Open Forum: Thanksgiving

November 26, 2008 § 16 Comments

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Life has its share of ups and downs. We experience many struggles in our lives, but are also blessed with many things to be thankful for.

What are you most thankful for?

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Culture 101: Fashion Sense

November 23, 2008 § 8 Comments

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Each culture has its own unique take on fashion. In the United States, people wear tennis shoes for almost every occasion. They wear tennis shoes to work, to church, and even…..to wedding. It’s not very common, but I have witnessed people wearing tennis shoes to wedding more than once.

Conversely, Europeans rarely wear tennis shoes for anything other than sports and exercises. Walking on the streets of Europe with athletic shoes is considered to be distasteful. Europeans do take fashion seriously; foreign tourists should take note of this.

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The Art Critic: Dali’s Sleep

November 21, 2008 § 7 Comments

THE FEATURED CRITIQUE HAS BEEN MOVED TO => DALI SLEEP

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Culture 101: Weight of Love

November 16, 2008 § 8 Comments

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Many Chinese, especially those who live in rural areas, view obesity as a symbol of affluence and beauty. This traditional view of beauty is still very much rooted in the Chinese culture. In fact, most underweight or slender-looking Chinese women would have a very tough time finding a husband. Compounding to the problem is the fact that many marriages in China are initiated by matchmakers, who are trained to look for plump-looking women. Since many people in China are still poor and suffer from malnourishment, just to become overweight is a dream unrealized.

The Chinese bias against skinny people has had a long history. In ancient China, skinny people were considered low-class citizens and were discriminated against. On the other hand, obese people were highly regarded and praised. Many of the so called “the most gorgeous women in China’s history” were all rather obese. There were accounts of people literally fainted, upon witnessing the “stoutness of their beauty”.

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The Art Critic: Seurat’s Sunday Afternoon

November 13, 2008 § 10 Comments

THE CRITIQUE HAS BEEN MOVED TO => Seurat’s Sunday

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~The Art Institute of Chicago, 1884

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Open Forum: Heroes and Superheroes

November 11, 2008 § 12 Comments

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When I was young, I spent a lot of time reading and collecting superhero comics. Even now, I am still a big comics fan. Strangely, I find myself more attached to the super villians as I age. I guess adulthood has a way of cajoling people to the dark side. Isn’t it strange that most adults prefer Darth Vader over Luke Skywalker? This begs the following questions:

If you can be any superhero/super villain, which one would it be and why? Who is your real-life hero?

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Obama wins the presidency!

November 5, 2008 § 8 Comments

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Final thoughts?

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