Migrants tell nation their stories

02/03/2014 § Leave a comment

Migrants tell nation their stories

“Eric Dorfman, Prakash Patel, Renata Szarvas, Vijeshwar Prasad and Yumi Mizuno will appear on Neighbourhood, a documentary about migrants who have settled in New Zealand.

Screening at 11am Sunday on TV One, each episode is based in a different neighbourhood and explores four strands that look at creativity, food, politics and treasure from a cultural perspective unique to that neighbourhood.”


The Wanganui episode of Neighbourhood will screen in April.


National Identity in the Context of the National Curricula of Scotland and England

16/02/2014 § Leave a comment

Nationalism Studies

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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Бац! Ностальгия…

08/10/2013 § Leave a comment

Бац! Ностальгия...

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

What would everyone think?

17/12/2011 § Leave a comment

I am Russian, in the past year I have declared that I am also a Buddhist, and I have just marked my 15th year of residing in NZ.

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.”

One of many designs.

TCK – Third Culture Kids

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 😉

Among Asian-American women…by Alexandra Nikolchev

05/05/2011 § Leave a comment

An interesting case study from America.

“According to the Department of Health and Human Services, depression is the second leading cause of death for Asian-American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) women between 15 and 24, who consistently have the highest suicide rates among women in that age group. AAPI women over 65 have the highest rates of suicide among all races in that age group.”

Read the rest of the article here.

Thoughts of the week:

11/03/2011 § Leave a comment


Its not easy realising that you can never be happy in any one place.


I was talking ‘culture’ with someone the other day.
She thought it was knowing your history.
And I said that I had though it was so much more.
I said it was manerisms, cusine, the little things, the practical things.. I halted after I heard myself say
‘its part of your presence.’

Doesnt that sum it up nicely?

It seems innate, out of control and ephemral, all at the same time.


If the cycle of life states: you have to loose in order to recieve
then it seems that you have to loose some of one presence to gain some of another.

..that seems reasonable.

But then that also means that if you gain some of one kind of presence then you also have to….
it means you loose some of the original kind of presence.

..and that seems unfair.



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