Clare Wilkinson

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What the world’s fascination with a female-only Chinese script says about cultural appropriation

When I was a university student in Beijing in the early ’90s, I stumbled upon an academic article by Zhao Liming, a professor at Tsinghua University’s Chinese language department, about a little-known script used only by women in a corner of the southern province of Hunan. Days after, I bought the …

Language

How We, The Indians, Came to Be

A breath-taking new study, with some of the most well-regarded names in population genetics, archaeology and anthropology as authors, unpeels the …

Anthropology

New Evidence Fuels Debate over the Origin of Modern Languages

Five thousand years ago nomadic horseback riders from the Ukrainian steppe charged through Europe and parts of Asia. They brought with them a …

Whispers of the First Human Language Heard in the "Sound" of Ancient Cave Art

For early humans, these old paintings bridged symbol and sound.<p>Our ancestors emerged as a species 200,000 years ago and figured out how to use …

How Americans preserved British English

Americans today pronounce some words more like Shakespeare than Brits do… but it’s in 18th-Century England where they’d really feel at home.<p>It makes for a great story: when settlers moved from England to the Americas from the 17th Century, their speech patterns stuck in place. That was particularly …

Linguistics

Here's How They Made Hela's Thor: Ragnarok Headdress

Hela’s headdress from <i>Thor: Ragnarok</i> is the best thing to happen in film in 2017. It should win an Oscar. That headdress should be inducted into the …

15 Netflix original TV shows that critics really hate, but normal people love

But critical reception can often mean next to nothing to everyday viewers, who will flock to shows that critics have condemned, like the Netflix original comedy "Friends From College," or the Naomi Watts-led drama "Gyspy."<p>To find out which critically panned Netflix series are still beloved by …

Entertainment

Fast fashion was inspired by Europe’s inability to mimic Indian garb

For many centuries, Asia was both the center of the world’s textile production and the source of its fashion trends. India, in particular, was responsible for the largest share of textile production and for much of the finest kinds of cloth. Indian manufacturers had sophisticated methods for …

Textile Industry

China Fears India May Be Edging It Out in Culture Battle

BEIJING — One of the most popular movies in China over the summer ran 161 minutes, so long that it was sometimes shown with an intermission. Unlike Hollywood blockbusters, there were no special effects, speeding cars or epic battle scenes. Nor was the film a Chinese production with a Chinese …

China

6 Valuable Works of Art Discovered in People's Attics and Garages

Valuable artworks aren’t always displayed in museums, or owned by private collectors or foundations. In some rare cases, they've slipped through the …

The 9 Best Movie Sets of All Time

Whether it be a million pounds of plaster or help from the New Zealand Army, these movie sets went above and beyond to make their audiences happy<p>Perhaps the only thing better than celebrity homes is their place of business: the movie set. It often takes location scouts, production designers, and …

Why Are There No New Major Religions?

The story of one imprisoned prophet illustrates the difficulties of getting a “baby religion” off the ground.<p>Cipinang prison stands like a huge fortress in East Jakarta, its massive walls and guard towers separating the city’s bustling traffic from the criminals held within its gates. I visited in …

Q&A: How far back in time would I have to go until I couldn’t understand what people were saying?

Strong local dialects with their own rich vocabularies remain well within living memory. After all, the modern English we know today is very much the …

The costumes in “Game of Thrones” have their own hidden layer of storytelling

Given all the violence, drama, dragons, and—let’s face it—nudity on HBO’s hit <i>Game of Thrones</i>, it’s understandable that viewers might not pay close attention to the clothes. But they should.<p>Like everything else in the high-budget series, the characters’ clothes are painstakingly considered and …

TV Series

We still have no idea why humans speak over 7,000 languages

The thatched roof held back the sun’s rays, but it could not keep the tropical heat at bay. As everyone at the research workshop headed outside for a break, small groups splintered off to gather in the shade of coconut trees and enjoy a breeze. I wandered from group to group, joining in the …

Language Learning

It’s hard not to hold shakycam against the otherwise terrific Bourne Supremacy

<i>With A History Of Violence, Tom Breihan picks the most important action movie of every year, starting with the genre’s birth and moving right up to</i> …

Are We Different People in Different Languages?

The Latvian student was struggling with his assignment. I had asked all the students in my writing class at Maastricht University in the …

Rice Was First Grown At Least 9,400 Years Ago

Archaeologists have unearthed bits of rice from when it was first domesticated in China.<p>Around 10,000 years ago, as the Pleistocene gave way to our current geological epoch, a group of hunter-gathers near China’s Yangtze River began changing their way of life. They started to grow rice.<p>Remarkably, …

Should white chefs sell burritos? A Portland food cart’s revealing controversy.

Portland, Ore., has become the epicenter in a growing movement to call out white people who profit off the culinary ideas and dishes swiped from other cultures.<p>In the days since two white women were shamed into shutting down their pop-up burrito cart after telling a reporter that they had “picked …

James Beard

Burrito pop-up shop run by white women shuts down amid accusations of cultural appropriation and recipe theft

A pop-up shop selling burritos has closed down amid accusations of cultural appropriations and recipe theft.<p>Kali Wilgus and Liz "LC" Connely began …

'Hobbit' species did not evolve from ancestor of modern humans, research finds

Researchers who studied the bones of <i>Homo floresiensis</i>, a species of tiny human discovered on the Indonesian island of Flores in 2003, say their findings should end a popular theory that it evolved from an ancestor of modern humans.<p>The study, led by the Australian National University researcher Dr …

Evolution

The urinal that changed how we think

One hundred years ago this month, Marcel Duchamp’s controversial Fountain made its debut. It would change art forever, writes Kelly Grovier.<p>In April 1917, everything changed. At least, that is, in the world of art. It was then that the legendary avant-garde French artist and cultural prankster, …

Art

How Bollywood and its marketers lulled Indians into obsessing over talentless star-kids

Like a good section of Indians, I know all that is to be known about the Kapoor babies. Incessant media reports have, after all, kept us all abreast of the lives of several generations of Bollywood’s family no. 1.<p>As the lineage advanced from the grand patriarch Prithviraj Kapoor, we watched his …

India

This Film Tells The Story Of Aboriginal People Who Performed In Human Zoos

"The Aboriginal groups were considered as boomerang-throwing cannibals."<p>The disturbing story of how Aboriginal people were coaxed into becoming living exhibits in travelling circuses and freak shows will be explored in a new documentary called <i>Inside Human Zoos.</i><p>In the late 19th century, two groups …

Anthropology

The right way to cook with fat – two recipes to show you how

Fat is flavour. I remember the moment I learned that lesson. I’d recently started my chef apprenticeship at Chez Panisse in California and I was prepping one of the restaurant’s classic dishes: pasta with tomato, eggplant and caramelised onions. I’d made caramelised onions a few weeks earlier – for …

Onions

Tracing the evolution of the Benarasi weave over centuries

This could be the scene from a period film though occurring in a weavers’ guild in Benares just over thirty years back. Floor mattresses lined three …

myfrequent.com

How Can You Tell a Good Drummer from a Bad Drummer?: Ringo Starr as Case Study

Yesterday Josh Jones made the case for appreciating the subtle genius of Ringo Starr. And as if to second that, Dirk K. sent this video (above) our …

Three Pink Floyd Songs Played on the Traditional Korean Gayageum: “Comfortably Numb,” “Another Brick in the Wall” & “Great Gig in the Sky”

If you come visit South Korea, where I live, you'll more than likely pass through Incheon International Airport, and there quite possibly witness a …

Guitar

"Whistled Languages" Reveal How the Brain Processes Information

One spring morning Panagiotıs Kefalas was in the tavern he owned in the tiny Greek village of Antia when he received a call from his friend Kyria …