What’s rude (or acceptable) vary internationally!
For Valentine’s Day, NPR reporter Shereen Marisol Meraji looked at race in love songs. In her words:
“You don’t hear pop stars crooning about miscegenation these days. But, as we know, coupling up across racial and ethnic lines is happening now more than ever. The 2010 census showed that interracial and inter-ethnic married couples grew by nearly 30 percent in 10 years.
So if pop music is a reflection of the issues of the day, why aren’t we bobbing our heads and shaking our hips to more songs with lyrics about cross-cultural lovin’?”
Here’s the story (text and audio link): http://www.npr.org/blogs/codeswitch/2014/02/14/276782537/pop-music-lags-dealing-with-interracial-love-anxieties?sc=17&f=3
Growing controversy over the use of a nonverbal gesture linked to Nazi Germany is increasing in France. Questions of racial/cultural hatred versus freedom of expression, political correctness, and history are part of the discussion in this very real case study currently unfolding.
- BBC News – Who, What, Why: What is the quenelle gesture? http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/blogs-magazine-monitor-25550581
- The Daily Mirror (UK Newspaper) – Nicolas Anelka, Dieudonné and why la quenelle can never be considered an innocent gesture: http://www.mirror.co.uk/sport/football/news/nicolas-anelka-quenelle-dieudonnes-la-2970567
- Haaretz (Israeli Newspaper) – What the hell is a ‘quenelle’? Why everyone is searching Google for an anti-Semitic salute: http://www.haaretz.com/blogs/routine-emergencies/1.566422
There are many good sources that look at the roots of the conflict in Syria. Here are a few:
- The One Map That Shows why Syria is so Complicated: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/worldviews/wp/2013/08/27/the-one-map-that-shows-why-syria-is-so-complicated/
- Nine Questions About Syria You Were Too Embarrassed to Ask: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/worldviews/wp/2013/08/29/9-questions-about-syria-you-were-too-embarrassed-to-ask/
- UNESCO Warns Syrian Heritage Being Destroyed: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/08/30/unesco-syria-_n_3844191.html
- Those Ancient Differences: http://www.economist.com/blogs/erasmus/2013/09/sects-syria
- Aleppo Roulette: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-23696829
- Boy Killed for an Off-Hand remark about Muhammad – Sharia Spreads in Syria: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-23139784
- King Abdullah of Jordan In January 2013: The New Taliban Will Be In Syria, It Will Take At Least 2-3 Years To Clean Up Al-Qaeda (disquietreservations.blogspot.com)
- A Guide to Syria’s Best Citizen Journalism (newrepublic.com)
Not new, but interesting! “As has long been the case, American values differ from those of Western Europeans in many important ways. Most notably, Americans are more individualistic and are less supportive of a strong safety net than are the publics of Britain, France, Germany and Spain.”
Thanks again to Young Sietar!
Americans are taught that more choice is better, but not all cultures are the same. Sheena Iyengar studies choices and ideas about them cross culturally, encouraging listeners to question their own assumptions.
The Intercultural Communication Institute sponsors a wonderful Summer Institute for Intercultural Communication each July. The website and list of this year’s courses is at http://www.intercultural.org.