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Stories about Culture

25 August 2016

Africans Have a Laugh at Themselves Imagining ‘If Africa Was a School’

"Madagascar would be the kid no one invites to a party coz they live out of town."

Earthquake Destroys More Than 200 Ancient Temples in Myanmar

The ancient temples of Bagan are as important as the Angkor Wat of Cambodia and Borobudur of Indonesia.

23 August 2016

Put Down the Marvel and DC, Kids: Russia Just Bought You a Patriotic Comic Book.

RuNet Echo

The three “primary goals” of the comic book are creating alternatives to foreign superheroes, incentivizing teenagers to become active in sports, and raising basic levels of knowledge about military service.

Where's the Party At? Trinidadian Developers Created an App for That!

A passion for partying has inspired two young Trinidadian software developers and entrepreneurs to design an app that makes it easy for other partygoers to find their groove.

20 August 2016

Defying Web Censors, Chinese ‘Worship’ Toads to Mark a Former State Leader’s 90th Birthday

"While the toad's era was not free, it looked better than [Xi's] era...Chinese people worshiping the toad is similar to prisoners in confinement, missing their brief outdoor recess."

18 August 2016

A Nepalese Version of Humans of New York Tells the Stories of Individuals From All Walks of Life

"After all, a picture may say a thousand words, but a few words can change the story."

16 August 2016

The City of Mariupol, Ukraine's Line in the Sand

The Bridge

"This is a war in which the interplay of informational conflict and physical violence is especially evident, in which disinformation and propaganda muddle motives, deny violence, and seek to confuse."

14 August 2016

Indonesia’s First Palace Art Exhibition Celebrates Independence Struggle

"This kind of exhibition is expected to be able to grow and keep the love and pride of nationalism in the minds of Indonesian people, especially the youth."

From Harbin to Shenyang, Reminders of Japanese Rule Hang Heavy over Northeast China

"There is a wreath here from the Japanese Consulate in Shenyang, and the Japanese government has officially acknowledged [the Pingdingshan massacre] took place."

11 August 2016

Filmmaker Digs Up the History and Controversy Beneath ‘100 Years of Beauty’ in the Dominican Republic

Inspired by the Cut.com series, Lala Films tells the history of Dominican beauty over the past century. And it doesn't leave out the controversy.

Through Photography, This Bangladesh Pilot Is Sharing One Hell of a View of His Country

"I am an aviator by profession and photography is my passion. I do try to show my motherland from the air, sharing the amazing, breathtaking landscapes with everyone I know."

10 August 2016

Makandal Daaga, Leader of Trinidad & Tobago's Black Power Revolution, Remembered As ‘A Man Out for Change’

Netizens discuss the life and legacy of Makandal Daaga, who led the country's 1970 Black Power movement and became actively involved in the political landscape of Trinidad and Tobago.

Empathy for the Enemy and the Oppressed: Political Pop Songs from the Eighties

The Bridge

A look back at seven pop hits from the 1980s that pack a political punch.

9 August 2016

Decades After Killings and Displacement, Afro-Colombians’ Struggle Isn’t Over

“Yesterday they displaced us, murdered us, and kidnapped us. Yesterday and today we are together holding hands with the world, resisting death, and resisting impunity.”

8 August 2016

Food Trucks Have Arrived in Hong Kong, But Not Everyone Is Lining Up

More than half of the new food-truck licenses ended up in the hands of big corporate food subsidiaries. Many, however, believe the scheme is poorly and unfairly designed

7 August 2016

Southeast Asia’s Iconic Mosques, Temples, Pagodas, and Cathedrals

Where can you find the largest Catholic cathedral in Asia, the world's largest religious monument, and the only mosque without a dome? Only in Southeast Asia.

6 August 2016

On the Eve of Independence Celebrations, Jamaicans Delight in the Rio 2016 Olympics Opening Ceremony

From Rio's green theme to the pomp and circumstance of the Parade of Nations, the opening ceremony of the 2016 Olympic Games inspired a sense of national pride for Jamaicans.

There's an Official Funk Song for the Olympics, but Funk Artists in Rio Say They Face Persecution  

"I think funk is repressed because it has so much potential to turn people into political actors...”

5 August 2016

Trinidad & Tobago's Culture Was ‘Made Richer’ Thanks to Earl Crosby

"He was one of those people that you think would always be there — and then he's suddenly gone and this hole is created that can't be easily filled."

A Recipe for the Perfect Kyrgyz Advert: Horses, Mountain Scenery and a Beautiful Woman

"After all, as our ancestors always said, do not ask for a quick horse, ask for a safe journey."

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