Why Aren’t There More Interracial Love Songs? NPR

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

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Seeking Edge in Academics, Chinese Spend Summer in U.S. by By JANE PERLEZ and HELEN GAO, NY Times

“By some estimates, more than 100,000 Chinese students, some as young as 10, flocked to the United States this summer to delve into American life and culture. Some studied diligently in programs intended to improve their SAT scores. Others kicked back and enjoyed more leisurely pursuits, on group tours that visited Las Vegas, New York and Disneyland. Some attended outdoor camps.

The surge in students traveling to the United States for the summer is the latest iteration in China’s booming multibillion-dollar overseas education business. Until recently, the vast number of Chinese education agencies that broker students’ entry to American colleges and private high schools concentrated on preparing them at home in China. They coached well-off, fee-paying, and, in some cases, brilliant Chinese students in the intricacies of the American admissions process.”

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/08/30/world/asia/well-off-chinese-students-summer-in-us-seeking-an-edge.html?hpw

Liberal Education in Authoritarian Places by By JIM SLEEPER, NY Times

The challenge of US Universities opening branch campuses abroad. “At its best, a liberal education imbues future citizen-leaders with the values and skills that are necessary to question, not merely serve, concentrations of power and profit. Universities that abandon this ideal are lending their good names to the decline of liberal education; turning themselves into career-networking centers for a global managerial work force that answers to no republican polity or moral code; and cheapening the value of the diplomas they hand out, at home and abroad.”

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/01/opinion/sunday/liberal-education-in-authoritarian-places.html?hp

World of Grief and Doubt After an Adoptee’s Death by By RACHEL L. SWARNS and DAVID M. HERSZENHORN, NY Times

Issues of culture, diplomacy, expectations, and child rearing often emerge in international adoption cases.

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/01/us/widening-ripples-of-grief-in-adoptees-death.html

The American-Western European Values Gap American Exceptionalism Subsides UPDATED FEBRUARY 29, 2012

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.

http://www.pewglobal.org/2011/11/17/the-american-western-european-values-gap/