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NEWS via theguardian: Moana: progressive paean to Polynesia – or another of Disney’s cultural blunders?

January 7, 2017 // 0 Comments

Moana: The Progressive Paean to Polynesia or another of Disney’s Cultural Blunders? This is an article that discusses whether Moana, the Disney movie, is an example of cultural appropriation or an attempt to be culturally inclusive. Human Geography Application: This would be a good article to step off into a debate among students, whether Moana is an example of cultural appropriation or an attempt to be culturally inclusive. This would be appropriate when discussing ethnicity, commodification, cultural insensitivities, folk vs. pop [...]

NEWS via Mashable: Mapmakers Debate How to Define Crimea

March 21, 2014 // 0 Comments

Mapmakers Debate How to Define Crimea A cartographer at work, circa 1930.IMAGE: VINTAGE IMAGES/HULTON ARCHIVE/GETTY IMAGES BY COLIN DAILEDA1 DAY AGO Much of the world is watching how the high-stakes tug-of-war over Crimea will play out, but few groups of professionals are more invested than cartographers. Cartographers are tasked with mapping the political dimensions of the globe. That means when a piece of land switches ownership between countries, it’s their job to decide whether they want to make that change official. The latest debate for this small but influential club is centered on Crimea, the once-autonomous region of Ukraine that voted on March 16 to become a part of Russia. Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a treaty to annex the peninsula, and it now must be approved by the Russian parliament. On Wednesday, the Ukrainian governmentannounced it was pulling out its troops. But Western nations including the United States, the U.K., and Germany, have not [...]

DEBATE: Whole Foods Faces Boycott Over English-Only Work Policy

June 13, 2013 // 0 Comments

Whole Foods faces boycott over English-only work policy – NBC News.com. Fact: The United States does not declare an official language. So what’s the big deal anyway? Do you think the Whole Food’s policy is needed or racist? Position 1: Pro-Bilingualism Isn’t it a good thing that there are staff members who are able to communicate bilingually? Maybe the bilingual speakers feel more comfortable or even share camaraderie in their heritage. Bilingual speakers have the ability to help customers who may speak another language. Shouldn’t we be encouraged to speak multiple languages? Some Europeans pride themselves in being able to speak four or five different languages. Does this show that Americans are hesitant towards allowing other heritages from expressing themselves in public? Is this an attempt to squash civil liberties, especially if there is no law. Should big business be allowed to create employee rules that prevent languages other than English from [...]
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