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The future, what’s that?

Very interesting story in this morning’s news about a Stone Age-like tribe of hunter-gatherers that left the jungle behind and wandered into a Colombian city.  The article is interesting for its descriptions of the indigenous Nukak tribe’s collision with the modern world, but my favorite quote was the one that pointed out a very different conception […]

Easter Island journeys

There is something both enchanting and sad about the ruins of lost cultures and cities.  Macchu Picchu in Peru, the temples of Angkor in Cambodia, the city of Ephesus in Turkey.  But even as we struggle to understand how these societies decayed with such finality after reaching such heights of achievement, it’s still hard not to marvel at these monuments […]

A Russian looks at the British

A recently released novel by a Russian writer provides insights into British culture.  Andrei Ostalski has been living in Britain for 14 years but confesses that he still struggles to understand the cultural differences.  So he wrote a story (“The English Rules”) that contains some of his reflections.  In an interview with the English-language Moscow […]

Expats drawn to Mexico

Anyone who hasn’t been asleep or on a silent retreat for the past month hasn’t been able to avoid the protests and debates over the immigration issue in the U.S., particularly as it relates to immigration from Mexico.  But what is less talked about is traffic that goes in the other direction.  Mexico has long been a […]

Doing business in Mexico

U.S. News and World Report this week takes a look at small firms that do business in Mexico.  The article provides several ideas for business assistance, as well as these cultural tips: No doubt, face time is a must for potential exporters. “You really need to get a feel for what the environment is like,” Duncan says. […]

Face and Chinese relationships

Interesting story on relationships in China and how the concept of “face” turns up even in the selection of marriage partners. Chinese women like their male partner to emphasize the value of their “face.” This value is determined by society and many of its cultural practices relate to this concept.  For a woman her “face” […]

Being a travel writer

Travel writer Rolf Potts has for several years now been running monthly interviews with fellow writers on his website.  This month’s segment is with Amanda Jones.  A sample: What is the biggest reward of life as a travel writer? I am one of the richest people I know in experience (with the exception of my […]

A new life in Morocco

“It’s my duty to give my children an interesting childhood.” So says Tahir Shah, a British writer who moved his wife and two children to Morocco, renovated a 10-bedroom mansion, began a new life, and then wrote a book (The Caliph’s House) about the whole experience.  The New York Times profiled Shah and his new […]

Spring, baseball and culture

Well, here goes. How does one start a new blog? What is an appropriate first entry? The first day of spring seems like a good time to launch a new venture, and the advent of baseball season is a sure sign of spring, so why not begin with a post about baseball and culture? Jayson Stark […]

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