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Stories about Culture

26 July 2017

Hell on Earth in Chittagong: Floods Wreak Havoc in the City

"The waterlogging in Chittagong has worsened today. It seems nobody cares. God save everyone."

25 July 2017

A Final Glimpse of Cambodia’s Iconic Phnom Penh White Building Before Its Demolition

The Cambodian government plans to build a multipurpose complex in the land occupied by the iconic White Building in the capital city.

21 July 2017

Brazil’s First Indigenous Online Radio Station Uses Digital Media to Promote Native Languages and Communities

Rising Voices

Rádio Yandê uses technology to shred stereotypes and misconceptions about Brazil’s native communities.

Three Decades After Dictatorship, Theater Aids the Search for Identity and Truth in Argentina

"There are already two generations that do not know their identity, we do not want to witness a third."

20 July 2017

Up-and-Coming Trinidadian Soca Singer Devon Matthews’ Journey Comes to an End

The 36-year-old, whose "star was on the rise", collapsed after performing at a Carnival band launch and was rushed to hospital, where he could not be revived.

Caracas the Deceiving City (and Other Forms of Pain)

The Bridge

“Caracas is different, it has a sense of identity. There is fear for sure, but there is also the happiness of small things. [...] The small hidden treasures.”

A Look Back at Japan's Transformative ‘Showa Era’

One Twitter account combs encyclopedias, photo magazines, guidebooks and other sources for nostalgic images from Japan's postwar recovery.

19 July 2017

A Water Weed Is Damaging Ethiopia's Largest Lake and Putting Livelihoods at Risk

The lake has become a symbol of the dire state of Ethiopia’s natural resources at a time when Ethiopia’s fast-growing population needs more of everything.

Ethiopia's Music of Resistance Stays Strong, Despite Repression

Global Voices Advocacy

Amid wide-scale protests and a violent government crackdown, Afan Oromo musicians have begun to rise as a visible — and audible — driving inspiration for the opposition movement.

Lost in Translation in Central Asia: Keep it in the Family

'Tuuganchylyk' has already jettisoned two Kyrgyz leaders and their kin into lives of exile. The Trumps clearly weren't paying attention.

Mexican-American Researchers Reclaim Heritage to Radically Change the Way We Eat

"Decolonizing our diets is a political stance, one that rejects white supremacy and Eurocentrism as the organizing narrative of “healthy” food and recognizes cultural knowledge held by our immigrant communities."

16 July 2017

Jamaican Dancehall Star's Instagram ‘Diss’ of Cultural Icon Sparks War of Words

"I feel like this discussion sparked by Ishawna's comment will morph into what aspects of culture/history we should/shouldn't celebrate."

15 Movies That Speak to the Complex Relationship Between Taiwan and Japan

Only since the late 1980s have filmmakers begun to examine the two countries' history, from colonial rule and World War II to present day.

14 July 2017

Ethiopian Musicians Charged With Terrorism for ‘Inciting’ Song Lyrics

Global Voices Advocacy

In the face of government repression, Afan Oromo musicians have risen as a visible -- and audible -- source of inspiration for the opposition movement.

The Unusual, Sometimes Mysterious Bookmarks Found in Used Books in Japan

"This handmade bookmark in my second-hand book is so cool."

For Syrian Refugees Living in Jordan, Journalism Offers Hope and Opportunity to Rebuild Their Homeland

For Syrian refugees in Jordan, Syrians Between Us provides the skills they need to tell their own stories.

13 July 2017

In the Ruins of Eastern Abkhazia's ‘Ghost Towns’, Life Goes On

"I don’t know what will happen, but we will plant zucchini."

12 July 2017

Myanmar’s Challenging Media Landscape, in Cartoons

Global Voices Advocacy

Cartoons published by The Irrawaddy over the course of four years— from 2014 to 2017—reflecting the media milestones and hardships experienced in Myanmar.

A Syrian Artist From the Israeli-Occupied Golan Heights Explores Identity and Humanity in His Work

“I was motivated because I’m born undefined — and I’m still undefined — but I came to understand myself more through understanding others."

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