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What 'Community' Means in 2017 - The Atlantic
The word as used today tends to involve something at once farther from and more intimate than one’s home: one’s identity. “A body of people or things viewed collectively,” the Oxford English Dictionary sums it up. Community, in this sense, is not merely something that one fits into; it is also something one chooses for oneself, through a process of self-discovery. It is based on shared circumstances, certainly, but offers a transcendent kind of togetherness. It is active rather than passive.
community  sharing  American-culture 
11 weeks ago by BetsyRC
Trump isn’t a toddler — he’s a product of America’s culture of impunity for the rich - Vox
The truth is that Trump is no child. He’s 70 years old. And he’s not just any kind of 70-year-old. He’s a white male 70-year-old. A famous one. A rich one. One who’s been rich since the day he was born. He’s a man who’s learned over the course of a long and rich life that he is free to operate without consequence. He’s the beneficiary of vast and enormous privilege, not just the ability to enjoy lavish consumption goods but the privilege of impunity that America grants to the wealthy
Donald-trump  american-culture 
may 2017 by lwhlihu
Michelle Guo | Front-End Developer
The other day I was thinking about which of the 5 love languages (Words of Affirmation, Quality Time, Receiving Gifts, Physical Touch, and Acts of Service) best describes how Chinese people show they care.

Words of Affirmation was quickly crossed out. As anyone with a Tiger Mom would know, “Your piano skills still aren’t good enough. Practice harder” really means “I love you, my talented young Mozart.” Chinese people are generally very modest, so their parents (or spouses) wouldn’t want to encourage big heads by constantly proclaiming how great they are.

Receiving (and Giving) Gifts was a close second, because it’s such a big part of Chinese culture. Going to visit your girlfriend’s family? Make sure you buy gifts for everyone. I mean, everyone. If you think the neighbor’s kid might be stopping by, get him a gift just in case.

Acts of Service, in my opinion, is the number one Chinese love language (feel free to debate). I think it stems from the fact that Chinese people don’t really verbalize love emotions. In fact, 我喜欢你 (I like you), seems to have almost as strong a meaning as 我爱你 (I love you).

Americans are raised to believe that in order to marry someone, you need to be passionately in love with them, and know, somehow, that they are your soul mate. And while I’m a realist, I don’t believe it’s as easy as “Eh, he’s okay. Let’s do this thing.”
So I told my boyfriend about what my friend had said. He answered right away, “That’s because we don’t really say ‘Yea! He’s great!!'” What he meant was that you never hear Chinese people saying about their significant other, “He (or she) is the most generous person I’ve ever known, the smartest person I’ve ever met, and definitely the hottest I’ve ever seen (if anyone tells you that attraction has nothing to do with why they love their SO…..that person is lying).” Thinking back on it, I realized that maybe by talking about how great your boyfriend is, it’s seen as bragging, or showing off to others, which is a big no no in Chinese culture.

While it’s a different culture to adjust to, I don’t think it makes it any less meaningful the way that Chinese people show they care. If you approach others with an open mind, there’s actually a lot about communication, verbal and non-verbal, active or passive, that you can learn, including how you yourself communicate.
chinese-culture  communication  american-culture  love 
march 2017 by lwhlihu
Why French Parents Are Superior by Pamela Druckerman - WSJ.com
How speaking firmly, politely, and with conviction can make all the difference.
parenting  psychology  american-culture 
february 2012 by katylava
Crime and Punishment « Easily Distracted
"What I’d like is that the two Rutgers students have to work in everything they do for a more humane culture, for a wiser use of communicative media. I’d like them to have a special charge to live and teach the Golden Rule to their children, their friends, their neighbors, their co-workers, their communities, to any stranger who will listen and maybe even those who’d rather not."
crime-and-punishment  privacy  American-culture  internet-culture  law  pragmatism-at-its-core 
september 2010 by Vaguery
Unveiling the American Actor
"…Big-budget theatrical and film production in our world share their inherent risk and unpredictability with a colonial theater that began with a few adventurous artists crossing the Atlantic. Perhaps most importantly, whether for an eighteenth-century or a twenty-first century playgoer, the intersection of audience and performer constructs a sense of communal belonging, even if it is only belonging to a community of two people consisting of the star and the starstruck."
celebrity  actors  American-culture  cultural-history  craftsmanship-as-self-definition  media-studies 
march 2010 by Vaguery
floatingsheep: The Beer Belly of America
"At FloatingSheep, we're willing to search for and analyze almost anything that falls within the realm of human experience. Sometimes this is mundane (pizza) and sometimes it is contentious (abortion) but most of the time it falls somewhere in between. Such as, where can I get a drink?"
statistics  visualization  map  geography  American-culture  restaurants  bars  it's-the-great-plains-in-winter-you-decide 
march 2010 by Vaguery
Social Production, the Good Life, and the Ways of Desire « Easily Distracted
"Desire isn’t so easily managed, nor for that matter is fear. This vision of the way forward is made possible partly by mainstream economics’ lack of interest in culture, in psychology, in history, authorized by a belief that people are collectively easily pushed one way or the other by signals and incentives.""I’d still argue that a sense that the material world around us is dense in objects and spectacle, that we have a sense of what I’ve called fecundity, is important to middle-class well-being."
class  economics  consumerism  social-production  American-culture  "the-good-life" 
march 2009 by jschneider

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