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Stories about Arts & Culture

21 September 2017

Equatoguinean Artist Carmen Bolena Explores Her History and Identity Through Her Drawings

"All of this discovery was restorative for my troubled conscience. It no longer hurts to recognize that I am black. I am and I say it bursting with pride."

Afghanistan Mourns Honorary ‘Grandmother’ Nancy Hatch Dupree

"One of a few with unconditional love and adoration for Afghanistan."

18 September 2017

For Some Stunning Photos of Japan, Check Out Tokyo Camera Club

Whether you live in Tokyo or not, anyone can submit an image to be considered for Tokyo Camera Club's feed, as long as the photo is of someplace in Japan.

17 September 2017

A Conversation with Paraguayan Artist Enrique Collar and His Search for Identity

"Art is uncomfortable, you can never feel comfortable," says Paraguayan artist Enrique Collar who is now living in The Netherlands.

14 September 2017

The Indigenous Tharu People of Nepal Risk Losing Their Once-Mandatory Art of Tattooing

We don't take anything with us when we die, but I will take these tattoos. It is a gift of this life and this nature to take to my afterlife.

11 September 2017

The Stories Behind DACA, the Now-Ended Program for Young Undocumented Immigrants in the US

Rising Voices

"The term American should not be defined by a document or the lack of one, but more so the willingness to contribute to the country and help others out..."

10 September 2017

Pioneering Theatre in Azerbaijan Offers a Stage to Actors with Disabilities

“This is not a social project, it’s not a hobby, we are working professionally.”

An Anonymous Psych Patient Is Now Acclaimed as a Master Artist of the Immigrant Experience

For years, Mexican artist Martín Ramírez was only known as a psychiatric patient who made drawings. That narrative is changing.

5 September 2017

Ishinomaki's Reborn Arts Festival: Art Therapy for a Tsunami-Scarred City's Soul

The Bridge

The city of Ishinomaki had recovered physically from the 2011 earthquake and tsunami, but still lacked its former vitality. Enter the Reborn Art Festival.

4 September 2017

Tepache and Pulque: Two Traditional Mexican Beverages Looking for Their Place in the Present

Get to know these ancient drinks that most tourists, and locals, overlook in the Mexican capital.

3 September 2017

Starbucks Opening in Turkmenistan Is Fake News

"At the fake "Starbucks" cafe, a "grande" cappuccino costs 12.50 manats, over twice its average cost in other trendy Ashgabat cafes."

Offbeat ‘Objets d'Art’ Are Rather Commonplace in Japan

"When walking around town, especially in parks and playgrounds, you often see strange 'objets d'art'. Wondering who and what are they for... I am still not sure of the answer."

31 August 2017

From Afro-Spanish Identity to De-colonial Studies in Anthropology

"Today I want to believe that we are in a different phase, with greater empowerment, visibility, and recognition of African descended populations, although there is still a lot of ignorance."

30 August 2017

Macedonian ‘Moby-Dick’ Translator Ognen Čemerski, 42, Was a Meticulous Linguist and Engaged Educator

Čemerski passed away on August 25 of cancer. Beyond literature, he was remembered as someone who made thoughtful commentary about the tense state of affairs in Macedonia.

29 August 2017

New Zealand Artists Launch ‘We Are Beneficiaries’ Social Media Campaign to Highlight Welfare Concerns

Rising Voices

My wish for Work and Income New Zealand is that they treat our older citizens with deep respect, especially if they are caring for grandchildren."

26 August 2017

Could Trinidad and Tobago’s Media Shake Up Usher in a Return to ‘Total Local’ Programming?

While the commitment to local content excites filmmakers and media producers, state media employees share concerns over job security, especially in a slow economy.

24 August 2017

A Look at Some of Syria's Destroyed Heritage

"This is like blowing up the Taj Mahal or destroying the Acropolis in Athens. This is a disaster."

20 August 2017

A New Documentary Shows the Human Side of Male Sex Work in Japan

"The clients are powerful," says one interviewee in "Boys For Sale." "I end up giving in... So no matter what the customer forces me to do. I cannot really refuse."

19 August 2017

Dear Tanzanian Cinephiles, Your Local Film Industry Needs Your Support

The Bridge

Tanzania is blessed with countless stories and young people who are craving to tell them. But they need their compatriots' support in order to succeed.

18 August 2017

A Kenyan Artist Designs Revolutionary ‘Kanga’ Celebrating Queer Love Around the World

The Bridge

"We need to open up a space to talk more about sex, and then artists like me want to open that up even more, to talk about queerness."

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