12.20.17

These Comics Redefined Hinduism – And Reinforced A Lot Of Prejudice Along The Way

The comics Amar Chitra Katha (or The Immortal Stories) got started when a newspaper executive watched a quiz show where kids knew little to nothing about the Hindu epic The Ramayana. Now ACK has been a kids' entertainment empire for decades - but it's an empire built on bigotry: "ACK’s writing and illustrative team constructed a legendary past for India by tying masculinity, Hinduism, fair skin, and high caste to authority, excellence, and virtue. On top of that, [the] comics often erased non-Hindu subjects from India’s historic and religious fabric."

These Comics Redefined Hinduism – And Reinforced A Lot Of Prejudice Along The Way

The comics Amar Chitra Katha (or The Immortal Stories) got started when a newspaper executive watched a quiz show where kids knew little to nothing about the Hindu epic The Ramayana. Now ACK has been a kids' entertainment empire for decades - but it's an empire built on bigotry: "ACK’s writing and illustrative team constructed a legendary past for India by tying masculinity, Hinduism, fair skin, and high caste to authority, excellence, and virtue. On top of that, [the] comics often erased non-Hindu subjects from India’s historic and religious fabric."

The Ten Worst Parts Of Being An Arts Fundraiser

Karen Brooks Hopkins, longtime president of the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM): "As fundraisers, we are constantly told to look at the bright side: If at first you don't succeed; smile though your heart is breaking, etc. But as a former president and chief fundraiser for a large multidisciplinary arts organization, I have decided, in the spirit of the season, to present my 'bottom 10 list' delineating the worst, most excruciating parts of the job."

How Traveling To Learn Lost Its Edge

“In a world where travel has lost many of its mental and physical exertions, one meets people who fly thousands of miles to do a bit of shopping in Dubai, to lie on a beach in Bali, or to watch a cricket match in Adelaide… Some travellers travel enormous distances and keep all their preconceptions intact.”

Take A Look At The Top Traits Needed To Be Successful Working At Google

"Project Oxygen shocked everyone by concluding that, among the eight most important qualities of Google’s top employees, STEM expertise comes in dead last. The seven top characteristics of success at Google are all soft skills: being a good coach; communicating and listening well; possessing insights into others (including others different values and points of view); having empathy toward and being supportive of one’s colleagues; being a good critical thinker and problem solver; and being able to make connections across complex ideas. Those traits sound more like what one gains as an English or theater major than as a programmer."

Take A Look At The Top Traits Needed To Be Successful Working At Google

"Project Oxygen shocked everyone by concluding that, among the eight most important qualities of Google’s top employees, STEM expertise comes in dead last. The seven top characteristics of success at Google are all soft skills: being a good coach; communicating and listening well; possessing insights into others (including others different values and points of view); having empathy toward and being supportive of one’s colleagues; being a good critical thinker and problem solver; and being able to make connections across complex ideas. Those traits sound more like what one gains as an English or theater major than as a programmer."

Yu Guangzhong, An Exiled Poet Who Longed For His Homeland Of China, Dies In Taiwan At 89

He was "a prominent poet, essayist and translator whose best-known work, 'Nostalgia,' came to symbolize the aching separation, displacement and longing for cultural unity felt by many in mainland China and in the Chinese diaspora." Generations have memorized 'Nostalgia,' and it's even been used in high levels to argue for the reunification of Taiwan with the mainland.