June 13th, 2013
Written by Rita Cook in Feature Stories with 0 Comments
Gandi Statue
On a recent trip to India and the state of Gujarat, finding local trinkets became a game of meeting the locals and asking questions about how they make each item in the region. It is a colorful region too, filled with much of the culture from bygone eras. From local scarves where the craftsmen use block and screen printing, to the hanging, multi-colored trinkets used in homes, and inlaid with...
November 20th, 2012
Written by Jim Kuhnhenn - Associated Press in Latest News with 0 Comments
U.S. President Barack Obama and Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi
YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — In a historic breakthrough, President Barack Obama on Monday stepped onto the soil of long-shunned Myanmar and into the flag-waving embrace of its once repressed people. "You gave us hope," he declared, the first U.S. president to visit what not long ago had been an international outcast. Tens of thousands of people poured into the streets to welcome Obama to a place still...
May 25th, 2011
Written by Alonzo Weston in "Sticky Wicket" Questions with 0 Comments
Dear Sticky Wicket,Since there do not appear to be a lot of other racial groups in Japan, is it true that the Japanese believe in keeping their race pure and are historically anti-immigration?~Curious in St. CloudDear Curious,A number of articles and opinions abound that racism in Japan is deep and profound, but it is not a topic the Japanese openly discuss.Some say racism in Japan is not so much...
May 18th, 2011
Written by Rita Cook in The Welcoming Table with 0 Comments
Sake, the national drink of Japan is a rice wine originating from the 3rd century BC, when local villagers invented the drink.Today, sake practically rivals wine in popularity for some people. Consider taking a sake tasting tour while visiting Japan.With 40 sake breweries in Chiba Prefecture, located just outside of Tokyo, it is easy to incorporate a sake tour into day trips from the capital. Of...
May 11th, 2011
Written by Francesca Biller in Setting It Straight with 0 Comments
Although picking coffee beans on her family’s Hawaiian farm was what Sumiko did each day as a child, she dreamt that one day she would design beautiful clothes. But she had no idea how much her culture would influence each exotic hue and stitch that make her designs so unique.In the small sleepy town of Kona, most folks were farmers and business owners who worked hard and lived simple lives. It...


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