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Foreign Accents – “Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother” – Amy Chua

February 26th, 2012 · Comments Off on Foreign Accents – “Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother” – Amy Chua · Ethnicity, Multi-culturalism

“Never ever make fun of foreign accents,” I’ve exhorted them on many occasions. “Do you know what a foreign accent is? It’s a sign of bravery. Those are people who crossed an ocean to come to this country.

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Nationalist, Not Ethnic Conflicts – “The Fall of Yugoslavia”, Misha Glenny

February 16th, 2012 · Comments Off on Nationalist, Not Ethnic Conflicts – “The Fall of Yugoslavia”, Misha Glenny · Ethnicity, Genocide, Multi-culturalism, War, WW2

From the beginning of the conflict in Croatia, one question above most others has exercised minds inside and outside the country: what causes this depth of hatred which has provoked atrocities and slaughter on such a wide scale over such a short period of time? In retrospect, it seems clear that the wars of the […]

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Mostar – “The Fall of Yugoslavia”, Misha Glenny

February 15th, 2012 · Comments Off on Mostar – “The Fall of Yugoslavia”, Misha Glenny · Ethnicity, Multi-culturalism, War

Mostar is famous above all for its Ottoman architecture symbolised by the old footbridge which arches high over the Neretva River… Hercegovina is divided by the river Neretva, whose moth is in Croatian territotyr but which soon enters Hercegovina. The Serbs consider the Neretva the dividing line between Serb and Coat territory. The Croats however […]

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Serb Unity – “The Fall of Yugoslavia”, Misha Glenny

February 15th, 2012 · Comments Off on Serb Unity – “The Fall of Yugoslavia”, Misha Glenny · Ethnicity, Multi-culturalism

The great motor behind Serbian nationalist politics is the search for unity. The most powerful example of Serbian iconography is the symmetrical cross adorned with four Cs (the Cyrillic letter S), the two left-hand ones being printed as mirror images. This is an acronym for the phrase ‘Samo Sloga Srbina, Spasava’(Only Unity Can Save the […]

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On other cultures – “Joh Speak” – Alan Price, Elizabeth Hancock and Erik Scholz

February 3rd, 2012 · Comments Off on On other cultures – “Joh Speak” – Alan Price, Elizabeth Hancock and Erik Scholz · Ethnicity, Multi-culturalism, Quotes

“Just because a few migrants want their spicy tucker, I fail to see what the Australian community as a whole should suffer the possibility of foot-and-mouth disease.”

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Immigration and Race – “The Unfinished Revolution: How New Labour Changed British Politics Forever” – Philip Gould

January 11th, 2012 · Comments Off on Immigration and Race – “The Unfinished Revolution: How New Labour Changed British Politics Forever” – Philip Gould · Campaigning, Complexity, Culture, Democracy, Electoralism, Ethnicity, Humanism, Leadership, Morality, Multi-culturalism, Philosophy, Policy, Politics, Sociology, UK Labour, United Kingdom

The politics of grievance can be harsh and it is never easy moderating a group where the sole focus is immigration. But immigration, like crime, like welfare abuse, is not an issue we can avoid; we must deal with it head on. Not just because of the sense of unfairness that people hold but also […]

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Ethnicity as an Institution – “Dancing in the Glory of Monsters”, Jason Stearns

August 20th, 2011 · Comments Off on Ethnicity as an Institution – “Dancing in the Glory of Monsters”, Jason Stearns · Africa, Colonialism, Congo, Culture, Ethnicity, History, Politics

If the fiercest ideology or ethics that can be found in the country is ethnic, that is because no other institution has been strong enough for the people to rally around. Unfortunately, ethnic mobilization is usually exclusive in nature and does not form an equitable or truly democratic basis for the distribution of state resources; […]

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War Stories – “Unpolished Gem” – Alice Pung

May 31st, 2011 · Comments Off on War Stories – “Unpolished Gem” – Alice Pung · Ethnicity, Genocide, History, Multi-culturalism

My father’s idea of getting familiar with someone was to tell them war stories. He didn’t do it to sober them up or edify them. He did it to crack them up. “This fish reminds me of the Pol Pot years when the starved, dead bodies floated up the river during the flood. I got […]

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Colonisation is Violence – “We Wish to Inform You That Tomorrow We Will Be Killed with Our Families” – Philip Gourevitch

May 27th, 2011 · Comments Off on Colonisation is Violence – “We Wish to Inform You That Tomorrow We Will Be Killed with Our Families” – Philip Gourevitch · Colonialism, Ethnicity, Genocide, History, Rwanda, Sociology

Colonisation is violence, and there are many ways to carry out that violence. In addition to military and administrative chiefs and a veritable army of churchmen, the Belgians dispatched scientists to Rwanda. The scientists brought scales and measuring tapes and callipers, and they went about weighing Rwandans, measuring Rwandan cranial capacities, and conducting comparative analyses […]

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The Romance of the Three Kingdoms – “China: Its History and Culture” – Morton, W. Scott

March 30th, 2011 · Comments Off on The Romance of the Three Kingdoms – “China: Its History and Culture” – Morton, W. Scott · China, Culture, Ethnicity, War

“Just as Shakespeare drew upon a fund of battle tales from the Wars of the Roses and the Japanese No plays dwelt upon the heroism of the Gempei Wars, so the Chinese authors of later drama and of the famous novel, The Romance of the Three Kingdoms, found a rich mine of themes in this […]

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