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March 23, 2013 |
SACRAMENTO - At 855 pages, it has been lauded by linguists and anthropologists as the only dictionary of its kind: a comprehensive translation of Iu-Mien into English that doubles as a guide to the dying practices of a people who, beginning in 1975, fled the hills of Laos after aiding the CIA's secret war. Over the quarter-century it took to produce, much came to pass. For the Pasadena professor whose name graces the book's charcoal cover, there was the murder of a daughter, a house fire that consumed his nearly finished work and the gentle assistance of collaborators on three continents who helped him pick up the pieces.
April 3, 2014 |
Visitors will be able to immerse themselves in Canada's First Nations culture when a first-of-its-kind hotel opens next month in Vancouver. Skwachays Lodge is billing itself as an “entirely aboriginal-themed hotel.” The 18-room boutique hotel in British Columbia will sit at the crossroads of Chinatown and Gastown in downtown Vancouver. The building opened two years ago as a residential facility operated by the Vancouver Native Housing Society . Two floors are being converted into an experiential hotel whose profits will benefit the nonprofit organization.
March 21, 2011 |
First a massive earthquake and a devastating tsunami. Now a battle with an out-of-control nuclear reactor facility. How much can one people take? Though there's obviously a limit to what anyone can bear, cultural features of a society can clearly influence psychological resilience, experts say. As the tragedy drags into a second week, they warn that prolonged stress will lead to heightened trauma for many Japanese people and that levels of sadness...
February 1, 2013 |
Visitors to Hawaii 's Big Island can immerse themselves in local culture and natural history Feb. 22-24, when Amy B.H. Greenwell Ethnobotanical Garden hosts the ninth-annual Grow Hawaiian Weekend . Besides the usual array of native plants in this garden in the village of Captain Cook, locals will share traditions such as the carving of nose flutes from stalks of bamboo. The roots of many of the weekend's activities are in the soil. For example, from noon to 4 p.m. Feb. 22, the focus will be on taro, the potato-like root that's a staple of many Hawaiian's diets.
May 3, 2010 |
If you haven't already, you still have time to vote. The deadline for casting ballots for Dunkin's Next Donut is Monday at midnight. It's the latest in the let-the-people-decide craze. The doughnut chain has asked you and me to design and vote on newfangled goodies the company can sell. A panel of judges has narrowed the competition down to an even dozen (get it?) finalists, and now it's up to Mr. and Ms. America to go online to choose whether the Mango Fandango (topped with pink and orange sprinkles)
April 21, 2013 |
BOSTON -- Boston's Catholic archbishop marked the city's renewed sense of community after the marathon bombings but warned of the “culture of death” that led to the tragedy, calling on the faithful to “build a civilization of love.” At the Cathedral of the Holy Cross, Cardinal Sean P. O'Malley offered Sunday's Mass, which was attended by the city's police commissioner, “for the repose of the souls” of those who died as a result of...
January 8, 2013 |
Get a dose of culture during the day and dance all night at Santuario, a new entertainment center in Mexico 's Nuevo Vallarta, a resort community about 15 minutes outside Puerto Vallarta. "We view Santuario as a gateway into education and entertainment for all of our guests," said El Kadri, director of entertainment for Grupo Vidanta, a hotel and resort developer. “We also view it as a gateway into the Nuevo Vallarta resort property.” Nuevo Vallarta , a planned residential-resort community that was organized by the Mexican government more than a decade ago, offers resort amenities on three miles of white sandy beach.
April 15, 2012 |
Long before there were "real" housewives on television, actor-politicians and even potential celebrity politicians like Donald Trump, theme restaurants, virtual online vacations and Kim Kardashian, who makes her living by being Kim Kardashian, there was "The Image," historian Daniel Boorstin's prescient examination of a nation in transition, which celebrates the 50th anniversary of its publication this year. When "The Image" first appeared, one critic predicted that it would join William Whyte's "The Organization Man" and John Kenneth Galbraith's "The Affluent Society" as one of those seminal books that not only capture the zeitgeist but change the American mind-set.
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November 11, 2009 |
'Banjo Fred" Starner, an economics professor and banjo-playing folk singer who documented hobo music and culture, has died. He was 72. Starner, of Winnetka, died Oct. 25 at a West Hills rehabilitation facility of complications from pneumonia and the autoimmune disorder sarcoidosis, said his wife, Barbara. "Fred Starner was very much a musician of the people, taking his cue from his mentor, Pete Seeger," said Mary Katherine Aldin, a folk music historian. "A great percentage of his concerts were benefits for causes in which he believed.
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July 10, 1998
Re "Nations Wary of U.S. Culture Plan Alliance," July 1: Where do I sign up? FREDERIC E. PAMP Santa Barbara