16/02/2014 § Leave a comment
Does education construct national identity?
The rationale behind the exploration of this question is to examine how responsible the state is to the construction of national identity. There seems to be a conception that the state creates national identity. Mann in Dark Side of Democracy explores the idea of how the state is responsible for the formation of a stratified people, as seen in North America and organic people, as seen in Nazi Germany. A problem that these authors have with these ‘two types of we the people’ defined by Mann is that both are constructions of the state as the state wants its people to be seen. Organic nor do stratified people, in reality, exist. Nevertheless the state is essential in the perception that they do. The question is, therefore, where does this perception come from?
These authors do not wish to tackle Mann, instead it wishes to tackle…
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08/10/2013 § Leave a comment
Сидишь вот так, листаешь а потом бац и сердце так и раскалывается. Толи ностальгия захлестывает то ли сердце устало форму свою держать…
Photographer Cally Whitham – http://www.cally.co.nz
Creates her images with use of camera, computer and oils on canvas she creates ‘in a kitchen cupboard office’
“…Life can be more enriching when we take time to notice the value in the ordinary things around us” she says.
– April-May2013 Homestyle magazine
17/12/2011 § Leave a comment
And recently I’ve had a resurgence of almost saying ‘Insha’Allah’ after I say something I’m planing for to happen in the future. I’ve probably picked it up in some conversation and then reinforced by daily listening of bbc world service.
I wonder what it would be like if I didn’t stop myself. What if I took to using the expression daily?
I like to be respectful, how appropriate would it be?
How would my atheist friend react?
How would my Bangladeshi friend who renounced Islam 2 years ago feel?
How would my somewhat Christian friends feel?
When I go back to Russia, with the deep set ignorance through lack of exposure combined with the war in mainly Islamic Chechnya (with drafting), would anyone not think I’m crazy if they understood what I was saying?
You see, I like reading I Ching (it involves throwing coins to pinpoint which two chapters out of 50 you are to read) it teaches one to go with the flow, not to struggle against the course that one’s life takes as it is unpredictable and the only predictable element is change. It sometimes uses “God” as interchangeable with “cosmos” and “sage” – forces which will show the way if one holds the correct attitude and is receptive.
I am learning. And I remember to think of the idea of insha’Allah – “God willing” (as BBC translates it).
I suppose as I do not know if it holds any other meanings in its few smooth short sounds I will hold off on making it a habit.
Wikipedia offers the following: “The phrase translates into English as “God willing” or “If it is God’s will”, sometimes spoken as DV; the Latin abbreviation for Deo volente or simply “God willing”. ” – could “Deo volente” be an option?
Read the rest of the Wikipedia article here.
******One more curiosity:
“Inshallah Surfboards” designed by Australian Phillip George following a visit to the region. Click on any of the images to visit the site “arabianbusiness.com”.
“…in an effort to create a lesser divide between East and West. As an artist, he decorates the boards with Islamic motifs and iconography from the historic mosques he visited. His boards are currently exhibited at the Casula Powerhouse arts centre in an exhibition called Borderlands, with all boards facing to Mecca.”
02/09/2011 § Leave a comment
In his film, Kiyong asks, “Migrants have often left much behind – emotionally, physically and financially – to start new lives and exist without the support networks of extended family and old friends. How do they cope with the trauma, loss and ongoing physical upheaval and sense of dislocation wrought by a natural disaster so severe that even established, lifelong residents have fled elsewhere?”
The film, by Kiyong Park featured in NZ’s 43rd International Film Festival, following not long after the earthquake in Christchurch on the 22nd of February 2011.
29/08/2011 § Leave a comment
You may be able to immagine my enthusiasm when an invite to a meet and greet for this group filtered through to my social networking profile.
So I went along met some people I knew an didnt know it was an excited buzz around the place. Since an article has bee writen my one of the attendies about what can be called “Third Culture Kids”.
It can be read here: www.theaucklander.co.nz
Google it 😉
18/06/2011 § Leave a comment
Video found on Zlin chanel it from NZ Trade and Enterprise ‘Better by Design’