minority in Idaho is Mormon too. Vermont or Oregon? You could well be “unchurched.” Demography isn’t exactly spiritual destiny. But for most Americans, their religious identity tracks closely with where they live. If they’re Protestant, they’re more likely to live in the South. Seven of the ten most-Catholic states, on the other hand, are in the Northeast – although California and New Mexico, with heavily Hispanic populations, have large numbers of Catholics as well. These are some of the findings in a new Gallup survey. “All 10 of the most Protestant states are located in the South,” Gallup reported this week. “Nine of these [...]

NEWS via CNN: Mainland Chinese line up for Australia’s ‘millionaire visa’

February 9, 2014 // 0 Comments

Mainland Chinese line up for Australia’s ‘Millionaire Visa’ By Peter Shadbolt, for CNN February 4, 2014 — Updated 1145 GMT (1945 HKT) Chinese immigration into Australia now represents the third largest group after migrants from the UK and New Zealand. STORY HIGHLIGHTS Chinese are the biggest group to apply for Australia’s ‘millionaire visa’ High wealth individuals must invest $A5 million in Australia to get a visa Those investing for more than four years are eligible for permanent residency Chinese are the third largest immigrant group in Australia after the UK and NZ Hong Kong (CNN) — There’s little doubt which country Australia is targeting under its immigration scheme for the super-wealthy; the investment visa is called sub-class 188 and its permanent visa is called sub-class 888. In China, the number eight is culturally associated with wealth, prosperity and good fortune and rich Chinese nationals have been queuing up for the [...]

NEWS: Indian woman and baby burned alive for dowry, police say

February 4, 2014 // 0 Comments

See on Scoop.it – Advanced Human Geography Police in eastern India have arrested the husband and parents-in-law of a 22-year-old woman for allegedly burning her and her 1-year-old baby girl alive. TheHumanImprint‘s insight: The haunting reminder that dowry deaths are still a part of deeply rooted patriarchal societies. Keyterms: Dowry death, Bride Burning, South Asia, Patriarchal Society, Gender Inequity, Dowry See on [...]

NEWS via PRI: A Haitian artist fights to preserve the vodou religion

January 21, 2014 // 0 Comments

Listen to the full story here  A Haitian artist fights to preserve the vodou religion Credit: Swoan Parker/Reuters A vodou worshipper takes part in festivities on the first day of the Haitian Festival of Ancestors in Port-au-Prince. Erol Josué is a dancer, a recording artist, a vodou priest, and an expert on the vodou religion’s culture and history. “They beat me in the name of Jesus,” Josué sings in one song. “They burn me in the name of Jesus.” The lyrics of this old vodou song date back to slavery days in the 18th Century, but their warning rings true today for some vodou practitioners — or vodouisants — who feel under attack. The old joke goes that Haiti is 70 percent Catholic, 30 percent Protestant and 100 percent Vodou. For Josué, this is no joking matter. Last year, he took a government job as head of Haiti’s National Ethnology Office. He’s on a mission to get Haitians to realize that they need to embrace their vodou heritage [...]

NEWS via NPR: The Katydid Dilemma: Will You Eat Insects?

January 17, 2014 // 0 Comments

Could this be the onset of the Fourth AGRICULTURAL REVOLUTION? One thing is for sure, it would have made ESTER BOSERUP smile. -Human Imprint ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Reblog via NPR The Katydid Dilemma: Will You Eat Insects? by BARBARA J. KING January 17, 201411:13 AM It’s right there on the dinner menu at Oyamel (a Washington, D.C., restaurant), listed under the “authentic Mexican tacos” section: Chapulines The legendary Oaxacan specialty of sauteed grasshoppers, shallots, tequila and guacamole. $5.00 Whether it’s sauteed grasshoppers at Oyamel or katydid grilled cheese sandwiches prepared for the annual Bug Fair at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles, insects are the new darlings of the avant-garde food world. At least that’s the message in the chapter called “Grub” from Dana Goodyear’s book Anything that Moves: Renegade Chefs, Fearless Eaters, and the Making of a New American Food Culture. Which animals we [...]

RESOURCE: Conlangs: What in the…

January 14, 2014 // 0 Comments

The CONSTRUCTED LANGUAGES (aka CONLANGS) that are used in Game of Thrones’ Dothraki, Avatar’s Na’vi, Star Trek’s Klingon and LOTR’s Elvish are all fictitiously constructed languages used for the purpose of Hollywood. Invented languages can present a bit of a conundrum as they have an extensive vocabulary, grammar rules, and even dialects. The conundrum being…what then constitutes as a real language? The TED talk may help straighten things out a bit. Teachers can flip this lesson by [...]

INTERACTIVE: Pinpoint your Location via Dialect Map

January 10, 2014 // 0 Comments

The New York Times posted a 25 question survey that asks the participant questions about their DIALECT-the vocabulary/LEXICON that they use to speak various terms and phrases. With the information, the results will give the participant an approximation of their location based solely upon their responses. Of course, if you over think your responses, it could end up placing you in Toronto, [...]

NEWS via PRI-The World: ‘Burka Avenger’ Cartoon Aimed at Empowering Pakistani Girls | @pritheworld

September 17, 2013 // 0 Comments

Topics: Gender empowerment, GEM, Gender Equity, Religion, Islam ———————– ‘Burka Avenger’ Cartoon Aimed at Empowering Pakistani Girls BY NINA PORZUCKI ⋅ JULY 26, 2013 ⋅ POST A COMMENT This past Sunday, TV host Aamir Liaquat Hussain gave one couple the surprise of a lifetime. He handed the childless couple an abandoned baby girl to keep. He stunned the couple and the nation. Hussain’s stunt is an extreme example of a relatively new phenomenon says Arif Rafiq who studies Pakistani politics for the Middle East Institute. “Pakistan has a booming private media,” Rafiq says. “Dozens of privately owned news channels and cable entertainment changes and much of the content is religious. So what we see is a merging of religious sentiment as well as a budding form of commercialism and materialism and capitalism and what we saw in that television program was an ugly confluence of the two.” Model Mathira Mohammed starring in the [...]

NEWS via CNN: Where have India’s females gone?

September 13, 2013 // 0 Comments

Via: CNN. Where have India’s females gone? By Carl Gierstorfer, Special to CNN September 11, 2013 — Updated 2101 GMT (0501 HKT) Editor’s note: Carl Gierstorfer is a journalist and filmmaker with a background in biology. He has produced and directed documentaries for German public broadcaster ZDF, Discovery Channel and the BBC. His work on violence against women in India was supported by the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting. His website is www.carlgierstorfer.com. (CNN) — The New Delhi rape case left the whole world wondering why India is treating its women so badly. In fact, discrimination against women already starts in the womb: India has some of the most distorted sex-ratios in the world. There are regions where fewer than 800 girls are born for every 1,000 boys. For many reasons Indian culture prefers sons. An expensive bride-price, or dowry, is only one of them. Carl Gierstorfer is a journalist and filmmaker, focusing on violence against women [...]

ORIGINAL: Counterculture: I Ain’t No Burger!

June 18, 2013 // 0 Comments

In what appears to be a cultural phenomenon that preaches exactly opposite what the Gangnam Style revolution brought (lavish lifestyle of new money in the South Korean city of Seoul), a COUNTERCULTURE effort is being rapped by young adults in the country of Pakistan. In Pakistan, a DEVELOPING COUNTRY that is finding its footing in a COMMERCIALIZED world, the Mr. Burger fast food chain provides halal burgers to the masses.  A typical WESTERN style food chain, Mr. Burger offers meals to those who can afford it, thus the new title that is given to young urban professionals, “Burgers.” Though the Mr. Burger food chain succeeds in ACCULTURATING the masses into Western tastes, there are some that look to turn their back on the would-be-Burgers by giving “Burgers” a negative connotation. Rapper Talha Anjum from the Young Stunners says, “A Burger is someone who wants to be someone they aren’t, someone who wears skinny jeans and Nikes, uses a smartphone, and [...]
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