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Stories about Arts & Culture

17 February 2017

Award-Winning Hong Kong Political Cartoonist Refuses Self-Censorship

"You speculate that the government may sue the publisher, and so decide to censor the work. The whole incident goes against my principles."

16 February 2017

Here Are Some of the Southeast Asian Artifacts in the Met Museum's Public Domain Collection

"Since our audience is really the three billion internet-connected individuals around the world, we need to think big about how to reach these viewers..."

‘We Need to Normalize HIV Now, Not Tomorrow,’ Says One Chilean Artist

"I have HIV. I am a person."

15 February 2017

An American Artist Is Inking ‘RESIST’ Tattoos for Good Causes

"...it's our collective responsibility to make sure they're positive and progressive steps towards a brighter future for EVERYONE."

Please Drink in and Inhale These Unusual Superstitions Before You Visit Kyrgyzstan

Pour tea sparingly, wave money at a full moon, burn plenty of pine needles and tell your nightmares to running water.

13 February 2017

Online Documentary Tells Stories of Adolescent Mothers From Bulgaria

"Often, they are given no chance of making their life choice themselves and they are left in the closed loop of illiteracy, un-employment, and poverty."

Palestinian Authority Bans Novel for ‘Threatening Morality and Public Decency’

The Palestinian Authority's decision to ban a novel is being met with a lot of resistance.

11 February 2017

Morgan Freeman Makes Surprise Cameo in Uzbek Film. Oh, Wait. No, He Doesn't.

Move over 'fake news', here come 'fake trailers'.

9 February 2017

Trinidad & Tobago's Carnival 2017 Playlist: Part 1

The Bridge

An opinionated mini-guide to the music that's setting Trinidad and Tobago's Carnival celebrations alight this year.

7 February 2017

Dispatch Beirut ‘Restores’ Damaged or Neglected Parts of the City With Legos

"Our goal is not erase our memories of war but to give hope to not give up on a country that has suffered so much."

From Vietnam to the US, the Zodiac Is an Important Part of Vietnamese Culture

"...when you meet Vietnamese elders, they don’t ask how old you are as much a lot of the time as your year you were born, your zodiac year..."

3 February 2017

Marvel Meets Orishas: A Brazilian Artist Is Turning African Gods Into Superheroes

"For someone born and raised in Bahia, the African influence on our culture goes beyond the religious. It affects our habits, our speech, our food. It's part of our identity."

2 February 2017

Russia's Latest Internet Meme Is a Friendly Dutch-Designed Abomination

RuNet Echo

If you spend too much time browsing the Russian Internet, you’ve definitely encountered a bizarre-looking walrus thing sitting on a chair, clasping his hands in quiet anticipation. That's Zhdun.

1 February 2017

Listen to the Tranquil Sounds of the Jetigen, One of Central Asia's Forgotten Instruments

The instrument was once popular across the Turkic world, but its present stronghold is the Russian Republic of Khakassia.

28 January 2017

Goodbye to Buchi Emecheta, Celebrated Nigerian Novelist Who Broke Gender Barriers

"Perhaps Emecheta’s grandest legacy was making us realise that feminism isn’t alien to Africa. She clearly defined African feminism as one that is different from that of the West."

27 January 2017

The Struggle to End Female Genital Mutilation in Africa

"If I had previously known what I know today, I would never have circumcised a single woman. We have caused much suffering to many daughters and wives."

25 January 2017

Meet the Young Ecuadorians Behind the First Kichwa-Language Radio Show in the US

“The show is about expressing oneself and not being afraid to do it.”

24 January 2017

The First Non-US Animated Short to Win an Oscar Was Made by a Director From Croatia

With Academy Award nominations around the corner, learn about the director from Croatia who won the Oscar in 1961 for Best Animated Short Film.

22 January 2017

India's Education Minister Says Cow Is the Only Animal to Inhale and Exhale Oxygen

"When will this nonsense end? Or will it end at all? Each claim appears more ludicrous than the previous one."

19 January 2017

Bhutan's Authorities Ban Film for ‘Misusing’ Religious Masks on Screen

"This narrowed minded decision is not just a ban against the film but a decision against the freedom of expression and creativity in Bhutan."

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