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Laura Vidal

I am a Venezuelan trying to become a researcher in Education Sciences in France. I'm interested in cultural expressions through the 2.0 and how we can discover new horizons with people's stories. I deeply believe in the uniqueness and importance of every culture and in the study of them as a mirror to our own. I blog about about languages, literature, cultures, education and more at Crónicas lenguaraces, a blog with an evil twin hosted by in which I share fun stuff I find through my research.

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Latest posts by Laura Vidal

2 September 2015

Can Iranian TV Seduce Viewers in the Land of Telenovelas?

In an age when television offers intense melodramas produced domestically and abroad, can Iranian soap operas—packed with family values and little makeup—win a foreign audience?

17 July 2015

Humanizing Politics and Building Bridges: Katie Brown's Literature-Based View of Venezuela

A researcher from the United Kingdom talks to Global Voices about Venezuela's contemporary literature and how local fiction helps decipher a country misunderstood by many.

10 April 2015

All Eyes on Cuba, Venezuela and the US at the Summit of the Americas

Cuba's participation in the 2015 Summit of the Americas will make history, and the inevitable encounter between the Venezuelan and US presidents will be full of tension.

4 April 2015

Clip Depicting 100 Years of Women’s Fashion in Iran Challenges Media-Driven Stereotypes

"We wanted to show that Iran, just like our country, has never been static."

18 March 2015

In Caracas I Found Tehran

The Bridge

Against the backdrop of the rapprochement between their two countries, Iranians and Venezuelans find friendship and common ground—and love too.

25 January 2015

10 Ways Mexicans Can Reclaim Their Troubled Country, According to Denisse Dresser

Political analyst Denise Dresser gave a talk reflecting on ways to be a citizen in today's Mexico. The YouTube video has received thousands of views and sparked important conversations.

26 December 2014

Where Does Venezuela Fit in the New US-Cuba Love-in?

Cuba and its longtime foe the United States of America are growing closer politically, after a lifetime of acrimony. That leaves Havana's revolutionary ally and patron Venezuela looking worryingly friendzoned.

1 December 2014

Generations of Latin Americans Say Goodbye to Comedian ‘Chespirito’

Roberto Gómez Bolaños, the man behind Latin American hero "El Chapulín Colorado," died at age 85.

25 November 2014

16 Days to Campaign Against Gender Violence

During the campaign we will publish stories, debates and conversations from social media around the world.

14 November 2014

Bodies Found in Southwest Mexico Aren't Those of Missing Ayotzinapa Students

Argentinian forensic experts say remains discovered in a garbage dump don't match the identities of the 43 student teachers who disappeared in September after being attacked by police and criminals.

28 August 2014

From a “Gaza Stripper” in Texas to Chinese Migrants in Egypt, Kim Badawi Photographs Intercultural Encounters

In this interview, photographer Kim Badawi discusses his work on cultural encounters, and on the role of social media when mainstream news fails to report stories that matter to communities.

16 October 2012

The Authors Behind the Venezuelan Literary Boom

This is the second part of an interview with Guillermo Parra of the blog Venepoetics, where he shares his reflections on the new rise of Venezuelan literature and his translations...

18 September 2012

Bringing the Venezuelan Literature Boom to English Speakers

In the first part of a two-part interview, blogger Guillermo Parra shares his experience with Venezuelan literature, social media, and the encouragement he has received from Venezuelan readers to publish...

25 July 2012

Venezuela: Filmmakers Explore Urban Realities

On Caracas' 445th birthday, Laura Vidal shares the work of three filmmakers who give netizens inside and outside Venezuela a different perspective of the Venezuelan capital.

20 July 2012

Venezuela, Japan: Two Japanese Performers Master the Venezuelan Harp

Among the Japanese musicians interested in traditional Venezuelan music, Yoko Yoshizawa and Mika Agematsu stand out in the interpretation of the Venezuelan harp, a key instrument in Venezuelan music from...

9 July 2012

Venezuela, Japan: ‘Estudiantina Komaba’ Music Bridges ‘Distant’ Countries

Have you ever wondered what interests Venezuelans and Japanese could have in common? If manga and sushi were your first guess, we invite you to explore how Japanese musicians have...

19 January 2012

Venezuela: Childhood, Dance, Folklore… and Propaganda

Carmen Helena González shared pictures of a dance rehearsal through a public photo album on Facebook titled "Venezuela dances to the tune of..." The pictures are accompanied by reflections questioning...

6 December 2011

Venezuela: Government Opponents’ Twitter Accounts Hacked

Hackers who support Venezuela's President Hugo Chávez have been taking over the Twitter accounts of his opponents for the last several months. Netizens haven noticed how certain Twitter users, well...

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