· January, 2007

Stories about Arts & Culture from January, 2007

Philippines: Blog Parteeh 2007

  27 January 2007

Janette Toral congratulates the organisers of the latest Blogger's event in Philippines. The bloggers also lists what she achieved at the event.

Thailand: Thai Style Ministry of Culture in the US

  27 January 2007

Chani, a Thailand native living in the US, writes about the new Thai governement's campaign aimed at youngsters to improve their morals. The blogger asks if a similar effort would work in the US.”Do you believe that controlling some of that behavior in the schools here would be effective? Plenty...

A Week Goes by in Kuwait

  27 January 2007

A couple of Kuwaitis have just participated in Gulfrun, an event which Kthekuwaiti attended, and which he described as: ” GulfRun is a yearly ‘rally’ that starts off in Kuwait with the cars going to Bahrain and back for the weekend (think mini-Gumball). The F1 circuit has been reserved for...

Russia: Roma Wedding and Christmas

  26 January 2007

The flag of the Roma people. According to Wikipedia, it “was approved at the First World Romani Congress in 1971, held in London, UK. The flag consists of a background of dark blue and green, representing the heavens and earth, respectively. The flag also contains a red chakra, or spoked...

South Korea: Hongdae redevelopment

  26 January 2007

Matt in Gust of popular feelings blogs about his experience of Seoul city culture: eating places, cafes, etc. Such spaces are disappearing with redevelopment plan, the upcoming one is Hongdae redevelopment.

China: new Chinese movement

  26 January 2007

Joel Martinsen from DANWEI translated an interview at New Century Weekly with Tang Yi, an etymologist and world religions researcher, who argues that a “New Chinese Movement” is needed to return standards to the language.

Latvia: Border Dispute

  25 January 2007

Marginalia writes about Latvia's border dispute with Russia and about “putting things in order”: “When a state “puts things in order,” it has a sad tendency to forget real people and real places, methinks.”

India: Mylapore Festival 2007

  25 January 2007

Metroblogging Chennai has notes from Mylapore Festival 2007. “Outside, once you cross the archway that proclaims the Mylapore Festival, the city follows the usual Mylapore routine: rickshaw and cycles tinkle along the roads pedestrians squeeze by after office hours and harried home-makers and office-goers alike stop by the pavement to...

Nigeria: Nigeria's top models

  25 January 2007

Bella Naija blogs about Nigeria's top models, “Years after veterans like Linda Ikeji and Uri Jones paved the way, the modelling industry in Nigeria is booming. Yes, there are Nigerian models repping us in South Africa, Europe and New York but there are some top notch Nigerian models who are...

Peru: The National Marinera Competition

  24 January 2007

Alejandro of Peru Food takes a break from cuisine to focus on the upcoming National Marinera Competition In Trujillo. Included are several videos of the dance including one from Trujillo's Coliseo Gran Chimú, where the competition is held.

Sri Lanka: Art and the Tamil Tiger

  24 January 2007

Biting sarcasm at ravana, as contribution of Tamil Tigers to art is discussed. “The head of HR confirmed that for functional artisans and pure artists alike, immediate post mortem appreciation is guaranteed with the LTTE’s rewarding martyrdom retirement plan.”

Bahamas: Leaving the tourism plantation

  23 January 2007

“All of us can collectively turn our backs by remembering that tourism is a job that we do, it is not who we are. It is a necessary evil, it is not our reason for being. Serving tourists well is not the greatest achievement we can aspire to, and it...

Vietnam: Visiting Hue

  23 January 2007

Virtual Doug gives us a pictorial tour of the alleys in Hue, the former royal capital city of Vietnam.

Russia: The Language Issue

  23 January 2007

Ruminations on Russia writes about the language issue in Russia: “The problem is apparently that the near abroad prefer their own language and English to Russian and Russian (strange that), and native Russians (whoever they may be – but that's a different topic altogether) have a nasty habit of eating...

Latvia: Riga Folk Choir

  23 January 2007

Dykun posts “footage of members of the folk choir Skandinieki singing this past weekend at a rock that marks one of the spots in Riga where 5 people were killed during a Soviet crackdown on January 20, 1991.”

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