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From our contributors: week of June 17, 2013

PocketCultures brings you some reading material written by our own contributors on their personal blogs. Happy reading!

Mike, our contributor from Japan, published a photo taken at the house of a priestess in Itoman Okinawa

Ski, our contributor from Hong Kong, wrote a post about the medicinal uses of snakes in Chinese medicine.

One of the earliest recorded use of snakes in Chinese medicine was the application of sloughed snake skin, described in the Shen Nong Ben Cao Jing (ca. 100 A.D.)? It was applied in the treatment of superficial diseases, including skin eruptions and eye infections or opacities.

Marie, our contributing editor from New Zealand, wrote about her feelings towards Asia in Coming of Age in Asia

When I first got to Asia I felt like I’d come home. For someone who doesn’t have a home town, that means a lot. I remember falling asleep in my tiny Hong Kong guesthouse with the TV on. I couldn’t turn it off because it was the familiarity of the Cantonese speaking that was lulling me to sleep. Asia was letting me know that I’d arrived where I was meant to. That I had some connection or reason for landing on this continent. Had I been here in another life? Why was it so familiar?

Anu, our contributor from India, describes her visit to a forest shrine in Wayanad.

A stone idol of Ganesha, with a small stone container (probably a lamp), with a feather lying by the side – doesn’t it look like the feather might be a quill, and the container might hold ink, ready for the Lord to pick it up and write? As the one who penned down the Mahabharata as Vyasa dictated it, the sight was appropriate, don’t you think?

Celia, our contributor from Kazakhstan, writes about natural disasters and earthquakes in that Central Asian country.

If you’re read­ing this and haven’t been to Kaza­khstan, I’m not sure what image you have of the peo­ple here. But I find my col­leagues and friends very thought­ful, and sev­eral peo­ple have asked me recently how things are in Okla­homa, as well as how the krizis (world­wide eco­nomic lag of the past few years) is affect­ing peo­ple at home.


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Books from around the world, recommended by our contributors

In a recent online chat between PocketCultures contributors from around the world, we talked about books which reflect our countries and cultures. Here are our recommendations.

Art installation at ArteBA 2012. Photo by Ana O'Reilly


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From our contributors: week of April 7, 2013

Some of our contributors have been busy at work publishing great content on their personal blogs. Here’s a roundup of those articles.

Ski, our contributor from Hong Kong, wrote about  fresh food at Hong Kong markets

Food can’t get fresher than this in Hong Kong. The buyer inspects a chicken and then picks one which is healthy, energetic and has bright feathers. The butcher wastes no time in weighing the chicken to determine a price.  The rest, most people will say, it should be history and the focus should be a happy meal on the table. (I wouldn’t want to go into more details, but let’s just say most butchers try to make it quick and painless for the chicken by heading directly for its jugular vein.) (more…)

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From our contributors: week of September 24

Anu, our contributor from India, wrote about the Ganesh Chaturthi celebrations in Mumbai:

The ten day Ganesh Chaturthi celebration is one festival celebrated by one and all, at least in Mumbai. Rich or poor, the devout bring the Lord home, and spend the ten days immersed in the festivities – offering prayers, enjoying the offerings, or maybe just taking in the sights and sounds of the festival.

DeeBee, our contributor from France, published a post about the Journées du Patrimoine – Heritage Days in France.

The Journées du Patrimoine were created in 1984 by the Ministry of Culture and are since held annually during the third weekend of September. More than fifteen thousand historic sites and monuments are open to the public for just two days. This is a wonderful opportunity to discover places normally closed to the public.

Ski, our contributor from Hong Kong, wrote about a visit to the Kowloon Walled City and the feelings it conjured.

On my very first visit to Kowloon Walled City Park, I thought it was nothing more than a man-made garden. However beautiful it may be, it felt fake and commercial. Compared to the streets across, where old buildings and memories of the old Kai Tak Airport remain, Kowloon Walled City Park did not seem to be a place that was worth spending time on.

It was not a well-planned trip as I had no idea what to expect and hence did not know what to look out for. As ignorant as I could be, I knew absolutely nothing about the history on Kowloon Walled City, apart from the fact that it used to be a Chinese Fort, following British’s occupation of Hong Kong Island.

Ana, our contributing editor, posted a photo essay about the Japanese Gardens of Buenos Aires (Argentina)


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Picture Postcards: Hong Kong houses

This month we are looking at houses around the world. Our contributor from Hong Kong, Ski, sends us this photo to show that it’s not all high rise buildings in Hong Kong as some poeple might think at first glance. These are village houses in the New Territories.

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From Our Contributors: Week of August 20

Here are some interesting posts written by our contributors on their personal blogs.

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Ski, our contributor from Hong Kong, wrote a post about the coffin houses of Hong Kong.

Cage homes. Coffin Houses. Whatever you call it, the poor lives in the dirtiest secrets of Hong Kong.

Mike, our contributor from Japan, posted photos taken at the Kurashiki Dam.

Ana, a contributing editor, wrote a post about history museums in Dallas.

The area where John Neely Bryan is thought to have built his first log cabin in 1841 is now known as the West End Historic District and that’s where history buffs should begin their tour. A replica of his one-room cedar cabin is located at the Founders’ Plaza, bordered by Elm, South Market, Main and South Houston streets.


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