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Stories about Culture

27 August 2015

China Won't Tolerate Anything but Praise for Its Showy World War II Parade

"...all news and comments related to the military parade must be carefully reviewed before posting to guarantee they are positive and not offensive..."

24 August 2015

A Japanese Woman’s Impressive Appetite Leaves the Internet Hungry for More

Yuka Kinoshita has gained famed for the sheer amount of food she can pack away. She uploads her videos to YouTube.

23 August 2015

Want to See the First Free African Town in the Americas? Go to Mexico

Afro-Mexicans proudly share the story of “El Yanga,” apparently an enslaved prince from the Yang-Bara tribe from Gabon, who helped slaves to be free from the Spanish around 1570.

Afro-Latin American Women Use Social Networks to Commemorate Over a Decade of Struggle

"The situation of women of African descent is a unique one: because of their gender they find themselves even more vulnerable and susceptible to exclusion."

22 August 2015

Tourism Poster That Put Jamaica on the Map Gets New Life

What is perhaps the most famous travel poster in world history got a new wave of attention thanks to a recreation by American musician Alicia Keys.

21 August 2015

Netizens Think Official Explanations for Tianjin's Dead Fish Are as Likely as Fish Drowning

"These fish felt ashamed. They saw that so many people had died. They felt sorry and drowned themselves."

20 August 2015

Despite President Rouhani's Promises, Films Continue to Be Banned in Iran

Rouhani's remarks during his election campaign increased hopes that banned films would make their way to the cinemas. That hasn't been the case.

Tajikistan Cracks Down on Pop Idol Traffic Rule Breakers

"Like many ex-Soviet cities, Dushanbe has a driving culture straight out of a Fast and Furious movie. Potholed roads encourage swerving at speed."

19 August 2015

A Ping-Pong Table Puts Singapore's Intellectual Property Regulation Under the Spotlight

"...we feel that more can be done to encourage, respect and protect content creation. Unfortunately, limited understanding of artists’ rights and standard industry practices remains."

18 August 2015

Instagram Photos Offer a Peek Into Nagasaki's Unique Send-Off for the Dead

Isolated Nagasaki, in western Japan, has a unique approach to Obon, the festival of the dead observed in Japan each year in mid-August.

A Trailblazing Media Outlet Fact-Checked the Peruvian President's National Address

Were the president's claims about his government's investment in education true? False? Misleading? Ojo-Público had the answer in real-time.

Meet Venezuela's Orthodox Priest Who Rocks in His Robes

Father Elias is not your typical rock star, playing in a priest's robe. He's not what many expect a priest to be like, either.

17 August 2015

The Hilarious Mystery Surrounding Items Forgotten on Japanese Trains

A Matome Naver user has compiled a list of perplexing items that Twitter users have found inside train cars, including a brass tea kettle, a bonsai tree and a tomato.

Kyrgyz Rappers Trash Bribe-Takers in Hip-Hop News Segment

"There are no clean people on this old stage."

15 August 2015

Amazing Japanese TV Commercial Racks Up Views

A popular commercial about an amazing game of baseball has gone viral in Japan.

14 August 2015

This is How Michael Jackson Sounds in Quechua

14 year-old Peruvian Renata Flores Rivera's version of Michael Jackson's "The Way You Make Me Feel" has been viewed more than half a million times on YouTube.

Using Paperclips, Broccoli or Microchips, This Japanese Artist Creates a Whimsical Diorama Every Day

A Japanese artist makes cool dioramas with everyday objects, and has cultivated a massive following on Instagram.

Gaza's ‘Colorful Neighborhood’ Brings Hope and Healing in Palestine

Gaza's Al Zaytoun is called "the colorful neighborhood" for its brightly painted streets and decorated walls, an urban renewal effort following 2014's Israel-Gaza war.

Google's New CEO Sundar Pichai is Getting a lot of Love from India

Google has created a new larger holding company Alphabet with a new CEO for Google, Sundar Pichai. Indian social media users welcome Pichai's new leadership with greetings, pun and humour.

12 August 2015

18 Stunning Photographs of the Rana Tharus From the Southern Foothills of Nepal

Solveig Boergen, a German photographer who lives and works in Japan, travelled to the Kanchanpur district of western Nepal to capture the daily lives of the Rana Tharus.

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