80+1 » Cultural Diversity http://www.80plus1.org A Journey Around the World Thu, 25 Nov 2010 14:24:05 +0000 http://wordpress.org/?v=2.7.1 en hourly 1 23.07.2009-25.07.2009: Lullaby singing in Linz http://www.80plus1.org/blog/22072009-lullaby-singing-in-linz22072009-wiegenlieder-singen-in-linz http://www.80plus1.org/blog/22072009-lullaby-singing-in-linz22072009-wiegenlieder-singen-in-linz#comments Thu, 13 Aug 2009 14:34:03 +0000 YuHan http://www.80plus1.org/?p=3185 On July 22nd people in Linz took part singing lullabies, children songs and melodies from their cultures and childhood with us. Those songs were later on shared internationaly with Buenos Aires, Argentina during the presentation of Live Bit Arrorró. Althoug we speak different languages, songs are without barriers and able to touch people’s heart deeply.

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Mongolian Neo-Nazis rise against China http://www.80plus1.org/blog/mongolian-neo-nazis-rise-against-china http://www.80plus1.org/blog/mongolian-neo-nazis-rise-against-china#comments Tue, 28 Jul 2009 08:44:15 +0000 Cyrus Farivar http://www.80plus1.org/?p=2537 Time magazine reports on the disturbing rise of nationalistic neo-Nazi groups in Mongolia, many of whom are vehemently anti-Chinese.

Mongolia, which just played host to UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon, may need to do something about this problem as it wants…

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Time magazine reports on the disturbing rise of nationalistic neo-Nazi groups in Mongolia, many of whom are vehemently anti-Chinese.

Mongolia, which just played host to UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon, may need to do something about this problem as it wants to develop its mining capabilities for its own future.

Time writes:

Fifty-year-old Zagas Erdenebileg is the leader of Dayar Mongol (All Mongolia), the most prominent of the neo-Nazi groups. “If our blood mixes with foreigners’, we’ll be destroyed immediately,” says Erdenebileg, who has run unsuccessfully for parliament four times. He loathes the Chinese — whom he accuses of involvement in prostitution and drug-trafficking — and reveres Genghis Khan, who he says influenced Adolf Hitler. I ask him if he considers his adoption of the beliefs of a regime that singled out and executed people with Mongol features from among Soviet prisoners of war to be in any way ironic. “It doesn’t matter,” he shrugs. “We share the same policies.”

While the magazine reports that there are now “several thousand” neo-Nazis in Mongolia, it’s important to remember that this is, at best probably somewhere around 1 out of every 500 Mongolians. In other words, not that many.

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Presentation of the Arrorró Live Bit http://www.80plus1.org/blog/presentation-of-the-arrorro-live-bit http://www.80plus1.org/blog/presentation-of-the-arrorro-live-bit#comments Mon, 20 Jul 2009 17:52:31 +0000 Admin http://www.80plus1.org/?p=2424 Presentation of the Arrorró Live Bit: Pflasterspektakel artists give live renditions of lullabies together with singers in Argentina.

See you then!

http://www.arrorrolullabies.com.ar/blog/

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Presentation of the Arrorró Live Bit: Pflasterspektakel artists give live renditions of lullabies together with singers in Argentina.

See you then!

http://www.arrorrolullabies.com.ar/blog/

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Cultural Diversity: voestalpine asks: What’s the next step towards the future? http://www.80plus1.org/next-step/future-cultural-diversity http://www.80plus1.org/next-step/future-cultural-diversity#comments Tue, 16 Jun 2009 00:18:39 +0000 Admin http://www.80plus1.org/?p=1420 UNESCO’s constitution adopted in 1945 established maintaining and fostering cultural diversity as the organization’s mission, since a few cultures have been increasingly dominating other ones. Join our discussion of the next step to a better future, and send us your…

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UNESCO’s constitution adopted in 1945 established maintaining and fostering cultural diversity as the organization’s mission, since a few cultures have been increasingly dominating other ones. Join our discussion of the next step to a better future, and send us your ideas on the subject of cultural diversity!

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China planning to raze oldest part of Kashgar http://www.80plus1.org/blog/china-planning-to-raze-oldest-part-of-kashgar http://www.80plus1.org/blog/china-planning-to-raze-oldest-part-of-kashgar#comments Thu, 28 May 2009 10:52:09 +0000 Cyrus Farivar http://www.80plus1.org/?p=1077 I’ve always had a strange fascination with Xinjiang, the westernmost province of China. It seems an entire world away from the bustle of the east with its megapolises of Beijing and Shanghai, not to mention all the other industrial monstrosities.…

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I’ve always had a strange fascination with Xinjiang, the westernmost province of China. It seems an entire world away from the bustle of the east with its megapolises of Beijing and Shanghai, not to mention all the other industrial monstrosities. To me, Xinjiang seems an estranged cousin that is yet somehow still part of China.

Xinjiang, unlike much of the rest of China, has Islam, and entirely different language and ethnic group (Uyghur).

The city of Kashgar is one of the highlights of Xinjiang — a city so historic that it was visited by Marco Polo himself in the 13th century. (About 700 years later The New York Times sent a reporter to the area to write about it from a travel perspective in 1986.)

So, imagine my dismay when I read in today’s Times that the municipality (governed in part by Han Chinese) and Beijing have new plans for the city:

Over the next few years, city officials say, they will demolish at least 85 percent of this warren of picturesque, if run-down homes and shops. Many of its 13,000 families, Muslims from a Turkic ethnic group called the Uighurs (pronounced WEE-gurs), will be moved.

In its place will rise a new Old City, a mix of midrise apartments, plazas, alleys widened into avenues and reproductions of ancient Islamic architecture “to preserve the Uighur culture,” Kashgar’s vice mayor, Xu Jianrong, said in a phone interview.

Demolition is deemed an urgent necessity because an earthquake could strike at any time, collapsing centuries-old buildings and killing thousands. “The entire Kashgar area is in a special area in danger of earthquakes,” Mr. Xu said. “I ask you: What country’s government would not protect its citizens from the dangers of natural disaster?”

This is a highly disturbing prospect.

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Cultural Diversity http://www.80plus1.org/topics/cultural-diversity http://www.80plus1.org/topics/cultural-diversity#comments Mon, 06 Apr 2009 17:20:47 +0000 Cyrus Farivar http://90.146.8.9/80plus1/2009/04/cultural-diversitykulturelle-vielfalt/ Cultural Diversity is one of our topics very simply because most cultures on a worldwide scale are under threat from a handful of dominant cultures. What does it take, for example, to convince children to be as proud and interested…

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Cultural Diversity is one of our topics very simply because most cultures on a worldwide scale are under threat from a handful of dominant cultures. What does it take, for example, to convince children to be as proud and interested in the music and food of their grandparents as they are of what they see on television?

How Wikipedia around the World defines Cultural Diversity (add your language)

English: Cultural diversity is the variety of human societies or cultures in a specific region, or in the world as a whole.

Spanish (Cohesión social): Cultural diversity reflects the multiplicity and interaction of cultures that coexist in the world and, consequently, are part of the common heritage of humankind.

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