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Stories about Arts & Culture

25 November 2015

Iranian Cartoonist Who Drew Sadness of Paris Attacks Jailed

It's not the first time Iranian cartoonist Hadi Heidari has been a target for arrest.

19 November 2015

Rastafari Rootzfest Celebrates Jamaica's Emancipation of Marijuana

The Rastafari Rootzfest -- Jamaica's first ever "educational ganja festival" -- is paving the way for the island to make its mark on the emerging global marijuana industry.

Social Media Movements Encourage Indian Women to Wear Their Saree Proudly

From #100SareePact to #SareeNotSorry, Indian women are celebrating the traditional garment online.

18 November 2015

An Artist Burns His Paintings in Solidarity With Innocent Madhesis Killed in Nepal

The conflict in Madhes, the southern plains of Nepal, has to date claimed nearly 50 lives.

15 November 2015

Toraja Festival Features Traditional Dances of Indonesia

More than 100,000 people visited South Sulawesi to celebrate the "Lovely Toraja" festival. Toraja is an indigenous tribe in Indonesia with an estimated population of 1.1 million.

Think You're Cool? Then These Stop-Motion Ultraman Videos Are for You.

A YouTube user has created compelling stop-motion videos of the beloved Japanese superhero Ultraman.

14 November 2015

Old Photos Show How the West Perceived Japan

Adolfo Farsari's hand-painted photos provide a glimpse of how Europeans regarded the country just a few decades after the end of that country's period of isolation.

10 November 2015

Stunning Instagram Photos of Fall Foliage in Japan

These Instagram photos of Nikko, a popular tourist destination northeast of Tokyo, capture the magic of fall in Japan.

9 November 2015

Russian Performance Artist Detained for Setting Fire to Federal Security Service HQ

RuNet Echo

Pavlensky, known for hard-hitting and sometimes shocking performance art, said setting fire to the doors was a symbolic act highlighting the "constant terror methods" used by the FSB against citizens.

7 November 2015

Shiseido's Gender-Bending Commercial

Japanese cosmetic company Shiseido has produced a gender-bending commercial that is turning heads.

4 November 2015

Animated Series ‘South Park’ Showed China's President Kissing a Woman. Who Is She?

Chinese fans worried the scene, in which Xi Jinping kisses a Korean-speaking woman who is not his wife, could get the show banned.

3 November 2015

Five Facts About Mexico's Día de Muertos

The celebration is appearing more and more in the United States, home to a large Mexican community.

1 November 2015

A School in the US Teaches Korean Dads ‘How to Hug’

The Duranno Father School is designed to transform stoic Korean dads into more loving and involved parents. The program includes a literal lesson on "how to hug."

30 October 2015

Latin American Art Show in Italy Promotes Compassion for Refugees and Immigrants

MirgrArte Postale explores immigration through 125 art postcards by 96 artists from 14 countries.

29 October 2015

Indian Scholars Return Their National Awards to Protest Rising Intolerance

"We have never seen an atmosphere like this in India before. There never was any fear to freely voice one’s opinions."

Mainstream Media Comes Under Fire for ‘Biased’ Coverage of Shia Religious Event

Every year, millions of Shia mark the anniversary of the martyrdom of Imam Hussain bin Ali, killed 1,300 years ago. Netizens hit back on how mainstream media get it wrong.

28 October 2015

Kotatsu or Korsy? Is This Heating Method Japanese or Iranian?

Japan and Iran seem to have common techniques for keeping cozy during the winter seasons.

On Drawing Hong Kong's Umbrella Revolution as a Comic Strip

The Bridge

One year after Hong Kong's Umbrella Revolution, cartoonist Jason Li reflects on his social advocacy comic experiment.

27 October 2015

Fans Step Up After Chinese Artist Ai Weiwei Hits Brick Wall With Lego

"No Lego on my Christmas-Burthday shopping list @LEGO_Group. Not supporting Ai Wei Wei @aiww is very disappointing"

Carrot Syrup, Potato Compresses and Nutmeg Necklaces: Grandma's Remedies From Around the World

The Bridge

An international array of nostrums, cures and concoctions, courtesy the grandmothers of Global Voices community members. Try a few and call us in the morning.

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