The Centre for the Old Quarter's Culture Exchange introduces the image of rat, the mascot of the Lunar New Year 2020, in folk culture. Those who are interested in Tet paintings have the chance to explore Vietnam’s three folk painting types through exhibitions of Hang Trong paintings, Kim Hoang paintings and Dong Ho paintings. … [Read more...] about Hanoi’s Old Quarter hosts various cultural activities to greet new spring
On one hand, you have a small group of vocal people who enjoy taking offence at everything – remember when Lena Dunham suggested that bad cafeteria sushi was cultural appropriation? On the other hand, you have bigots who seem to think it is clever to say things such as: “Non-white people wearing suits is cultural appropriation.” The concept has lost all meaning and become a straw man to be kicked around in the culture wars. … [Read more...] about Are rows over cultural appropriation a dastardly PR ploy?
Cultural appropriation is the political correctness as death of civilisation dream straw man. It’s a gnarly and complicated subject that has few clear parameters, there are no obvious victims, and it’s very handy for pearl clutching. Many who accuse others of cultural appropriation aren’t sure what they mean. It is a loose, arbitrary and amorphous notion. At its most precise it is about an attitude, a lack of sensitivity and humility towards the cultures and totems of others, underscored by a refusal to acknowledge that the relative political and racial power of the “borrowing” culture is relevant – a broken compass of what is appropriate. Beyond that it’s just instinct. … [Read more...] about It’s Halloween – time to bring out the ‘cultural appropriation’ scare stories
Latest data unveiled by Italy's National Tourism Observatory at the forum show that airport arrivals from China in the first 11 months of 2019 grow by 16 percent on an annual basis. In 2018, Chinese visitors to the country registered 5.3 million overnight stays, which marks a 5.2-percent increase from the previous year. … [Read more...] about China-Italy year of culture and tourism kicks off with official event in Rome
Whereas the NCAA guidelines require that transgender women take medication to suppress testosterone production for one year before competing with cisgender women—at which point, as a 2011 NCAA report on the guidelines notes, “any strength and endurance advantages a transgender woman arguably may have as a result of her prior testosterone levels dissipate”—Carroll says that such a requirement would be unethical to place on high school athletes. … [Read more...] about Mack Beggs, The Teenage Trans Wrestler Facing His Biggest Fight