Books of The Times: ‘Milkman’ Slogs Through Political and Cultural Tensions in Northern Ireland

In Anna Burns’s novel, winner of this year’s Man Booker Prize, an unnamed girl is menaced by a political dissident’s affections.
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Nonfiction: Does Our Cultural Obsession With Safety Spell the Downfall of Democracy?

Two new books — “The Splintering of the American Mind,” by William Egginton, and “The Coddling of the American Mind,” by Greg Lukianoff and Jonathan Haidt — warn of the threat to the country’s political and social well-being by a fractured generation convinced of its fragility.
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An Appraisal: Neil Simon Drew Big Laughs, Then Came a Cultural Shift

Though he remains the greatest American comic playwright, Mr. Simon was standing over a fault line in the culture that eventually pulled him down.
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Ken Jeong Calls Out Hollywood’s ‘Cultural Insensitivity’

Ken Jeong delighted audiences in “Crazy Rich Asians” as Papa Goh, the high-haired, nouveau riche father of the Goh family. But behind the laughter, a range of emotions welled behind the comedian, for the road to “Crazy Rich Asians” was a deeply emotional one. Even now, while doing press for the film, Jeong can’t help but […]

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With Emmett Till Reference, Camille Cosby Invokes Oft-Used Cultural Touchstone

Bill Cosby’s wife is one of many public figures who have used Till’s horrific killing as a synonym for injustice, sometimes in ways that stir up their own kind of anger.
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10 Cultural Battles That Ruled 2017

Trump versus Hollywood. Echoes of the Confederacy. Taylor Swift and the alt-right. Here’s a not-so-nostalgic look back at some of the year’s fiercest fights.
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Cultural Studies: 20 Years After Diana’s Death, a Happier Ending Imagined

In an age of alternative facts, “fan fiction” about celebrities (living and dead) has become more popular.
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Arts Groups on Edge as New York City Re-Evaluates Cultural Funding

Smaller arts organizations in disadvantaged neighborhoods hope to end up with a bigger piece of the pie.
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Cultural Studies: Cash Is King No More

When there are so many forms of money that, simply through use, earn us more money, paying cash seems like a sucker’s deal.
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Fiction: Sonic Youth: Cultural Appropriations of Two Musical Hipsters

The young music producers in Hari Kunzru’s “White Tears” invent a lost blues legend who may turn out to have been real all along.
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Cultural protectionism: how governments attempt to support their national music industry

Cultural protectionism: how governments attempt to support their national music industry


The music industry likes to stress that it currently encounters a deep crisis. While comparable industries could claim the same, the music industry has the advantage that music belongs to culture which is traditionally subsidised and protected by the national government. Therefore, the music industry tends to request either financial or legislativesupport from the government for solving its problems. National music policies have become common since the nineteen-seventies and each state takes a different approach and attaches different importance to supporting its national music industry (Wallis & Malm 1984: 217). This essay evaluates the issue whether governments are able to take effective measures to protect their music industries. Firstly, I will present the various methods that governments use to support the domestic music industry. Secondly, I will introduce case studies to show the measures being taken in different countries. After illustrating the extensive cultural policy in France, the employment of a radio quota is elucidated with the example of Canada. In addition, I will show how Germany makes stronger efforts towards a popular music policy and how countries try to promote their national music through export offices. Consequently, I will show how the European Union makes its first attempts to promote the music of its member states as a common culture in order to strengthen the EU music industry. Generally, this essay concentrates on analysing the popular music industry but it is interesting to note that government subsidies for classical music and the ‘high arts’ are on a much higher scale (Internet src: 8).

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Brooklyn Cultural & Market Tour in New York

Brooklyn Cultural & Market Tour in New York


From farms to pushcarts to markets to the kitchen table, Brooklyn’s culinary and cultural environment is constantly changing. This Cultural and Market Tour will give you an insider’s perspective.Once known for its pickles and kosher meat, East Williamsburg, Brooklyn now serves up herbal teas from Mexico, the sounds of salsa music, and traditional foods and products from various Latin American countries.You will explore the history of Brooklyn’s “Avenue of Puerto Rico,” an area that was once the heart of a Jewish community and is today at the center of the Spanish-speaking community.You will get an insider’s look at the Moore Street Market that was built in 1941 to mark the end of the pushcart era and continues to be an important institution to the neighborhood today. Enjoy meeting the vendors, sampling their delicious foods and beverages, and learn about Ecuadorian, Mexican, Dominican and Puerto Rican dishes.The tour will also make a stop at Anibal Meats Market where you will learn about the history of butcher shops along Moore Street.This cultural and culinary tour tells the story of Brooklyn’s layered ethnic history through its food so bring your appetite and have fun discovering how today’s Brooklyn came to be.
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Cultural Studies: Every Day’s a Holiday (or Two)

Private rituals are now public. Communal events are worldwide. Everyone is invited, and please bring a smartphone.
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Women and Households in Indonesia: Cultural Notions and Social Practices

Women and Households in Indonesia: Cultural Notions and Social Practices


Critically examines the usefulness of the ''household; concept within the historically and culturally diverse context of Indonesia, exploring in detail the position of women within and beyond domestic arrangements. So far, classical household and kinship studies have not studied how women deal with two major forces which shape and define their world: local kinship traditions, and the universalising ideology of the Indonesian regime, which both provide prescriptions and prohibitions concerning family, marriage, and womanhood. Women are caught between these conflicting notions and practices. How they challenge or accommodate such forces is the main issue in this book.
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Women and Households in Indonesia: Cultural Notions and Social Practices

Women and Households in Indonesia: Cultural Notions and Social Practices


Critically examines the usefulness of the ‘household; concept within the historically and culturally diverse context of Indonesia, exploring in detail the position of women within and beyond domestic arrangements. So far, classical household and kinship studies have not studied how women deal with two major forces which shape and define their world: local kinship traditions, and the universalising ideology of the Indonesian regime, which both provide prescriptions and prohibitions concerning family, marriage, and womanhood. Women are caught between these conflicting notions and practices. How they challenge or accommodate such forces is the main issue in this book.


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Of Thee I Zing: America's Cultural Decline from Muffin Tops to Body Shots

Of Thee I Zing: America's Cultural Decline from Muffin Tops to Body Shots


My culture is depraved, Not sure it can be saved . . . Of Thee I Zing. Land filled with STDs, Pants way down to the knees, Nary a “thanks” or “please” This is going to sting. . . . While Laura Ingraham was walking through a Northern Virginia shopping mall one Saturday afternoon, it all became clear to her: Our country is in grave peril. Our culture of ignorance, arrogance, and gluttony undermines our present and endangers our future. Everywhere she turned, she saw signs of the impending disaster: zombie teens texting each other across a café table; a man having his eyebrows threaded at a kiosk; a fiftyish woman shoehorned into a tube top and skinny jeans; and a storefront ad featuring a Victoria’s Secret model spilling out of her push-up bra and into the faces of young passersby. Ingraham wondered, “Is this it? Is this what our forefathers fought for? What my parents struggled for? I wonder if Victoria’s Secret is still having that two-for-one sale?” In an act of patriotic intervention, the most-listened-to woman in talk radio casts her satirical eye upon all that ails American society. In this sharp-witted comic romp, Laura Ingraham takes you on a guided tour through ten levels of our cultural hell. You know we’re in trouble when . . . Airplane seats shrink—just as the passengers expand. Celebrity baby names go from the peculiar (Apple, Stetson, and Daisy Boo) to the pathetic (Bamboo, Blanket, and Bronx). People meticulously tend their virtual crops on Farmville, while their children eat takeout. “Breaking News” usually means it happened yesterday. The weddings last longer than the marriages. Facebook has become a verb and reading has become an ancient art form. Of Thee I Zing is cultural commentary too funny to ignore, igniting a national conversation long past due. America, your cultural recovery begins here.
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Of Thee I Zing: America's Cultural Decline from Muffin Tops to Body Shots

Of Thee I Zing: America's Cultural Decline from Muffin Tops to Body Shots


While Laura Ingraham was walking through a Northern Virginia shopping mall one Saturday afternoon, it all became clear to her. Everywhere she turned, she saw signs of the impending disaster: zombie teens texting each other across a café table; a man having his eyebrows threaded at a kiosk; a fiftyish woman shoe-horned into a tube top and skinny jeans; and a storefront ad featuring a Victoria’s Secret model spilling out of her push-up bra and into the faces of young passersby. Ingraham wondered to herself, “Is this it? Is this what our forefathers fought for? What my parents struggled for? I wonder if Victoria’s Secret is still having that two-for-one sale?” A menacing force surrounds us. We see it, we feel it, we know it. The country we love is in grave peril. While politicians and “experts” prattle on about the debt crisis at home, and terrorism abroad, a more insidious homegrown threat is emerging. It endangers our future and undermines our present. The uncomfortable truth is: We have become our own worst enemy. The culture we have created is now turning on us. We’re on the verge of drowning in our ignorance, arrogance, gluttony . . . can you believe there are only three shots of vanilla in a Caramel Macchiato?!? Now in an act of patriotic intervention the most-listened-to woman in talk radio casts her satirical eye upon all that ails American society. In this sharp-witted, comic romp, Laura Ingraham takes you on a guided tour through ten levels of our cultural hell. You know we’re in trouble when . . . • Airplane seats shrink—just as the passengers expand. • Celebrity baby names go from the peculiar (Apple, Stetson, and Daisy Boo) to the pathetic (Bamboo, Blanket, and Bronx). • People meticulously tend their virtual crops on Farmville, while their children eat takeout. • “Breaking News” usually means it happened yesterday. • The weddings last longer than the marriages. • Facebook has become a verb and reading has become an ancient art form. Of Thee I Zing is cultural commentary too funny to ignore, igniting a national conversation long past due. America, your cultural recovery begins here.
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‘Whiteness Goggles’ Set Out To Change How You See Cultural Appropriation

Having a hard time understanding the meaning of appropriation? Take a look at Portland-based artist Roger Peet’s handy “Whiteness Goggles” series.

In the images he created for the series, the history of violence and oppression endured by people of color quite literally becomes the backdrop for the quirky styles and awesome music of white people. Take for example his biting ode to Miley Cyrus. In the image above, she twerks before a crowd of armed policemen in Ferguson, Missouri. In another, Katy Perry poses in a geisha costume in front of an exploding atomic bomb.

“All of the people shown engaging in acts of cultural appropriation … are what you would call white,” Peet explained to The Huffington Post. “Behind them, in the red, is the rest of what whiteness means: the daily violence and brutality of a world system that is bent on turning everything — every sacred grove, every deep note, every singular moment — into an object of value for speculators.” 

However, if you’re at all disturbed by the violence and suffering visualized in the background imagery, Peet provides a cheeky solution. Simply slip on a pair of his “Whiteness Goggles,” the supplementary part of the project pictured below, and watch as all the nitty gritty backdrop details fade from view. What a cute kimono, Katy! 

“Discussing [cultural appropriation] opens fault lines within groups of people,” Peet said, describing the inspiration for his work, “and reveals some fundamental differences in the ways different people see the world as a result of their contexts of race, class, gender and power. Appropriation is something I think about a lot, because I think it’s a singular way to understand some of the more insidious and destructive ways that capitalism works.”

Specifically, Peet, who himself is white, is referencing what he claims is capitalism’s ability to spin lives, stories, traditions, even suffering, into profitable goods. “Capitalism invented whiteness in order to create a class of people that could parasitize the rest of the world,” he continued. “A people with no connection to history, divorced from place and context, engines of pure abstraction — which is what Capitalism is all about; the conversion of the complex, beautiful world into quantifiable units that can be speculated upon.”

Before embarking on this project, Peet hung 250 flyers around Portland, asking strangers to call a number and leave a voicemail discussing their thoughts on cultural appropriation. You can listen to said voicemails here.

Peet also incorporated the perspectives of what he dubbed a “critical advisory group of indigenous artists and artists of color,” including artists Sara Siestreem, Sharita Towne and Gabe Flores, who “spent much time tirelessly shooting down concepts that didn’t work, and patiently explaining why many of my ideas were deeply ignorant and ineffective.”

Nearly every news cycle brings a handful of egregious instances of cultural appropriation. Last week we saw Kylie Jenner sporting cornrows and MFA Boston promoting “Kimono Wednesdays.” For those unaware of the ignorant and hurtful ramifications of such choices, allow teenage actress Amandla Stenberg to humbly school you.

Appropriation occurs when a style leads to racist generalizations or stereotypes where it originated but is deemed as high-fashion, cool or funny when the privileged take it for themselves,” she explained in a video released in April. 

In Peet’s words: “When you put on the ‘Whiteness Goggles,’ the colonial, military and police violence that underpins casual cultural consumption disappears. This is what life is like under whiteness, within the dominant category that capitalism has created. We white people can just unsee the violence that is done in our name. We don’t have to look. When we put on the whiteness goggles, we become heroes, and all the while so many others look at us as butchers.”

“IN  // APPROPRIATE: An excavation of appropriation” is on view at Littman Gallery in Portland until July 29. The show is presented in association with artists Sara Siestreem (Hanis Coos), Camas Logue (Klamath-Modoc), Sharita Towne and Gabe Flores, who are programming additional installations in the gallery. 

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Of Thee I Zing: America’s Cultural Decline from Muffin Tops to Body Shots

Of Thee I Zing: America’s Cultural Decline from Muffin Tops to Body Shots


While Laura Ingraham was walking through a Northern Virginia shopping mall one Saturday afternoon, it all became clear to her. Everywhere she turned, she saw signs of the impending disaster: zombie teens texting each other across a cafe table; a man having his eyebrows threaded at a kiosk; a fiftyish woman shoe-horned into a tube top and skinny jeans; and a storefront ad featuring a Victoria’s Secret model spilling out of her push-up bra and into the faces of young passersby. Ingraham wondered to herself, "Is this it? Is this what our forefathers fought for? What my parents struggled for? I wonder if Victoria’s Secret is still having that two-for-one sale?" A menacing force surrounds us. We see it, we feel it, we know it. The country we love is in grave peril. While politicians and "experts" prattle on about the debt crisis at home, and terrorism abroad, a more insidious homegrown threat is emerging. It endangers our future and undermines our present. The uncomfortable truth is: We have become our own worst enemy. The culture we have created is now turning on us. We’re on the verge of drowning in our ignorance, arrogance, gluttony . . . can you believe there are only three shots of vanilla in a Caramel Macchiato? ? Now in an act of patriotic intervention the most-listened-to woman in talk radio casts her satirical eye upon all that ails American society. In this sharp-witted, comic romp, Laura Ingraham takes you on a guided tour through ten levels of our cultural hell. You know we’re in trouble when . . . – Airplane seats shrink–just as the passengers expand. – Celebrity baby names go from the peculiar (Apple, Stetson, and Daisy Boo) to the pathetic (Bamboo, Blanket, and Bronx). – People meticulously tend their virtual crops on Farmville, while their children eat takeout. – "Breaking News" usually means it happened yesterday. – The weddings last longer than the marriages. – Facebook has become a verb and reading has become an ancient art form. "Of Thee I Zing "is cultural commentary too funny to ignore, igniting a national conversation long past due. America, your cultural recovery begins here.
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A Textbook of Cultural Economics

A Textbook of Cultural Economics


What determines the price of a pop concert or an opera? Why does Hollywood dominate the film industry? Does illegal downloading damage the record industry? Does free entry to museums bring in more visitors? In A Textbook of Cultural Economics, one of the worldís leading cultural economists shows how we can use the theories and methods of economics to answer these and a host of other questions concerning the arts (performing arts, visual arts and literature), heritage (museums and built heritage) and creative industries (the music, publishing and film industries, broadcasting). Using international examples and covering the most up-to-date research, the book does not assume a prior knowledge of economics. It is ideally suited for students taking a course on the economics of the arts as part of an arts administration, business, management, or economics degree.

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Of Thee I Zing: America’s Cultural Decline from Muffin Tops to Body Shots (Unabridged)

Of Thee I Zing: America’s Cultural Decline from Muffin Tops to Body Shots (Unabridged)

While Laura Ingraham was walking through a Northern Virginia shopping mall one Saturday afternoon, it all became clear to her. Everywhere she turned, she saw signs of the impending disaster: zombie teens texting each other across a café table; a man having his eyebrows threaded at a kiosk; a 50ish woman shoe-horned into a tube top and skinny jeans; and a storefront ad featuring a Victoria’s Secret model spilling out of her push-up bra and into the faces of young passersby. Ingraham wondered to herself, “Is this it? Is this what our forefathers fought for? What my parents struggled for? I wonder if Victoria’s Secret is still having that two-for-one sale?”

A menacing force surrounds us. We see it, we feel it, we know it. The country we love is in grave peril. While politicians and “experts” prattle on about the debt crisis at home, and terrorism abroad, a more insidious homegrown threat is emerging. It endangers our future and undermines our present. The uncomfortable truth: We have become our own worst enemy. The culture we have created is now turning on us. We’re on the verge of drowning in our ignorance, arrogance, gluttony… can you believe there are only three shots of vanilla in a Caramel Macchiato?!?

Now, in an act of patriotic intervention, the most-listened-to woman in talk radio casts her satirical eye upon all that ails American society. In this sharp-witted, comic romp, Laura Ingraham takes you on a guided tour through 10 levels of our cultural hell.

You know we’re in trouble when:

  • Airplane seats shrink – just as the passengers expand.
  • Celebrity baby names go from the peculiar (Apple, Stetson, and Daisy Boo) to the pathetic (Bamboo, Blanket, and Bronx).
  • People meticulously tend their virtual crops on Farmville, while their children eat takeout.
  • “Breaking News” usually means it happened yesterday.
  • The weddings last longer than the marriages.
  • Facebook has become a verb and read…
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4-day Pearl Harbor, Honolulu City & Polynesian Cultural Center Tour Package from Honolulu**Optional tours: Ali’i Kai Dinner Cruise, Complimentary Snorkeling if

4-day Pearl Harbor, Honolulu City & Polynesian Cultural Center Tour Package from Honolulu**Optional tours: Ali’i Kai Dinner Cruise, Complimentary Snorkeling if


3-night Hotel AccommodationsPearl Harbor & Honolulu CityPolynesian Cultural CenterComplimentary Honolulu Airport transfers (we provide one complimentary airport pickup and dropoff for one reservation
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Importance of Cultural Exchange with Russia during Political Frost

Even during the height of the Cold War with its threat of Nuclear Armageddon, the cultural exchange between the United States and the Soviet Union never ground to a halt. But in the last few years, because of the “boomerang effect of a rancorous legal battle between the Russian government and the Chassidic Jewish group, Chabad” (LA Times 1/17/13), Russia imposed a ban on all art loans to American museums. This legal case is based on Chabad’s decades-long effort to recover religious books and manuscripts that the Russians expropriated after the Bolshevik Revolution in 1917.

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Visiting some major museum exhibitions in Paris this past April, I thought about this unfortunate freeze on art exchange between America and Russia. The traveling exhibition, Keys to a passion, currently on display at Fondation Louis Vuitton, proudly displays one of the most famous paintings by Matisse, La Danse (1909-10), on loan from The Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg. At the same time, the impressive retrospective of paintings by Pierre Bonnard at Musée d’Orsay displays with particular reverence the largest and most famous triptych by the artist, La Méditerranée (1911), which is also on loan from The Hermitage Museum. The Bonnard exhibition is scheduled to travel to San Francisco next February, but this famous triptych, in all probability, will not be allowed to be included on the American leg of this traveling exhibition.

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With all the above, I was glad to read in The New York Times that last week, Carnegie Hall was the site of a Russia Day concert by the renowned St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra. And this weekend, we in Los Angeles are welcoming the Eifman Ballet of St. Petersburg, which is bringing to the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion its performance of “Rodin.” Seeing a prior production of this company, one expects this upcoming production to be very theatrical and very emotional in its telling of the dramatic relationship between Rodin and his student and mistress, Camille Claudel.

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A few weeks ago, while reporting about my trip to France, I spoke about a surprise trove of photographs and sculptures by Camille Claudel that I came across at the St. Croix Museum in the city of Poitiers. There I was, in a far-away cozy corner of France, interacting with Camille and Rodin. Now, in Los Angeles, I am looking forward to reconnecting with them again through a Russian ballet company –a good example of how art and culture create welcome connections, in this case, between Russia, France, and America.

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In the last few days, prompted by the opening of the new Garage Museum of Contemporary Art in Moscow, The New York Times and the Wall Street Journal published in-depth articles about the state of Russia’s art world.

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Among special installations commissioned for the opening are works by famous Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama and German artist Katharina Grosse. Among the high-profile guests scheduled to appear are a team of curators from MOMA, Metropolitan Museum Director Thomas P. Campbell, LA collector and philanthropist Eli Broad, and movie producer Harvey Weinstein.

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One hopes that all this cultural exchange will bring a degree of understanding that might somewhat defrost the current winter of discontent between Russia and the U.S.

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Women and Households in Indonesia: Cultural Notions and Social Practices

Women and Households in Indonesia: Cultural Notions and Social Practices


Critically examines the usefulness of the ‘household; concept within the historically and culturally diverse context of Indonesia, exploring in detail the position of women within and beyond domestic arrangements. So far, classical household and kinship studies have not studied how women deal with two major forces which shape and define their world: local kinship traditions, and the universalising ideology of the Indonesian regime, which both provide prescriptions and prohibitions concerning family, marriage, and womanhood. Women are caught between these conflicting notions and practices. How they challenge or accommodate such forces is the main issue in this book.
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Burma (Myanmar) in Perspective – Orientation Guide and Burmese Cultural Orientation: Geography, History, Economy, Society, Security, Military, Religion, Rangoon, Mandalay, Theravada Buddhism

Burma (Myanmar) in Perspective – Orientation Guide and Burmese Cultural Orientation: Geography, History, Economy, Society, Security, Military, Religion, Rangoon, Mandalay, Theravada Buddhism


These two unique guides produced by the Department of Defense provide comprehensive information about all aspects of life in Burma (Myanmar), with a special emphasis on geography, history, the economy, society, security and military matters, religion, traditions, urban and rural life, ethnic groups, crime, the environment, government, holidays, gender issues and much more. Aung san Suu Kyi, GEOGRAPHY * Introduction * Geographic Divisions * Western Mountains * Northern Mountains * Shan Plateau * Central Basin and Lowlands * Coastal Strip * Climate * Bodies of Water * Irrawaddy (Ayeyarwady) River * Sittang River * Salween (Thanlwin) River * Chindwin River * Major Cities * Rangoon (Yangon) * Naypyidaw * Mandalay * Mawlamyine * Environmental Issues * HISTORY * Introduction * Ancient History * Burman Dynasties * Pagan Dynasty: The First Burmese Empire (1044-1287) * Toungoo Dynasty: The Second Burmese Empire (1486 -1752) * Konbaung Dynasty: The Third Burmese Empire (1752-1886 C.E.) * British Colonial Rule (1885-1948) * Burma (1947-1989) * Burma to Myanmar (1990-2010) * Burma Today * ECONOMY * Introduction * Agriculture * Industry * Trade * Banking and Finance * Foreign Investment * Standard of Living * Employment Trends * Outlook * SOCIETY * Introduction * Ethnic Groups and Languages * The Burman (Bamars) * The Shan * The Karen * The Mon * The Chin * The Kachin * Religion * Theravada Buddhism * Christianity * Islam * Indigenous Religion and The Worship of Nats * Cuisine * Clothing and Traditional Dress * Men * Women * Gender Issues * The Arts * Art and Architecture * Dramatic Performances * Music * Dance * Sports * SECURITY * Introduction * U.S. – Burma Relations * Relations with Neighboring Countries * Bangladesh * China * India * Laos * Thailand * Burmese Military and Police * Military * Police * Issues Affecting Internal Security * Armed Ethnic Groups * Escalating Sectarian Violence * Crime and Corruption * The Poverty-Insecurity-Drug Nexus * * * * PROFILE * Introd

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‘According To My Mother’ Takes A Comedic Look At LGBT Acceptance And Cultural Differences

Like a lot of queer people, Daniel K. Isaac has a complicated relationship with his mother, Esther.

Esther is a devoutly religious Korean-American who doesn’t approve of her son’s sexuality — and she isn’t shy about telling him so. For a long time, Isaac grappled with how to deal with his mother’s disapproval and constant comments about his sexuality. But then friends made him realize something powerful — the way his mother communicated her feelings about his life and sexuality are actually hilarious.

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They’re so funny, in fact, that Daniel created a hashtag, #AccordingToMyMother, which became a viral Internet sensation. This happened not only because of the comedic nature of their communication, but because of the visible exploration of the love between a mother and child, despite the way that cultural and religious differences can serve as a wedge in their relationships.

Now, Isaac plans to turn the #AccordingToMyMother sensation into a film, funded through a Kickstarter campaign. While his mother is embarrassed by the online attention she has received, especially with her living in California and Daniel in New York, she is fully supportive of the film and embraces the idea that art can be therapeutic.

The Huffington Post spoke with Isaac this week about why he decided to start sharing his relationship with his mom with the public, and what he hopes can be achieved achieve through this film.

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The Huffington Post: What made you want to start sharing your mom’s quotes?
Daniel K. Isaac: Living on opposite sides of the country, the main form of communication my mom and I have is by phone. In order to limit the duration of these conversations, I often call my mom on my way to something: the subway station, work, rehearsal, or home. On many occasions, I would arrive at a destination while finishing up a call in front of my friends or castmates or coworkers and they would ask why I was in whatever emotional state my mother had put me in. I would recount the conversation, and rather than finding empathy or compassion for my plight, I would be met with laughter or utter shock and disbelief. It took an outsider’s perspective for me to realize how ridiculous or absurd and downright comical my mom sounded. When I learned to observe the hilarity rather than the negative arguments themselves, I didn’t mind calling my mom as much. In fact, I looked forward to it. I realized maybe other people would enjoy hearing about this too and see how a different perspective can radically change a relationship dynamic. So I took to Facebook and received more “likes” on those snippets of conversations than I ever did on a new profile picture. And that led to a Tumblr and an Instagram account and now a movie!

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HP: What has the reaction been like?
I can no longer have a “mom-free” conversation. Instead of being introduced as Daniel the actor, I now hear, “You should add Daniel as a Facebook friend so you can read more about his mom.” People I haven’t spoken to in years will share embarrassing and intimate details about their family and their parental relationships or how they have been meaning to start their own hashtag or blog for “According To My Southern Mother” or “Sh*t My German Mom Says.”

I have a handful of friends and old acquaintances who are reticent to express their support. I’ve been told #accordingtomymother is improper. Or I am airing my dirty laundry. Or disrespecting my elders. Or dishonoring a familial bond or parent-child confidentiality (is that a thing?). I counter these points with stories about friends/acquaintances/strangers who tell me about their idiosyncratic families, who share potentially traumatic anecdotes for the first time, who are given permission and a platform to express their personal experiences and how they empathize with their own family backgrounds. And that makes it worth it — to at least help start the conversation.

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What do you think your relationship with your mom can show us about understanding and love between people who maybe don’t see eye to eye?
When my mom disowned me for being gay, it was my freshman year of college. I remember going to the Financial Aid Office to consider my options as a suddenly-and-unexpectedly financially-independent 16-year-old, and they had me fill out some surprisingly simple paperwork and register for ten sessions of therapy. The therapist I was assigned ended up being the best thing to come from the Financial Aid Office — of all places! He really helped me find a new way to approach my relationship with my mother.

He said I could be “White,” “Black” or “Gray.” “White” meant I could go back in the closet as my mom hoped and prayed and return to the church and fight this “sin” and have the old relationship I had with my mother. “Black” meant resuming our silence, letting the rift grow larger and learning to live without a relationship with my mother because neither of us was going to change. I was always going to be gay. She was always going to believe that homosexuality was a choice and a sin. Or I could try to find the “Gray.” He highlighted the fact that my mother was a single parent and I was an only child and that our relationship, while incredibly messy, was important to each of us. And perhaps we could find a gray area in which I would accept the likelihood that she was never going to change her belief system, but I would learn to have compassion in the face of her homophobia, or ignore her ignorance, and let her words that were meant to hurt just go through one ear and out the other. Love by example, even when it may never be reciprocated in the same fashion. Am I always successful at this? No. I mean, I find a weird form of catharsis by writing about it and sharing it with the world. But I think the intention is pure. And maybe if we found the gray area in our extreme points of view a little bit more, then maybe we could have a little more understanding in the world. A little more love.

What’s the one thing you want people to take away from your experience?
I think by writing #accordingtomymother, I’ve learned the importance of trying to find laughter and comedy when there’s seemingly none to be found. I think humor is part of my healing and coping process and I hope to be able to share that with these posts and with this movie. I hope that, past the hilarity and the absurdity of it all, you can see one guy’s “resilience,” which sounds like too strong a word, but basically this is how I work with the cards I’ve been dealt and maybe that can help someone else through their own journey.

Oh, and, call your mom.

Head here to visit the Kickstarter campaign for “According To My Mother.”

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Don’t Miss Provincetown’s Film Festival, An Unofficially Queer Cultural Event By The Beach

Unassuming is the name of the game in P-town, a quirky beach community at the tip of Cape Cod. But the Provincetown International Film Festival, now in its 17th year, consistently delivers one of the finest cultural events in the region. As always, a delightfully queer lineup underscores the outstanding selection of narrative features, documentaries and shorts.

The festival kicks off on June 17 with writer-director Leslye Headland’s “Sleeping with Other People,” exploring the complexities of monogamy. From James Franco, “I Am Michael,” the dramatization of a buzzy 2011 New York Times article about gay activist Michael Glatze, closes out the week on June 21.

“The independent filmmaking community continues to produce remarkably high quality work, here and abroad, and our feature lineup is a testament to that!” said Connie White, artistic director of PIFF. “We are thrilled to welcome these new films and filmmakers to Provincetown in June, and we know that filmgoers will be engaged and entertained by these adventurous, thought-provoking and accomplished films.”

The lineup for PIFF 2015:

Opening Night Selection
“Sleeping with Other People” — directed by Leslye Headland
sleeping with other people

Closing Night Selection
“I Am Michael” — directed by Justin Kelly
i am michael

Spotlight Selections
“The End of the Tour” — directed by James Ponsoldt
the end of the tour

“Grandma” — directed by Paul Weitz

“Tab Hunter Confidential” — directed by Jeffrey Schwartz

Narrative Features
“99 Homes” — directed by Ramin Bahrani

“Beatbox” — directed by Andrew Dresher

“Breathe” — directed by Mélanie Laurent

“Fresno” — directed by Jamie Babbit

“Funny Bunny” — directed by Alison Bagnall

“Learning to Drive” — directed by Isabel Coixet

“A Little Chaos” — directed by Alan Rickman

“Meet Me In Montenegro” — directed by Alex Holdridge and Linnea Saasen

“Nasty Baby” – directed by Sebastián Silva

“The New Girlfriend” — directed by François Ozon

“People, Places, Things” — directed by James C. Strouse

“Radiator” — directed by Tom Browne

“The Second Mother” — directed by Anna Muylaert

“Shaun the Sheep” — directed by Mark Burton and Richard Starzak

The Stanford Prison Experiment” — directed by Kyle Patrick Alvarez

“The Summer of Sangaile” — directed by Alanté Kavaïté

“Tangerine” — directed by Sean Baker

“Ten Thousand Saints” — directed by Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini

“Those People” — directed by Joey Kuhn

“Tired Moonlight” — directed by Britni West

“Wildlike” — directed by Frank Hall Green

“Yosemite” — directed by Gabrielle Demeestere

Documentary Features
“Alentejo, Alentejo” — directed by Sérgio Tréfaut

“The Armor of Light” — directed by Abigail E. Disney

“Best of Enemies” — directed by Robert Gordon and Morgan Neville

“The Birth of Saké” — directed by Erik Shirai

“Call Me Lucky” — directed by Bobcat Goldthwait

“City of Gold” — directed by Laura Gabbert

“Clambake” — directed by Andrea Meyerson

“Danny Says” — directed by Brendan Toller

“Do I Sound Gay?” — directed by David Thorpe

“Harry & Snowman” — directed by Ron Davis

“In My Father’s House” — directed by Ricki Stern and Anne Sundberg

“Larry Kramer In Love with Anger” — directed by Jean Carlomusto

“Listen to Me Marlon” — directed by Stevan Riley

Live From New York!” — directed by Bao Nguyen

“Love Between the Covers” — directed by Laurie Kahn-Leavitt

“Out to Win” — directed by Malcolm Ingram

“Outermost Radio” — directed by Alan Chebot

“Packed In a Trunk: The Lost Art of Edith Lake Wilkinson” — directed by Michelle Boyaner

“Peggy Guggenheim: Art Addict” — directed by Lisa Immordino Vreeland

“The State of Marriage” — directed by Jeffrey Kaufman

“The Wolfpack” — directed by Crystal Moselle

The 17th annual Provincetown International Film Festival takes place June 17-21 in Provincetown, Massachusetts.

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Italian Cultural Center,Inc. Receive Tribute & Healthcare Help By Charles Myrick Of ACRX

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http://www.acrx.org -As millions of Americans strive to deal with the economic downturn,loss of jobs,foreclosures,high cost of gas,and the rising cost of prescription drug cost. Charles Myrick ,the President of American Consultants Rx, announced the re-release of the American Consultants Rx community service project which consist of millions of free discount prescription cards being donated to thousands of not for profits,hospitals,schools,churches,etc. in an effort to assist the uninsured,under insured,and seniors deal with the high cost of prescription drugs.

The American Consultants Rx discount prescription cards are to be given free to anyone in need of help curbing the high cost of prescription drugs.

Due to the rising costs, unstable economics, and the mounting cost of prescriptions, American Consultants Rx Inc. (ACRX) a.k.a (ACIRX) an Atlanta based company was born in 2004. The ACRX discount prescription card program was created and over 25 million discount prescription cards were donated to over 18k organizations across the country to be distributed to those in need of prescription assistance free of charge since 2004.

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American Consultants Rx made arrangements online for the ACRX card to be available at http://www.acrxcards.com where it can also be downloaded. This arrangement has been made to allow organizations an avenue to continue assisting their clients in the community until they receive their orders of the ACRX cards. ACRX made it possible for cards to be requested from online for individuals and organizations free of charge. Request for the ACRX cards can also be made by mailing a request to : ACRX, P.O.Box 161336,Atlanta,GA 30321, faxing a written request to 404-305-9539,or calling the office at 404-767-1072. Please include name (if organization please include organization and contact name),mailing address,designate Spanish or English,amount of cards requested,and telephone number.

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