Stories about Arts & Culture from October, 2006
Guyana: Celebrity culture
When Guyana finally develops a celebrity culture, who will qualify? wonders MediaCritic, offering some suggestions as to who might occupy the A-, B- and C-lists.
Guyana: The generator did it
Guyana-Gyal is “reduced to the lowest common denominator” by a noisy generator.
Trinidad & Tobago: Halloween
At Halloween, “not a tradition associated with the English-speaking Caribbean,” Trinidadians seem happy to mimic the styles coming out of North America, observes Laura at the Caribbean Beat weblog, but perhaps that's merely a symptom of some of the country's other positive attributes.
Haiti: Circles of Change
A recently posted YouTube video (in kwéyol with English subtitles) introduces a programme in Haiti called Circles of Change, which seeks to empower individuals by developing their sense of personal responsibility and their ability to “teach themselves”. “Can hungry people think,” asks one of the participants. “Can poor people exercise...
Kenya: a photo with Michael Johnson
“A random guy walks over, sits next to me, insists that I’m a hero and asks if I would honour him by taking a photo with him. Despite my tiredness and hunger I agree to the photo, mainly because this guy looked pretty desperate.” Who is this guy?
“We are the people of the plateau—we work as much as is necessary to reach a flat, safe place,” says Jamaican novelist Marlon James of his compatriots. “Then we stay there for thirty years.“
Belize: Dangriga Town
Nyasha Lang reports on a visit to Dangriga Town, Belize, where she visits a radio station run by a Garifuna perfomer and learns how easy it is to fall into the habit of wearing several hats.
China: Ancient Chinese sex advice
Alan Baumler at China history group blog goes into the text of Sunu jing–The Classic of the White Girl, to discuss about Chinese thought.
Light Within on people in Pakistan celebrating Halloween. “The festival has recently become popular with children and young people in Pakistan and is especially celebrated in Lahore with delicious food and music.”
China: cross cultural communication
Joel Martinsen in DANWEI translated an article by Yu Qui-yu, a famous contemporary writer and critics, about the challenges on cross cultural communication for Chinese.
Japan: sex's trade
“It is expected that in 2007 the sex industry in Japan will surpass the car manufacturing industry in terms of gross capital net gains”, reported by Alexpappas in Japundit.
Venezuelan Bloggers: A Lot More Than Politics
Regular readers of the Global Voices “daily links” coming out of Venezuela are probably left with the impression that – just a month from presidential elections – the entire country, or at least its bloggers, are single-mindedly focused on politics. And while that may be understandably true of Venezuela's anglophone...
Russia: LJ and Politics
On October 25, International Herald Tribune published Evgeny Morozov's opinion piece on the recent developments in the Russian blogosphere. On his blog – Sharp & Sound: Perspectives On Modern Politics – Morozov wrote: […] I’ve been surprised how little coverage the story has received in the Western media…Hm, virtually none…...
Jamaica, UK: Bob lived here
JT at the Caribbean Beat weblog notes the addition of a plaque honouring reggae superstar Bob Marley to London's list of blue plaques designating landmarks associated with well-known figures: “It's been an interesting week for reggae in London, as officialdom takes a sudden new interest in the music. On Wednesday,...
Guyana: A tale of Eid and ice
Guyana-Gyal tells a story involving and Eid-Ul-Fitr dinner, a lost cell phone and a bag of party ice.
Jamaica: Five Questions with Marlon James
The latest installment in Geoffrey Philp's “Five Questions” series is an interview with Jamaican novelist Marlon James.
Dominica, UK: Jean Rhys
Jeremy Taylor's dislike of the new BBC dramatisation of Dominican novelist Jean Rhys's Wide Sargasso Sea leads him to consider, among other things, Rhys's struggle to reconcile “her creole and European selves” and the British reception of her work.
Ukraine: Another Wedding Video
Dykun posts a 2005 video from a wedding in the town of Pidhajtsi, Ternopil region of Ukraine.
Belarus: A Wedding Dancer
A rather amusing video from a Belarusian wedding party causes a rather serious discussion about the country's present and future, reports TOL's Belarus Blog.
Fiji: Pacifika RSS Feed
Ms. Vakaivosavosa has created a combines RSS feed of several noteworthy Pacific Island blogs. The blogger is inviting the readers to subscribe to the feed.
On the occasion of Dominica's independence, Kenny Green affirms the strength of the island's culture while sounding a warning: “Dominica has some major questions to ask itself about independence. Most of our income was from a protected relationship with Europe which we scream to regain, brokered by England. Our current...