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· December, 2008

Stories about Arts & Culture from December, 2008

Caucasus: 2008 Blog Review

Last year ended with a state of emergency declared in Georgia, but few could imagine that the events of 2008 would eclipse those of 2007. Three presidential elections, a war,...

Oversleeping in the Philippines

Going against the current traces the cultural roots of oversleeping as a taboo in the Philippines.

Philippines: Watching Pinoy Big Brother

Overwrite views the popular reality TV show Pinoy Big Brother from a Baudrillardian lense: ‘When one watches the show, where is the center-point? Who is watching who? And which side...

Philippines: Music Teacher's Memoirs

A young music teacher from the southern Philippines shares her experience on teaching musical expression to children.

Myanmar: Shoes, politics and colonialism

Shoes had been a symbol of politics in Myanmar. Aung Zaw of The Irrawaddy writes about a “shoe incident” involving British colonizers who didn't remove their shoes when they met...

Japan: The year in Japanese blogs

What were bloggers writing about this year in the Japanese blogosphere? The year in Japanese blogs at Global Voices included posts on everything from an American Enka singer making waves...

Memories of Christmas in Cameroon

Expats in Cameroon blog about how they are spending the Christmas holidays in their host country, while Cameroonian bloggers abroad write about their memories of spending those special days back...

Trinidad & Tobago: Booming

Caribbean Free Radio posts an interesting podcast with Trinidad rapso artistes 3 Canal.

Central and Eastern Europe: A Christmas Roundup

A holiday season roundup: Tanja of Czechmatediary recalls family Christmas celebrations of her childhood, writes about the Czech Christmas Mass, and shares a recipe of Vanocka (“Christmas bread”); CzechFolks.com writes...

Guatemala: Nativity Scenes Around the Holidays

Alfa of Guate 360 [es] writes about the evolution of the Nativity Scene in Guatemala, and how it has become much more colorful and full of scents due to the...

Czech Republic: A Politics-Free Roundup

Politics-free posts from the Czech Republic: a charity project to help orphans organized by Czech model Tereza Maxova, bankruptcy of one of the largest Czech glass companies, and Karel Gott's...

Ukraine: Hutsuls and Crimean Tatars

My Simferopol Home writes about her dissertation plans to compare histories of exoticism in the Ukrainian Hutsul and Crimean Tatars cultures: “So, why these two groups? While distinct in ethnogenesis,...

Ukraine: Holiday Season Update

Ukrainian holiday season update: music – at Natalia Antonova's blog; sights – at Greetings from Kyiv; politics – at Ukrainiana.

A Caribbean Christmas

'Tis the season - and nowhere celebrates Christmas quite like the Caribbean! Here's a glimpse into what bloggers are doing to get into the spirit of the festivities...

Pakistan: Love Of Arabian Language

The view from behind my specs… comments: “everyone in Pakistan seems to have some strange affiliation with the Arabic language.” Read the post to learn why.

Guadeloupe, Martinique, Guyane: Celebrating Christmas with “Chanté Nwel”

With Christmas approaching, the French Overseas Departments of Guadeloupe, Martinique and Guyane are vibrating to the tune of their folk musical instruments like ka (a big drum)[Fr], ti-bwa (two bamboo...

Hong Kong: Not too boring Christmas

Karden, with her black and white cats, wish you a not too boring Christmas. (via inmediahk.net)

Japan: Christmas illuminations within a click

Blogger Happy Kernel suggests a website that collects videos of Christmas illumination along the streets of every Japanese city. The idea of this website's creator, Shinya, was to make it...

Turkey: An Online Apology to Armenia Campaign

According to Istanbul Calling, a new online campaign allowing Turks “to sign onto an apology for the “great catastrophe” that the Armenians suffered during World War I” has been launched...

Turkey: A New Take on the Gingerbread House

Carpetblogger proposes a new Christmas tradition, the making of “Ginger Kondu”- gingerbread houses modeled after the architecture of Turkish squatter villages called Gecekondu.

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