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· November, 2009

Stories about Arts & Culture from November, 2009

Japanese concepts through images and videos

Lee at Tokyo Times defines the Japanese notions of wabi-sabi through photographs while the Through Eyes From Afar blog posts some videos to explain the concept of tsundere and yandere.

Qatar: Cartoon of maid abusing child raises ire

A cartoon published in a local paper in Qatar depicting a crazed maid abusing a child has raised the ire of Doha bloggers, many of whom are condemning the possible...

Video: Open Video Contest for Trip to SXSW Interactive Festival

The Open Video Alliance is putting out a call out for one minute videos that make a case for Open Video for an opportunity to win a trip to South...

Philippines: TV Ads of Presidential Candidates

Election season has started in the Philippines. Check out the TV ads of presidential candidates which have been uploaded on YouTube.

Zimbabwe: Oliver Mtukudzi honoured

Zimbabwe's biggest music stars Oliver Mtukudzi was last week honoured with a 2009 Cultural Ambassador Award in San Diego in the United States.

Azerbaijan: New Year

Azerbaijan might still be a predominantly Muslim country, but Scary Azeri in Suburbs says that many of the trappings of Christmas in the West can be observed in its New...

Russia: Social Network Graffiti Gains Popularity

English Russia writes about the phenomenon of “social network graffiti” [ENG]  that became very popular among the users of the leading Russian social network Vkontakte.ru.

Egypt and Algeria: Much More Than a Football Match

Who would have believed that a football match could cause such tension between two nations? The trouble between Egypt and Algeria has now reached an unexpected level and many bloggers...

Morocco: Marrakesh Film Festival to Focus on Korea

The View from Fez reports that the Marrakesh Film Festival plans to screen a record 44 films from South Korea this year.

Sri Lanka: Learning To Let Go

Roshanthi Lucas at Random Thoughts tells why it is important to learn “to let go of things that are not necessary”.

Indonesia: Youth, Art, and Nationalism

Many young Indonesians are expressing their nationalism through art.

Indonesia: Some groups want to ban ‘2012’ movie

Several regional branches of the Indonesian Ulema Council want to ban the movie ‘2012’ claiming the film's content is “unsuitable to be viewed by Muslims because only Allah knew when...

Burmese Songs to be Used as Ring Tones in Thailand

A company in Thailand bought more than 100 popular Burmese songs to be sold as ring tones for mobile phones in Thailand.

Japan: British teenager becomes a YouTube star

She is British, blond, slim and cute. Her name is Beckii Cruel [ja] and, at age 14, has become an idol on the Japanese web. Beckii Cruel started to gain...

Uruguay: Film About Robots Invading Montevideo

The locally produced short film called Panic Attack! created by Fede Alvarez shows the science fiction story of robots invading the Uruguayan capital of Montevideo. The blog El Bachural [es]...

Guatemala: The Streets of the Capital City

The look of the streets of Guatemala City has changed over the past 20 years. The blog Guate en los 80s [es] takes a look at the culture of that...

Guatemala: The Illustrations of Roberto Galvez

The Guatemalan blog Colectiva [es] writes and features modern art around the world, but it also provides special focus on local artists, including Roberto Galvez, whose illustrations were recently featured...

Trinidad & Tobago: On Stage?

“One can live in hope that a Carnival Stage is looming somewhere in the future right?”: Trinidad Carnival Diary is “a bit skeptical to believe…that work is expected to start...

Japan: Artist and morality

Neojaponisme has a blog post about the protocol for Japanese record labels to pull their artists’ CDs from stores when they are arrested on drug charges or for any other...

Taiwan: Introducing Best English Blogs

David on Formosa publishes a series of posts introducing some of the best Taiwan blogs in English(bridge bloggers).

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