McDonald’s workers in the 1990s Soviet Union were required to smile – regardless of cultural norms that discourage excessive smiling. This NPR podcast explains what happened in the aftermath, as customers grew to like it… and workers did, too!
Two professors (one Indian and one white-American) ponder the influence that their own race has on teaching race in the college classroom.
This article by Chryselle D’Silva Dias on Global Post looks at skin color in India and the way some people are fighting back against the view that lighter skin is better. Included is an example of a commercial for a skin whitening cream.
Fascinating story on the history and proliferation of Chinese restaurants in the United States, and their link to immigration and limitations on immigration.
“When she was in fifth grade, Regina Mason received a school assignment that would change her life: to connect with her country of origin. That night, she went home and asked her mother where they were from.
“She told me about her grandfather who was a former slave,” Mason tells Fresh Air’s Terry Gross. “And that blew me away, because I’m thinking, ‘Slavery was like biblical times. It wasn’t just a few generations removed.’ ”