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Books on Food and its relation to Colonialism/Imperialism

Are there any good books telling the story of imperialism/colonialism through food? [more inside]
posted by 0bvious on Jul 13, 2016 - 17 answers

What's the general best-practices word for "cultural inclusion"?

What's the general best-practices word for "cultural inclusion"? This would be for a mental-health center consisting of both professional providers and peer support, and we want to get across the idea that we are respectful of cultural diversity and also aware that we may have blind spots. (I realize I may be trying to be overly ambitious in capturing all that in a single phrase.) [more inside]
posted by lazuli on Jun 22, 2016 - 18 answers

The Intersectional Feminist Name Game

Are there questions about race and culture that my fiancé and I should be asking ourselves as we figure out the answer to the dreaded Last Name Issue? [more inside]
posted by Sara C. on Jun 10, 2016 - 52 answers

Ideas may die, but how do you kill them?

CGPGrey explained how internet arguments are self-selecting in order to symbiotically grow two opposing sides who mostly just badmouth the other side with increasingly inaccurate stories. That wouldn't be a problem, except sometimes the process spirals out of control and spills over into harassment, doxxing, violence, etc. So, if we understand how the process works, how do you stop it? Is there actually an effective way to treat the angry thought-germs CGPGrey described?
posted by jsnlxndrlv on Jun 4, 2016 - 10 answers

Three Days in Lyon, 12 Hours in Paris

A friend and I are taking a trip tomorrow to Lyon (from Berlin). We found this thread but want more information specific to Lyon. [more inside]
posted by serenity_now on May 17, 2016 - 13 answers

living in Islip, Long Island

One of my favorite brothers has a job opportunity that would bring him to the East Coast from a small town in the Midwest (Yay!). Specifically, he would probably move his family to Islip, Long Island. He called to ask me what the area was like and I had no idea how to answer him. I live in North Brooklyn and have only been to Long Island a couple of times for brief visits. So I'm asking here for any insight into what life is like in Islip. I can find some facts online, of course, but nothing that gives and inside view of day to day living. Is it really expensive to live there? What is the culture like? Anything unique and wonderful about the place? Does it totally suck? [more inside]
posted by catrae on May 3, 2016 - 3 answers

Graphical relationship visualisation

What tools would you recommend for creating a dynamic relationship visualisation? Thinking along the lines of They Rule. [more inside]
posted by monocultured on Apr 29, 2016 - 7 answers

Help Me Talk to My Son About the Police

ParentFilter: My five-year-old son has a lot of questions about the police. (Also the army, but mostly the police.) He wants to know who the police are, why do they come, who goes to jail, are the police the good guys, do they get the bad guys -- that sort of thing. [more inside]
posted by janet lynn on Apr 12, 2016 - 10 answers

How to deal with unwanted gifts that have great value to the gifter?

What do you do when Aunt Beatrice insists on giving you "heirlooms" that you really, really, do not want or like or care about. Without making her cry. [more inside]
posted by sarahnicolesays on Mar 31, 2016 - 39 answers

How do you make a splendid cup of tea?

As an Englishman, I am familiar with how some of my fellow Anglo-Saxon brethren make a cup of tea. Some make a pot of tea and decant when appropriate, and the rest, for speed, laziness or an unappreciation of our noble drink, use a teabag in a mug. But, apart from a few of our distant cousins, I remain ignorant as to how Americans, Canadians and others across the waters typically make tea (as in the hot drink made from the conjunction of tea leaves and hot water). If applicable, how do you? Are there unique variations in procedure pertaining to your locale? [more inside]
posted by Wordshore on Mar 30, 2016 - 92 answers

Cross cultural Engagement party

My colleague has been invited to an engagement party for his friends who are Indian-Fijian Hindu. What can he expect at the party and what would be an appropriate gift? If it matters everyone lives in Australia at present.
posted by MT on Mar 25, 2016 - 2 answers

The connection

I'd like to read about the connection between the counter culture/alternative culture in the 60s and the first generation of computer culture. I believe our thinking about computers and the internet contains a lot of DNA from the alternative part of the 60s, but I don't know where I can read about this subject. Your suggestions (preferably links to online material) are welcome!
posted by Termite on Mar 10, 2016 - 12 answers

Can I read THE ALGEBRAIST?

I have never read any of The Culture series- or anything else by Iain M Banks besides. I happen to have a copy of The Algrebaist in my possession somehow- will I be able to follow if I start from there? Will I miss out on a lot of the finer points if it is my introduction to The Culture?
posted by Philby on Mar 7, 2016 - 15 answers

Best mind- & life-shaping reads?

I've been reading the excellent Emotional Labor Condensed Thread, and it's shaping the way I think about life. What are other recommendations for great reads that change the way you think about day-to-day life? Other examples I've enjoyed include: Ask vs. Guess Culture, Love Languages... Give me more! Format doesn't matter.
posted by ellerhodes on Mar 6, 2016 - 35 answers

Everywhere the signs

So trailing behind stenciled instructions to TRY KRATOM, the streetside signs around where I live trend heavily - and I mean borderline Twilight Zone level - toward advertisements for flag football. I've seen signs for youth leagues, coed leagues, men only, two-hand touch, flag, and on and on, more flavors of flag football than I would ever have imagined could exist. [more inside]
posted by Scattercat on Mar 3, 2016 - 5 answers

What's it like, living in Knoxville?

I'm considering moving to Knoxville sometime in the next 2 years. Help me figure out if it will be a good fit. [more inside]
posted by FirstMateKate on Mar 2, 2016 - 8 answers

Street Eating

I'm interested in finding accounts of attitudes toward public eating in different social and historical contexts. [more inside]
posted by alltomorrowsparties on Feb 27, 2016 - 3 answers

Could my ethnicity play a role in my disappointing love life?

I am a 27 year old woman, and have always had horrible luck with relationships. I'm starting to wonder if my ethnicity, culture, background (Asian-Indian/Hindu) could have something to do with it? [more inside]
posted by summertimesadness1988 on Feb 27, 2016 - 35 answers

Do I wait for things to get better or is it a bad fit?

I've been in a relationship for 7 months with a person who I'm incredibly charmed by, but makes me feel lonely when he's inconsistent in his pursuit of me. I've made excuses for his traveling for work, his creative brain, our cultural differences and his hurts from his previous broken engagement. Some things that just seem normal to me - romantic gestures (surprises, flowers, notes) and consistent communication - seem difficult for him. He says that he loves me. Are my expectations unreasonable or is he emotionally immature? [more inside]
posted by orangesky4 on Jan 27, 2016 - 46 answers

Seeking a comprehensive list of internet forum communities

Does there exist an updated catalog or wiki list of internet forums and web communities living and dead over the coarse of the internet's history?
posted by Taft on Jan 10, 2016 - 6 answers

Gift Giving in China

I'm planning to give all of my teaching assistants a present for Christmas. Would it be rude to not give a present to the managerial staff? I've also heard that it's rude to give people higher up the same present. Please help me understand appropriate gifting. [more inside]
posted by Trifling on Dec 24, 2015 - 5 answers

How hard should I try to fit in at my new job?

I've been told I'm introverted and people are afraid I'm judging them. [more inside]
posted by winterportage on Dec 22, 2015 - 10 answers

Cool present for a groovy girl

What gift can I offer my anglophile 13-year-old niece ? [more inside]
posted by nicolin on Dec 10, 2015 - 18 answers

Maybe I suck at crossing cultures? Communication in foreign grad school.

Hello, I am in a graduate program in the USA and an American. I was accepted into a special short term program in Southern Europe and am having some communication problems with my fellow students/teammates. It's most likely a cultural thing. [more inside]
posted by Che boludo! on Dec 4, 2015 - 20 answers

Seeking: international visual guides of fashion subcultures

Where can I find more visual glossaries of international fashion subcultures, particularly the ones that are lesser-known or more specific? They'll have photos or video of the style, some background on what the style is about and where it's from, and some description of key elements. Some examples of what I'm after are Refinery29's Style out There playlist, this guide to Japanese fashion, and this list of men's fashion.
posted by divabat on Nov 30, 2015 - 3 answers

Books, anthropology research papers etc on permissive culture

I am looking for any research or books on how we in the west went from conservative to permissive in our culture, specifically around clothing styles, movies, marriage norms etc. Details and a word of caution inside. [more inside]
posted by theobserver on Nov 9, 2015 - 7 answers

Recommend a basic book comparative "politics" of traditional societies

Looking for a basic intro anthropology text that discusses the breadth of social and political structures in 'traditional' societies across the continents - or just across say Africa, or ... Some comments about the mistaken belief of widespread "communal" cultures across Africa has prompted an interest in the breadth of such variances in cultural organisations in 'earlier' or 'traditional' societies. Thus, an introductory text for the layperson would be good, nothing too massive or encyclopaedic.
posted by mary8nne on Oct 26, 2015 - 4 answers

A couple of questions about Iain M Banks Culture novels

Someone gave me "The Player of Games" by Iain M Banks and, having recently read it, I have a couple of questions about the Culture novels. [more inside]
posted by marienbad on Oct 25, 2015 - 29 answers

Yes, we have fruited plains, but we have no bananas...

Today, even the most obscure ingredient can often be sourced with the click of a few buttons, but back in the day... I'm looking for examples of recent (+/- last 100 yrs) groups of immigrants coming to the US and how either not having access to their usual ingredients or having access to new ingredients may have impacted their traditional recipes. [more inside]
posted by jenquat on Oct 8, 2015 - 22 answers

Social Studies? 101?

I'd like names (if they exist) for the following two ideas: [more inside]
posted by andrewcooke on Sep 28, 2015 - 8 answers

Maybe the professor just isn't funny

Do you have any suggestions for books, websites, other to help a new arrival to the US with learn general cultural references? I'm mentoring a Chinese student who is attending a mid-size US university. This is her first time in the US, and her English is fantastic. She asked me if I knew of any resources that could help her understand more US cultural references since sometimes she feels lost. [more inside]
posted by cessair on Sep 19, 2015 - 21 answers

Is there a name for this type of context in language?

"Après moi, le deluge" is a famous phrase. Literally it means "After me, the deluge." Idiomatically it essentially means "I don't care what happens after I'm gone, even if the world ends." I get all that. But what is missing from the Wikipedia page I linked to is the historical/cultural context; "the deluge" figuratively refers to the biblical flood described in Genesis 6-9. Is there a specific word for this sort of context for a phrase or term of art? [more inside]
posted by Wretch729 on Sep 15, 2015 - 18 answers

Second v Third Party Norms

Does the relative treatment of second and third parties vary by culture? [more inside]
posted by andrewcooke on Aug 26, 2015 - 3 answers

First World Problems

I'm from the first world. I work for a first world company. I receive a first world wage. Like many people on this site. You would probably find me completely average. But I live in a country that is poor, with a lot of inequality. [more inside]
posted by andrewcooke on Aug 19, 2015 - 51 answers

Modern US culture RSS feed

I'm getting into rss feeds. I just added one from moreintelligentlife.com. Now I would like to add something with edgy, current U.S. culture articles. Arts, literature, science topics are welcome, but nothing political. Needs to have rss feed, or I will never remember to look at them. Any suggestions?
posted by bitslayer on Aug 5, 2015 - 8 answers

How can I successfully transition from the Northeast to the Deep South?

Looking for advice on moving to rural Alabama after a lifetime in Vermont and a college town in upstate New York. I have zero experience with the South. [more inside]
posted by pterodactylichexameter on Aug 4, 2015 - 20 answers

What is the view of trans men in India and the Philippines?

I'm a white American project manager who works extensively with engineers in India and the Philippines (almost all male). All of them know me as female but I am going to come out as a trans man fairly soon. I have no idea how transgenderism (and specifically trans men) are viewed in Indian/Filipino culture. What might I expect? Should I handle the transition any differently with them than with American/Euro colleagues? [more inside]
posted by AFABulous on Jul 30, 2015 - 13 answers

Help Little Fluffy Grads + Postdocs Fly The Nest

What can a Professor do to help Grad Students (post-Masters) and Postdocs when they go to another country? What problems did you, as a grad/postdoc, have abroad? What helped? What resources exist to help such people? [more inside]
posted by andrewcooke on Jul 28, 2015 - 5 answers

You suck at working in a foreign culture bub.

Short of saying flat out what I said in the title, how can one help people learn to become “bicultural” and adapt to a foreign work style if they are unaware of the need to do so? [more inside]
posted by Che boludo! on Jul 27, 2015 - 13 answers

From the 1940s on, what songs/artists are key to trans* issues in rock?

This coming week begins the revisiting of my intro to rock music course syllabus. I will need your help. One key topic is considering transgender issues in rock music, from~1940s to present. What songs and artists are essential to discuss here? [I'm] not quite asking for a list of trans artists, but for songs, themes, and personas that open up to questions of queerness. [more inside]
posted by Going To Maine on Jul 20, 2015 - 37 answers

Whose idea was it to have an open bar at a lecture?

I was watching a movie where a scene included an academic lecturing on her work. The event was a black tie affair and there was an open bar at the lecture. I suddenly realized that this is common in movies and I've actually been to something like that in real life. Why? [more inside]
posted by Monochrome on Jul 3, 2015 - 11 answers

Articles or Papers on depolarizing the US?

I'm tired of reading about how congressional gridlock is the result of increasing political and media polarization. That much is obvious. What I'm interested in knowing is, what proposals are there to end or ameliorate this trend in American culture and politics? Who's thinking about this and writing articles or white papers? What ideas have been floated? [more inside]
posted by chrisamiller on Jun 28, 2015 - 9 answers

Looking for books about different world cultures

I'm looking for books that: 1. List different beliefs and practices of many different world cultures, both contemporary or historical cultures. 2. Are accessible, as in not needing an anthropology degree to understand them. 3. Preferably have pictures. 4. Are non-fiction, NOT a narrative with characters. I just want the facts. 5. Can be for kids or adults. 6. Preferably not internet resources because I want to minimize screen time. [more inside]
posted by TheOptimizer on Jun 21, 2015 - 5 answers

Exploring the intersection between cuteness and horror

I'm interested in exploring a particular aesthetic that I associate with the art of Yoshitomo Nara. [more inside]
posted by pretentious illiterate on Jun 11, 2015 - 14 answers

It's certainly not like Tumblr...

What would a culture that doesn't hate women look like? I'm looking for books, movies, works of fiction and non-fiction in various formats/media, and your own musings and imaginings. [more inside]
posted by gakiko on May 14, 2015 - 19 answers

Community arts/activist/development orgs in Central Asia

Which organizations working with arts, culture, activism, and/or social justice are based in Central Asia (especially Uzbekistan) and would take international volunteers? [more inside]
posted by divabat on Apr 25, 2015 - 4 answers

You've gotta know the rules if you want to play the game

For the first time in a long time, I have a full-time, long(ish)-term contract position in a "typical" office (one with more than like, 10 employees). I am very excited about it, but need pointers on how to play the game. [more inside]
posted by Enchanting Grasshopper on Mar 28, 2015 - 17 answers

Does everyone feel special?

Is the sense of personal specialness cross-cultural, or a mark of more individualist societies? Please help me understand differences in cultures. [more inside]
posted by namesarehard on Mar 15, 2015 - 17 answers

Warmer climates, jobs, and cultural fit - where to consider moving?

My wife and I currently live in Boston, but I want to live in a warmer climate and she (Industrial Engineering MS) wants to find a job. Which places should we consider moving to? [more inside]
posted by Earl the Polliwog on Feb 24, 2015 - 18 answers

Cultural Rules of Thumb

The advice to "always look both ways before you cross the street" is fairly common in the United States but I once heard of someone from another culture reacting to the concept like it was a genius-level epiphany. He was amazed by what many school children would consider a simple rule of thumb. I'd like to collect a similar set of idioms that might be seen in that way: common in their country of origin, but unknown (and potentially useful) in other parts of the world.
posted by Jeff Howard on Feb 13, 2015 - 13 answers

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