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Showing posts with label cultural diversity. Show all posts
Showing posts with label cultural diversity. Show all posts

16 February 2018

When is a Minority Group a Problem?

Sweden: Jews are not a “problem”, as long as there’s only a few of them ...” (Source)

Odd quote to start off an article with. ( My opinion. )


But if you don't believe or don't read the Bible, then perhaps the statement is logical. (???)  When the Jews multiplied in Egypt they weren't a problem then, until the Pharoah who did not know of and/or did not choose to remember Joseph, decided that the Israelites were a "problem".  Other than the facts that they were having a lot of babies and lived in the Land of Goshen.  That was their home.  They weren't trying to spread themselves out because there wasn't enough room.  They were settled and weren't exactly messing with anybody! They weren't trying to overthrow the ruler and set up a new government or anything.


So what is written in the Exodus, is that like - the product of a great imagination?


Let's say the Exodus from Egypt account is a fictional. You know if you watch the "wandering Jews" or the " diaspora " (hope that term is used properly), wherever they move to, they usually just settle down and live quietly, do business, observe their religious customs, practices and traditions. Whether there are millions or just a "minority", they don't create the impression they came to take over! Seems like the only land they are ever willing to fight over is Palestine


The rest of the earth? Jews be like - Whatever!

It's just an observation. Please correct me if you see flaws.


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Image credit: "Jews praying in a synagogue on Yom Kippur."



Related or Similar links from around the web:
The Real Exodus: End of Israel
Israel Palestine Conflict In A Nutshell
Ted Cruz Woos Jews (4-17-2015)


Originally published at personapaper.com on Jan 2, 2016.

19 January 2018

Can an Ethiopian Change His Skin ...?

An insult that is not understood is a pointless insult.

Would you believe there is such as thing as a random insult generator? Played with the generator at The Insult Project and decided to copy this one below for my blog post.  Checked this site Jan 19, 2018, and it no longer exists.


People don't dislike you because you're revolting. I mean you are astonishingly revolting, that's just not why people dislike you.”

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Was watching a Denzel Washington movie and there was a brief intense exchange of words between Mr. Washington's character and another character who was playing a support role. Possibly not the exact quote but the character scoffs and says: “You better watch out or I just might call you an Ethiopian!” Mr. Washington's character's defensive reaction and response was: “You know you're probably stupid enough to think that's an insult!”


Huh? What?? (???) Didn't get it! My limited exposure to Ethiopia and experience with Ethiopians left a void in my mind. Could not comprehend the meaning of the dialogue at all. (O.o) Dismissed it and finished watching the movie, The Siege.


Was doing research about one of the Jewish prophets in the Old Testament and came across this scripture:


Can the Ethiopian change his skin or the leopard his spots? Then may you also do good who are accustomed to do evil.”

(Jeremiah 13: 23)


Let's place this quote in context.

  • Which Ethiopia are we talking about??


There is a modern day Ethiopia and there is an Ethiopia which is a land that existed during ancient times. Since it's a scriptural reference, we're going to go with the latter.


Modern Ethiopia is located in the horn of East Africa. Ancient Ethiopia, also known as Cush, was located to the south of Egypt. Cush is the Hebrew name. Ethiopia is the Greek name. (FYI. The Egypt in the Bible and the nation that exists today are both the same.)


Ethiopia translated into English mean “burnt face”. The Ethiopian people we see today are known for their smooth beautiful practically flawless chocolate brown skin. There's no reason why a talented photographer couldn't make a small fortune traversing the country taking pictures of the “humans of Ethiopia”. Evidently, the people who lived in the land called Ethiopia, the in the Bible, also had really nice skin!


So!! Uuuhhh … back to square one! My brain is still registering blanks!


Imagine you get into a heated argument with someone.

The person snarls at you angrily and warns:
“You better get out of my face! You … you … you Ethiopian!!” 

You puff up with righteous indignation and shout back:
“Yeah! That's right! I got nice skin!! HATER!!”


(??) Where would this argument go?? (??)



There is a famous world-class chef from Ethiopia. There was a young woman, born in Ethiopia, who was crowned Miss Israel in a beauty pageant. Madonna adopted a baby or babies from Ethiopia. (That's what I heard.)


Opening this topic up for discussion hoping someone can shed some light on it.

WHY would it be an insult

 to call someone an Ethiopian?





14 January 2018

The Welcoming Culture of the Bedouin Peoples

Bedouin tribes have a central welcoming culture that is very open to visitors. They use this welcoming of guests to show their respect to God and welcome people into their homes through the uses of tea and coffee.
 
The Welcoming Culture of the Bedouin Peoples  By Brian J Thomas
» Read on »

Coffee Time
 Traditional Bedouin melodies. 




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08 January 2018

Chinese New Year Symbols of Prosperity

Chinese New Year 2015 is February 19th.

(Post updated every year.)

  • Chinese New Year 2016 is February 8th.

  • Chinese New Year 2017 is January 28th.

  • Chinese New Year 2018 is February 16th.


Flowers are an important part of the decorations for the Chinese New Year celebration. The plum blossoms (image below) and water narcissus are two of the most popular flower symbols of prosperity. Plum blossom is the national flower of The Republic of China. 


Plum blossoms symbolize hope and courage.



Image credit: By wang leon from Nanjing, China (0603mr21) [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons


Water narcissus is used to symbolize good luck, fortune, prosperity. There are other flowers associated with the New Year: chrysanthemum, sunflower, pussy willow, and red azalea. Learn what they represent in Chinese culture and tradition. Chinese New Year Symbols


Chinese New Year Symbols of Prosperity (Add On)

Adding on additional content from my post from 2015, when the new year was celebrated on February 19th . Here is a little more info about the cultural traditions and symbols of prosperity. Last year the spotlight was on flowers as an important part of the decorations for the Chinese New Year celebration.

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That's Perfect® Chinese Good Fortune 18"x18" Decorative Silk Throw Pillow Cover



19 November 2017

November is Native American Heritage Month

November is Native American Heritage Month, but my honor and respect for our nation's first peoples is something that I am mindful of all the time.  Although I know next to nothing about my own Native American heritage since I was raised as a Negro/Colored/Black American, it's a part of my DNA that can not be denied.  By the time we became African-Americans, I was an adult. :)  



Image credit: Hand drawn native american dream catcher, beads and feathers
© Photographer: Bluelela | Agency: Dreamstime.com



https://www.pinterest.com/cmoneyspinner/native-americans/
Pinterest is a wonderful invention for organizing and collecting topics of specific interest.  To try to learn more about Native Americans and their contributions, I created a pinboard and started gathering information.  Been collecting for a several years.




Additionally, for 2016, shared my thoughts about the celebration of the contributions of the first nations to the history of America and the building of this nation at myLot.com:


http://www.mylot.com/post/2997150/november-is-native-american-heritage-month


Adding on to these thoughts, opinions, and perspectives published at myLot with my other remarks and comments shared elsewhere on the web.  May I say that in my attempt to find information about Native American heritage on the Internet, I found a lot of current events that are not pretty!  Sharing the info because you can't say you appreciate the contributions of a people and then turn a blind eye to events that are adversely impacting those people.  Nevertheless, tried to find something positive and came across some wonderful art on Google Plus shared by Manuel Caycedo.  Going to end this post by re-sharing some gems plucked from his G+ posts stream.  


Happy Native American Heritage Month
and God Bless America!










“...  The horse was brought to the Native Americans by way of the Spanish Conquistadores. Horses completely changed the way of life for the American Indians. ...”  The Comanches learned how to use horses so well ... read the rest of the story.

Please Don't Shoot the Horses Ever Again! - Daily Two Cents









Interesting Fact and Observation:
"Currently there are 562 tribal governments in the United States recognized by the federal government. Each tribe can form its own government and enforces its own laws, establishes its own taxes and regulates its own activities." That's interesting. So if this can be accomplished in America, other countries with tribal communities ( "Afghanistan's tribal groups" http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/1658073.stm ) should just copy the Native Americans. Sounds easy enough! _ _ _ APOLOGIES!!! The quote was extracted from an article published via YAHOO Voices. That site shut down and the article shared was unpublished. UPDATE: November 3, 2014














Apologies. At one time Google Plus allowed one to embed content from posts plucked from the G+ stream. However, the embed feature was discontinued. Even though the embedded content appears below, unfortunately, all of the links are misdirecting. I can share links that redirect you to the content owner's G+ profile or page.

ManuelCaycedo
Krazi Ntv

05 October 2017

Food History : Burger King Halloween Burgers Only in Japan

Food Fact:  Premium Kuro Burger: newly introduced for Halloween 2012


The debate about Who Invented the Burger has been ongoing for years and the claims are still unsettled. Answers.com is loaded with answers.  

Burgers are a favorite food around the world. But the image of the black burger is not really making me salivate.  May or may not on an official Andrew Zimmern’s list for bizarre foods.  Don’t know.  Didn’t check.  But – no offense intended – it made my list for ugliest food I’ve ever seen!  However, to celebrate the fun of Halloween, perhaps I could be persuaded to taste it … IF … someone bought me a round trip ticket to Japan. :)

Burger King Halloween Burgers –  BK’s Halloween menu, available only in Japan.  Westerners did not immediately warm up to the idea of a black burger.

http://firstwefeast.com/eat/2015/10/burger-king-new-halloween-burger-turns-poo-green

That was then.  This is now.

Perhaps the blog post title should be revised to
"Burger King Halloween Burgers Were Once Only in Japan"

It's 2017 and black food is becoming a trend.





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18 September 2017

Texas Cultural Diversity: The Czech Culture of Texas | hubpages.com

Texas is a huge state with a lot of history and color. Many are familiar with the flavor of this great state and often write very interesting articles about the different cities, like this one written by fellow freelance writer Wesman Todd Shaw.

Texas USA is also a place of HUGE ethnic and cultural diversity. ... »


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Texas Round Up 
~ My Blog Posts About Texas















Cmoneyspinner's HomeBiz Projects's board ALL THINGS TEXAS! on Pinterest







30 August 2017

#OlympicPeace : The Olympics is Proof of Peace in Diversity

Doves have come to be known as a recognized universal symbol for peace in many cultures.  




The releasing of doves was done first at the 1896 Olympics held in Athens, Greece


It was only fitting that the 100th Anniversary of this tradition be highlighted at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta, GA, USA.  Atlanta, as most students of American history know, was the Confederate Center in Georgia where several engagements of the Civil War were fought.  But that was the 60s (1861-65).  


One decade, we’re fighting like cats and dogs with each other, hooping and hollering about secession; and just 30 years later we are off to Greece, and the United States, emphasis on the word “united” was representing!  


Because, in the end, all that we all really do want is … world peace. 



World Peace Through the Olympic Games Atlanta, c.1996
World Peace… Patricia Cajiga 22 in. x 34 in. Allposters.com
















26 June 2017

What Does Shivat Haminim Mean?

Found this precious gem shared by a fellow freelance writer at HUBPages.com, an online writing community where many of the writers are experts or have such a passion that they speak with such thorough knowledge on a subject that you would dub them an "authority" on the matter.

"For the LORD thy God bringeth thee into a good land, a land of brooks of water, of fountains and depths, springing forth in valleys and hills; a land of wheat and barley, and vines and fig-trees and pomegranates; a land of olive-trees and honey;" (Deuteronomy 8:7-8)

The fruits and grains mentioned in this scripture are called the seven species (shivat haminim). In Israel, they have special status.

Seven Species. Fruits and Vegetables of Holy Land

As many times as I have read this scripture, it's now seen in a new light. That's one of the joys of reading the Bible. Sacred mysteries are constantly revealed.


Seven Species of the Land of Israel
Seven Species of the Land of Israel (Photo credit: Wikipedia)



25 May 2017

Jazz, America's Original Art Form ~ Cool Finds Around the Web (and Gift Shopping for Jazz Lovers)

"Jazz does not belong to one race or culture, but is a gift that America has given the world."
- Ahmad Alaadeen








Browse additional posters and prints from zazzle.com.
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13 May 2016

The Story of Qu Yuan and the Duan Wu (Dragon Boat) Festival

My interest in this Chinese poet was sparked by a discussion initiated at myLot.com about the Dragon Boat Festival.

May is Asian-American Heritage Month in America.  

Even though Qu Yuan is not a notable Asian-American, it is a time to honor Asian culture along with the history and roots of this country's Asia-American citizens.  This event is celebrated around the United States.  Specifically, this 2,000-year-old Chinese festival has been celebrated for 18 years in Austin, Texas.

"Dragon Boat Festival is celebrated on the 5th day of the 5th month. But that's not May 5th. This holiday is calculated according to the lunar calendar. ... The Chinese name of this holiday is Duan Wu Jie 端午节 or 'Double Five Holiday.' ..."  Read more.

Dragon Boat Festival






Home and Garden Decorating Tips: Wishing Well in Your Own Backyard?

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