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The Obama Portraits

The portraits are here: http://www.businessinsider.com/michelle-barack-obama-portrait-2018-2 I’ve read one story saying Michelle Obama chose the artists herself, several saying the Obama’s chose them together, and one or two saying he chose his, she chose hers. I don’t know which is right. But it seems clear they didn’t choose without knowing the styles of the artists they […]

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Media’s Asian coverage at the Olympics

Let me just say straight up that it’s an embarrassment. It’s cringe worthy. It’s ignorant. Here are some examples- On twitter this was posted by a reporter and described as the Asians being ‘an unruly mob of counterparts. This is an interesting exercise in cross-cultural…. something. What do you see happening here? https://twitter.com/JaxAlemany/status/961899540663152640?ref_src=twcamp%5Eshare%7Ctwsrc%5Em5%7Ctwgr%5Eemail%7Ctwcon%5E7046%7Ctwterm%5E2 Now possibly […]

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Culture: Direct vs Subtle

I’ve talked about this one before, and will probably do so again because it is endlessly fascinating to me. ONe of the big differences between the west (especially the U.S.) and the east is the difference in attitudes tangled around in the web of tact vs being direct, being straight-forward vs ‘beating around the bush,’ […]

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Mmmm, Burritoes

We had burritoes for dinner last night. I made them from my family’s traditional recipe, a tradition only about 45 years old, but they all have to start somewhere. Living in Davao, finding the right Mexican food that fits the tastebuds of my Arizona, Sonora desert influenced and my husband’s southern California tastebuds is difficult. […]

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Huxley on Brave New World 30 years later

In 1931, when Brave New World was being written, I was convinced that there was still plenty of time. The completely organized society, the scientific caste sys­tem, the abolition of free will by methodical condition­ing, the servitude made acceptable by regular doses of chemically induced happiness, the orthodoxies drummed in by nightly courses of sleep-teaching […]

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