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· May, 2016

Stories about History from May, 2016

30 May 2016

Giant David Bowie Mural Unveiled in Sarajevo

The mural recognises Bowie's participation in humanitarian efforts during the siege in the Balkan city in the 1990s.

28 May 2016

How Beauty Trends Have Changed in Japan Over the Past 100 Years

From long hair to short, from heavy make-up to more subtle, beauty conventions in Japan have undergone a fascinating transformation over the past century.

26 May 2016

Now's Not a Good Time to Wear a Hammer and Sickle T-Shirt in Indonesia

"Fear of communism, fear of liberalism, fear of LGBT, fear of Chinese and foreign powers: personalities of those with inferiority complexes. Fearing their own stupidity."

18 May 2016

The Caribbean Memory Project Is Crowdsourcing Family Histories to Preserve the Region's Cultural Heritage

"We come from a very complex place, and that the histories we possess are even more complex. We -- Caribbean people -- are very fragile keepers of our history."

17 May 2016

The Luhansk Excursions: Dashcams and Nostalgia in Eastern Ukraine

The Bridge

Videos of the contested eastern Ukraine city of Luhansk filmed with dashboard cameras have become a way for displaced residents to reconnect with their home.

15 May 2016

Taking Back Japan, One History Textbook at a Time?

The Bridge

By pushing for the omission of certain ideas from history textbooks, the current Japanese administration is promoting a revisionist view of the country's past. Will they succeed?

12 May 2016

Twitter Provides a Treasure Trove of Photos of China and Japan During World War II

Two Twitter accounts provide a much-needed look back at World War II in China and the rest of Asia.

Happy 50th Birthday to Rana, Masud Rana, Bangladesh's Very Own James Bond

"But for the 90s kids like me, Rana and Kazi Anwar Hussain are legends. I am indebted to them as they showed the world to me through those books."

Were Authorities Really Tricked Into Hosting a Cultural Revolution Throwback Concert? Chinese Are Skeptical.

"It is impossible for 56 Flowers to perform at the Great Hall of the People without prior approval from central authorities..."

9 May 2016

Confused About the Mapuche Conflict in Chile? This Animated Video Can Help

"The mosaic of the Mapuche people is diverse. But all who have an awareness of being Mapuche are united by the desire for justice, recognition, respect, equality and value."

6 May 2016

For Fascinating Photos of 20th-Century Japan, Look to 21st-Century Twitter

A Japanese Twitter account serves up an amazing selection of nostalgic photographs of Japan taken throughout the 20th century.

‘Graffitours’ Capture a Colombian Community's Painful Past and Search for a Better Future

"We tell this story with great sadness, but we have to keep the memory alive. The memory must never be lost..."

The Fascinating History of Colombia's Currency, in 140 Characters or Less

On Twitter, @MonedasColombia shares facts about Colombia's currency. For example, did you know that 100 years ago, the National Bank released a 25 peso bill with a dog on it?

4 May 2016

Why One Macedonian Man Is Breaking His Vow to Never Protest Again

Tome Stankovski was brutally arrested during protests last year and says he still suffers from the trauma of that experience. But he has now joined the Colorful Revolution.