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The Politics of Pockets

22 Jul, 2021

The Politics of Pockets

Did you know the history of pockets is political, even sexist? Men’s clothing tends to have ample, visible pockets; women’s clothing tends to have small pockets (sometimes fake ones!)

Photo: Coco Chanel at her villa, La Pausa in 1930

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Where Are You From?

19 Jun, 2021

Where Are You From?

As an Asian, I get asked this question pretty regularly. To get asked this repeatedly reminds you that you are from somewhere else – somewhere that is not here.
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Blue and green French street sign embroided pin

15 Apr, 2021

Beyond Words

You can infer a lot about a country based on its use of language.

For example, the Scots have 421 words for snow.  And while the Scots collected words for snow, the Japanese conceived words that are so ethereal, they defy language.

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