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Dolce & Gabbana: Stick a Fork in It

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The Italian luxury brand, Dolce and Gabbana, is facing a billion dollar backlash from China after Dolce & Gabbana posted video clips on Instagram mocking a Chinese woman seen struggling to eat pizza, spaghetti, and other Italian foods with her chopsticks.In addition to the culturally insensitive ad, the Instagram account also had five smiling poo emojis used to describe China as a pile of excrement.

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Asian Shame: Suicide to look like Murder

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Asian suicide is often misunderstood in Western cultures and viewed from a  narrow scope of mental health.  Yet, what many don’t recognize are cultural factors that can make someone of Asian ancestry not only susceptible to suicide but the cultural belief that suicide is morally permissible.

Dating back at least 2500 years, Confucius espoused his viewpoints on the need for Asian individuals to submit to the greater good of the collective group and doing so as a means of honoring yourself and others.  This in turn, would bring about stability and harmony.  His viewpoints on this can be summed up in his 5 Cardinal Rules where you are to honor your superiors and strive towards unity and group cohesion.  His beliefs started in China but spread throughout Japan, Korea and much of Asia.  In addition to his beliefs, other philosophical, educational, political, and religious viewpoints coincided in reinforcing the need to preserve your cultural honor, even if it means killing yourself to do so. Continue Reading

Growth

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Like the rings of a tree,

growth will differ,

year to year,

even month to month,

yet we honor,

what nature throws at us.

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