History

The Hybridity of Language: Italian in Argentina and Japanese in Brazil

The Hybridity of Language: Italian in Argentina and Japanese in Brazil

The evolutions of Brazilian Portuguese and Argentinian Spanish outline the massive impact of foreign introduction in these particular areas. From the invasion of Western powers to the influences of immigrant communities, these countries’ native languages underwent major cultural shifts in order to accommodate for the mass migration of people who became permanent, integral parts of the population.

The Spectacle of the Fair

The Spectacle of the Fair

Public perception of Indigenous people is regulated to aid the American cultural narrative. The result is a strategically fashioned idea of the United States as existing in an untainted present state. This produces a notion of endless growth and opportunity, leaving behind stories of past genocide that nonetheless continue to burden Indigenous groups.

Paved with Differing Intentions: The Origins of Iranian Mistrust of the United States, 1980-1988

Paved with Differing Intentions: The Origins of Iranian Mistrust of the United States, 1980-1988

In March 2014, surveillance pictures were taken in the Islamic Republic of Iran showing a non-working replica of a US Navy aircraft carrier being built by Iranians, which prompted statements of suspicion from American officials.

Wiping the Slate: Ideological Violence and the 'Cleansing' of our Shared Culture

Wiping the Slate: Ideological Violence and the 'Cleansing' of our Shared Culture

The Internet has wrapped us all in a cocoon of social media, drawing us closer to each other in ways unimaginable even a century ago. It allows us to marvel at the glory of ancient and faraway civilizations; reading their literature and gazing at their artwork provides a glimpse into the lives of our ancestors. But this globalization has not halted the irreversible destruction of our shared culture, as political movements like IS, the Taliban, and the 2003 U.S. invasion of Iraq make poignantly clear. Will we cherish the monuments of humanity’s creativity, and stop their demolition, or will we continue to allow usurping ideologies to trample on the only relics we can truly take pride in as a collective species?