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Stories about Arts & Culture

16 April 2015

Cartoon Mascots in China Make Social Policing Cute

The mascots model “civil” behavior” and spread new norms about acceptable public behavior, specifically targeting newly urbanized migrants learning to share urban public spaces for the first time.

There’s Already a Rap Song Dedicated to Russia’s Twerking Bee-Costumed Teens

RuNet Echo

Young people in Orenburg are changing their profile pictures on VKontakte, Russia’s most popular social network, to a banner that reads, “We don’t want to fight, we want to dance.”

14 April 2015

How Do Madagascar's People Get By on So Little? With Lots of Ingenuity

"Ady Gasy", a documentary by rising filmmaker Lova Nantenaina, portrays the resourcefulness of Madagascar's people to overcome their daily struggles.

10 April 2015

The Kremlin Declares War on Memes

RuNet Echo

By saying it is illegal to add celebrities’ images to certain memes, the Kremlin could be opening the door to banning a whole genre of absurdist online humor.

5 April 2015

In Bangladesh, a Mobile App Provides a Platform Where Women Can Feel Free to Talk

Maya provides a platform where women can freely speak about their emotional, medical, legal, and social needs anonymously, without being judged.

4 April 2015

Clip Depicting 100 Years of Women’s Fashion in Iran Challenges Media-Driven Stereotypes

"We wanted to show that Iran, just like our country, has never been static."

1 April 2015

Radio Ambulante Reimagines Latin America’s Most Beloved News Source—the Radio

Radio Ambulante co-founder and executive producer Daniel Alarcón talks about the radio program’s journalistic lineage, the new immigrant reality, and stories that blow borders to bits.

Cherry Blossoms Help Japanese Town Shake Off Tsunami Sorrow

Cherry blossom season means more than just pretty photos published on social media. It's a time for Japanese people to reflect, hope, dream, and come to terms with loss.

Beyond War and Death, See the World Through Syrian Eyes

A Syrian Photography collective wants to show you the beautiful faces of Syria.

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