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Hack #3: Cinco De Mayo's Acculturation

Cinco De Mayo is a major holiday celebrated ironically in the United States with heavy drinking, spring break trips, barbecues, and dressing up in costumes.   Many Americans see this as a silly holiday to eat Mexican food, dress up in Mexican cultural clothes, and an excuse to get drunk, clearly taking the stereotypes of Mexican culture and displaying them openly.  339 more words

Taken for Granted: Henna Tattoos

In her article Cannibal Culture (1996), Deborah Roots criticizes the power to nitpick or salvage only parts of cultures for the sake of exchange in a capitalist economy, stating that “culture itself becomes a commodity” (Roots 73), rendering the appropriation/interest of art to be displaced from real ceremonial, social, and political contexts. 770 more words

Deconstructing the "instagram baddie"

Photos, from left: a Nuba woman wearing traditional cornrow hairstyle; a photo from social media, origin unknown. Both sourced from a Google search.

According to Root, appropriation is part of commodifying aspects of a culture for an economic gain. 494 more words

Underdogs Of The City: Becoming A Philadelphian

It’s been two weeks since the Eagles won the Super Bowl, and the city is still buzzing with pride and glory. From the post game celebration to the parade up Broad Street, Eagles fans were sure to show up by the masses, enveloping the city with hundreds of thousands of people walking up and down the streets, climbing up trees, and sitting on top of garbage trucks. 423 more words

Blog Posts

Adopting another Culture

Into the Canyon – Seven Years in Navajo Country was the best memoir I’ve read in years. Because author Lucy Moore and her husband discovered the Southwest during the same year I did, the book captured my interest immediately. 276 more words


Black Christmas In The Desert


Christmas traditions vary depending upon nationality; even within African American culture, regional origin and familial makeup combine to produce unique richness and flavors.

Please tune in to hear me discuss Black Christmas foods from my childhood. 52 more words

Popular Culture

National and transnational belonging among Turkish and Moroccan older migrants in the Netherlands: protective against loneliness?

Author(s): Jolien KLOK ; Theo G. van TILBURG ; Bianca SUANET ; Tineke FOKKEMA ; Martijn HUISMAN



This research investigates how a sense of belonging functions as protective mechanism against loneliness.

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